Alfred workflow to pass selected text or clipboard through arbitrary shell one-liners
Author: Robin Breathe
Last Updated: 09/09/17 22:19:47
pipe transformation workflow for Alfred
An Alfred workflow enabling easy transformation of the current contents of the clipboard by piping through arbitrary shell one-liners.
Trigger the workflow by hotkey or keyword (default=
|, override with the
keyword variable) followed by an arbitrarily simple or complex shell one-liner to transform the contents of the clipboard in-place; optionally use the
Cmd-modifier to immediately paste the results into the foreground app, or the
Alt-modifier to show the results in large type.
Two hotkeys are configurable:
- transform the current contents of the clipboard (like the keyword); recommended hotkey:
- transform the current selection in the foreground app; recommended hotkey:
When triggered via hotkey, the leading keyword (e.g.
|) is not required.
- Transform to UPPERCASE:
| perl -nle 'print uc'or
| tr a-z A-Z
- Base64 encode:
- Base64 decode:
| base64 --decode
- Top 10 unique lines with counts:
| sort | uniq -c | sort -rn | head -10
A number of example pipelines (including those above) are built-in.
Built-ins can be disabled en-mass by setting the
load_builtins variable to any value other than
To save repetitive typing, custom aliases can be defined with the following syntax:
| alias NAME=PIPE | LINE @@@
@@@ (override with the
alias_terminator variable) terminates the alias definition and causes it to be saved.
| alias tac=sed '1!G;h;$!d' @@@
| alias top10=sort | uniq -c | sort -rn | head -10 @@@
Any custom alias can be removed with:
| alias NAME=@@@
Contributions & Thanks