I really use Alfred a lot. I now was just wondering if I can do somethings with the currently selected file in finder (most of the time move it to a folder, create new mail with this as attachment, open with application xyz etc pp). I think Launchbar and Quicksilver had such a feature.

Any hints are welcome!

  • Alfred is not AppleScriptable, and I didn't find a built-in function or additional hotkey.
    – Daniel Beck
    Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 17:42
  • You're right, LaunchBar does have a feature that does this, called "Instant Send". (Sorry I don't have an Alfred answer for you.) Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 21:48

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Indeed there is.

  1. Select the file in Finder
  2. Hold down Command + shift + G

This shortcut can be altered if necessary:

  • For Version 1: Preferences » Features » File Navigation.
  • For Version 2: Preferences » Features » File Search » Actions » File Selection

Version 1 Preferences Screen Shot

The available actions for the selected file then shows in Alfred. This is at the moment an advanced feature and thus requires the Powerpack (12 pounds).

Version 1 Act Upon File Screen Shot

  • The layout has now changed. It's available under Features > File Search > Actions at the bottom: File Selection.
    – P A N
    Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 18:19

If others search for how to get the selected files as input in an Alfred 2 workflow, you can add a hotkey trigger where the argument is set to "Selection in OS X":

It works with files selected in Finder, Alfred, and other applications. If multiple files are selected, their paths are separated by tabs in {query}. This method can also be used to get plain text selections as input, but there is currently no way to replace the selected text like in Automator.


You can also select the file/folder in Finder, then invoke Alfred, type actions and hit return:

example of Alfred action list for selected Finder item

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    This option doesn't appear in v2 of Alfred. Any work arounds beside a hotkey? Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 20:46
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    For the record, in v2 this feature is in Features > File Search > Actions > File Selection.
    – Form
    Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 23:58
  • @Form Still only has a hotkey option there. Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 21:29

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