notion search

Created By: Will Lewis, 437 Stars, Last Updated: 16/11/21 19:05:49

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From the project's README:


An Alfred workflow to search with instant results

Simply type your keyword into Alfred (default: ns) to see instant search results from Notion that mimic the Quick Find function in the Notion webapp. Selecting a search result takes you to that page in Notion in your default web browser.

Comes with pre-configured support for OneUpdater for automatic version updates


Workflow Variables

  • cookie: Needed for your Notion token. I don't know how long a Notion token lasts but I suspect indefinitely if you use notion regularly.
  • notionSpaceId: Your organisation identifier.
  • isNavigableOnly: Defaults to True. Setting to false allows you to search objects within a page, ie notion objects that cannot be found through the left hand side navigation pane.
  • useDesktopClient: Defaults to False. Determines whether to open Notion links in the desktop client rather than the web app.
  • enableIcons: Defaults to True. This toggles support for Notion icons to be shown natively in Alfred search results, for a better design/UX experience. Custom Notion icons are downloaded on demand.

Obtaining your workflow variables

Visit the Notion webapp and use your browser developer tools to see the network requests being made when you type in anything to the quick find search bar.

Here you'll see a request called search, check the request headers to copy the cookie value and check the request payload to copy your notionSpaceId.

Known issue: Some users have experienced issues with copying these values directly from developer tools, but have seen success by copying and pasting the values into TextEdit or a different text editor first, this probably "strips out" or removes any problematic formatting.


Get your cookie headers

They should look something like this

notion_browser_id=1bcfbfb9-e98c-9f03-bfbe-e6f622e98721; logglytrbckingsession=eb1c82cb-fd88-9760-831f-bcc2b1fce01e; bjs_bnonymous_id=%22bdbf1088-b33c-9bdb-b67c-1e2cbbde11eb%22; _fbp=fb.1.1282102012213.1311670027; intercom-id-gpfdrxfd=b61ec62d-2b20-9c9d-8b12-b12736bb8f21; token_v2=b39099...


Get your spaceId

It should look something like this



Adding the variables to the Alfred workflows

In the Alfred worfklow in the upper right corner click the [x] icon and add the values from above to the corresponding value field



  • If you prefer using the Mac app of Notion, set the useDesktopClient environment variable in Alfred to True.
  • If you experience performance issues or slow searches, you may wish to set enableIcons to false. This changes the search results design so icons are in line with the title, it also disables the downloading of any Notion custom icons that you come across whilst searching.


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