search notes app

Use Alfred to quickly open notes in iCloud/Apple Notes.

Last Updated: 01/04/20 22:00:01
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Search with Alfred


Search keywords

  • n to search note titles (this also lets you find notes using the pattern “[folder name] [note name]”)
  • nb to include note body text in search
  • nf to search note folder names

Result actions

  • enter to open the note/folder
  • cmd+enter to copy the note body to the clipboard
  • alt+enter to copy notes://[title of note] to the clipboard

Use Note Opener/Note to make notes:// urls open the relevant note when clicked.


If you’re on macOS Catalina, download version 2.1.0 of the workflow. If you haven’t used python 3 on your computer before, you may need to install the Xcode developer tools by running the following command in a terminal:

xcode-select --install

If that doesn’t work for you, or you’re on an older macOS, try version 1.4.3.

Stay up to date

Be notified of new releases by watching this repo or subscribing to the Alfred forum thread.


Result ordering

By default, results are ordered based on the modification date of the note. If you want to order results alphabetically, change the environment variable.


Custom icons will show up when a folder name begins with an emoji, like 📗 Misc in the screenshot above. Add your own icons to the workflow’s icons folder and tweak to see them in Alfred. The default icons are from Emojitwo.


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