Workflow Utilities

Utilities are an object type new to Alfred 3; They give you control over how your objects are connected together and over how the arguments output by the previous object is passed on to the next object.

Arguments and Variables

This versatile utility allows you to make two types of changes to the input from the previous object; Use Argument to modify the input before outputting it, and use variables to store the input for use later in your workflow.

JSON Configuration

Use the JSON object to modify the flow of data through Alfred, allowing for updated arguments, variable replacements, dynamic configuration of connected objects and inserting new variables.


The junction utility is a very simple workflow object that performs no action itself, but allows you to tidy up your workflow connections.


The Filter utility helps you control which stream your workflow should follow by matching certain rules, using equal to, not equal to and regex matching.


This utility allows you to add a delay (in seconds) before moving on to the next object in your workflow stream.


This handy utility helps you process the input text and format it to suit your needs, tidying up the data formatting.


This utility allows you to replace an input with another value of your choice before passing it on to the next object.

Hide Alfred

This utility object gives you more control when preventing Alfred from hiding in a connection.


The Debug workflow object can be connected to any other object in your workflow. Together with the debug viewer, it can help you troubleshoot issues with your workflows' outputs.

Find out more about Utilities

Want to see the Utilities in action? We've included a few workflows in the Getting Started guides and examples in Alfred, which you can find under the [+] button at the bottom of the Workflows sidebar in Alfred's preferences.

To-Do List Example

Many of these workflows use utilities, which you'll recognise as smaller square objects in comparison to the other objects. They're small but mighty!

Find out more about Workflows

Discover workflows and learn how to create your own in the Workflows section.

To find out more about other workflow objects, take a look at each type:

  • Triggers: Activate Alfred from a hotkey, another Alfred feature or an external source.
  • Inputs: Keyword-based objects used to perform an action, on its own or followed by a query.
  • Actions: The objects that do most of the work in your workflows; opening or revealing files and web searches, running scripts and performing commands.
  • Outputs: Collect the information from the earlier objects in your workflow to pop up a Notification Centre message, show output in Large Type, copy to clipboard or run a script containing the result of your workflow.

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