7 Alfred Workflows to Boost Development Productivity

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Workflows are a paid feature as part of the Alfred Powerpack. I've found that the money I spent on the Powerpack has been well worth the time saved from being able to leverage these special features. Below is a list of some of the top workflows I recommend.

1) Spotify Mini Player 🎵

I like listening to music while programming so when I found out there was a workflow for Spotify I was all in! There are so many features packed into this workflow that I've really only scratched the surface. I would highly recommend this if you're a Spotify user.

🌐 Check out Alfred Spotify Mini Player

spotify-mini-player.jpg Image from official Alfred Spotify Mini Player homepage

2) MDN Search 🔍

I constantly refer to the Mozilla docs so this workflow makes it super easy for me to search for a query within Alfred and quickly take me to the official MDN docs on the topic.

🌐 Check out the workflow on Github

alfred-mdn-search.png

Image from alfred-mdn Github page

3) Open In VS Code 💻

This extension allows you to quickly and easily open any project folder within VSCode.

🌐 Check out the workflow on Github

4) React Docs Search 🕵🏽‍♀️

I work a lot in React at my job. I've found this workflow to be super handy when I need to reference the React docs while working on a particular task.

🌐 Check out the workflow on Github

alfred-react-docs-search.gif

Gif from alfred-react-docs Github page

5) Caffeinate ☕

Caffeinate is a native OS X command line utility that solves the problem of your Mac constantly falling asleep on you. This is especially annoying when you're trying to read something, and your screen keeps dimming and then turning off. This workflow allows you to interface with Caffeinate so that you needn't open the terminal and send commands.

  • Caffeinate Control Github Docs

🌐 Check out the workflow on Github

alfred-caffeinate.png Image from Alfred Workflows site

6) Interact with Homebrew 🍺

Homebrew's dubs itself as "The Missing Package Manager for macOS (or Linux)" and it's a handy tool to use when needing to install different applications. I recently came across this Alfred workflow that lets you easily interact with Homebrew.

🌐 Check out the workflow on Github

alfred-homebrew.gif Gif from alfred-homebrew Github page

7) Notion Search 📝

I have not officially tried out this workflow. However, it is on my radar of new tools to try so I wanted to include it for those of you who love Notion as much as I do. My notion workspace has a lot of pages and I'm hoping this will make drilling down to the notes I want a lot quicker.

🌐 Check out the workflow on Github

notion-search-alfred-workflow.gif

Gif from notion-search-alfred-workflow Github page

El Fin 👋🏽

I hope you will find these workflows to be a helpful and productive addition to your toolkit. If you enjoy lists like this, you might also enjoy my articles on 5 Chrome Extensions I recommend and My Top 7 Free Mac Apps.

Feel free to share any other workflows that weren't mentioned that you're using. Thanks for reading and happy coding!

Braydon Coyer's photo

I've only recently started using Alfred - this is a great resource! Thanks for sharing!

Stefan Natter's photo

Hey Alyssa Holland,

thanks for sharing these workflows. I am always on the lookout for new Alfred workflows!

Alyssa Holland's photo

Thanks for sharing Stefan Natter! I saw that you recommended Dash so I'll have to give that workflow a try at some point.

Stefan Natter's photo

Alyssa Holland I’m pretty sure you’ll like it a lot.

Catalin Pit's photo

I keep seeing Alfred popping up. I might have to give it a go!

Alyssa Holland's photo

Definitely give it a try!