by nate-parrott

nate-parrott / Flashlight

The missing Spotlight plugin system

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The missing Spotlight plugin system

Das fehlende Plugin-System für Spotlight.

Flashlight is an unofficial Spotlight API that allows you to programmatically process queries and add additional results. It's very rough right now, and a horrendous hack, but a fun proof of concept.

Have an idea for a plugin? Suggest it


Clone and build using Xcode, or download Flashlight.app from releases.

Writing Plugins

Start with the tutorial on writing plugins.

Once you're finished with a plugin, clone our repo, place your bundle in

, and we'll upload it to the online directory.


We welcome all contributions to the Flashlight core and plugins. See the wiki for more info.


Huge thanks to everyone who's contributed translations:

If it's not translated into your native language yet, you should consider helping us localize.

The iOS-style switches in the app (

) are ITSwitch, by Ilija Tovilo.

The code injection system is forked from Norio Nomura's EasySIMBL.

The ZipZap library by Glen Low is used internally.

Licensed under the GPL and MIT licenses (see LICENSE).

Helping out

You can help out by writing a plugin you want, taking a look at the Github issues, or sharing the app with friends on Twitter or Facebook.

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