๐Ÿ”Ž macOS productivity tool to launch everything


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Productivity tool to launch everything (e.g. switch the next song, connect bluetooth device, set a timer, etc.) so you can stay focused on your current task.

  • โค๏ธ    Open source
  • ๐Ÿค–    Native
  • ๐Ÿ”Œ    Plugins
  • โŒจ๏ธ    Custom hotkeys
  • โฌ†๏ธ    Sort options by frequency of use
  • ๐Ÿ“ฆ    Small size


brew install --cask spotter

Installation instructions and alternatives are available on https://spotter-application.github.io/getspotterapp


Default hotkey to run the app double shift



  • <app_name>


  • bluetooth
  • <device_name>

System commands

  • sleep
  • shutdown
  • restart
  • logout


  • 15m


  • e rocket

Kill applications

  • kill
  • k <app_name>

Applications dimensions

  • save application positions
  • restore application positions

Spotify / Apple Music

  • play
  • pause
  • next
  • previous
  • mute
  • unmute
  • share


  • 256/8


  • github.com


  • p email/gmail

The main idea

  • ๐Ÿ”ฎ    Provide an api on the native level
  • โš›๏ธ    React app uses it and implements various plugins

It will allow the application to remain native and be available for developing javascript/typescript plugins.


  • macOS Big Sur


After cloning & setting up the local project you can push the changes to your github fork and make a pull request.

Contributions are always welcome, no matter how large or small.

How to develop

React native requirements:

  • Xcode version 11.3.1 or newer

  • Ensure to install Xcode Command Line Tools. Open Xcode, then choose โ€œPreferencesโ€ฆโ€ from the Xcode menu. Go to the Locations panel and install the tools by selecting the most recent version in the Command Line Tools dropdown.

  • Install CocoaPods sudo gem install cocoapods

  • Install Node.js version 12 LTS or newer via HomeBrew brew install node

  • Install Watchman brew install watchman


  • Clone repo git clone https://github.com/spotter-application/spotter.git

  • Install node modules cd spotter && npm i

  • Install pods npm run install:macos

  • Run project npm start


"spotter.app" is damaged and canโ€™t be opened.

xattr -cr /Applications/spotter.app

The application "spotter" canโ€™t be opened.

chmod +x "/Applications/spotter.app/Contents/MacOS/Spotter"

spotter canโ€™t be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software.

Go to System Preference -> Security & Privacy -> General -> And Press "Open Anyway"


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  • Apps not showing in latest version

    Apps not showing in latest version

    Screen Shot 2021-03-04 at 10 19 45 PM bug 
    opened by niftylettuce 11
  • Spotter 1.0.2 does not launch other apps

    Spotter 1.0.2 does not launch other apps

    Hello there,

    yesterday I updated Spotter to 1.0.2 using Homebrew and since then no option comes out when I type <app-name>. Until the last update, I could launch any app from there (as Alfred does). Is this happening to anyone else?

    Thank you for your job!

    opened by baggiponte 10
  • Currency converter plugin ๐Ÿ’ฐ

    Currency converter plugin ๐Ÿ’ฐ

    Example queries:

    • 1000 euro in usd
    • 1 rub in euro
    opened by ziulev 9
  • No search results *Major Bug* (v1.0.0)

    No search results *Major Bug* (v1.0.0)

    The latest stable release v1.0.0 has inaccurate search results, no applications nor nested items e.g. Photoshop/Illustrator inside a folder in Applications directory are showing. No search results ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    opened by niftylettuce 9
  • Support alternative App locations as well as Exclusions

    Support alternative App locations as well as Exclusions

    Currently the Applications section only searches specific hardcoded paths for Applications see: https://github.com/ziulev/spotter/blob/7e71d72c4da230d4f1af896a6d89f36df699b180/src/core/helpers.ts#L49-L54

    Supporting at least ~/Applications would be an improvement. However, it should look everywhere like Spotlight and Alfred do, and have exclude paths to ignore certain apps.

    opened by exiva 7
  • Division doesn't work

    Division doesn't work

    Version: 0.0.4
    OS: macOS Big Sur Version 11.1
    Device: MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)
    Installed via brew cask

    When trying to divide in spotter, the app doesn't output anything. 4 diveded by 2 (doens't work)

    Basic math functions working: 2 times 3 (works just fine)

    opened by td00 5
  • Visual glitch in Catalina

    Visual glitch in Catalina

    The screenshot shows a dark gray color (dark mode), however the actual color was transparent and showing the background color instead. Only the shadow border indicated that something is wrong. Also, during that time it appeared to be lagging. At some point the menu bar icon did disappear while the app was still running. And clicking the three dots to show more results was also not possible. After a relaunch of the app the three dots were clickable again, however the transparent window frame is still omnipresent.


    opened by relikd 5
  • Feature request: register as homebrew cask

    Feature request: register as homebrew cask

    This would make installation easier (brew install --cask spotter) and will also handle updates until an update system is available.

    opened by Larandar 4
  • Issue installing cocoa pods

    Issue installing cocoa pods

    When i do npm run install:macos i recive: `

    [email protected] install:macos cd ./macos && pod install

    Auto-linking React Native module for target spotter-macOS: RNCAsyncStorage Analyzing dependencies Fetching podspec for DoubleConversion from ../node_modules/react-native-macos/third-party-podspecs/DoubleConversion.podspec Fetching podspec for RCT-Folly from ../node_modules/react-native-macos/third-party-podspecs/RCT-Folly.podspec Fetching podspec for boost-for-react-native from ../node_modules/react-native-macos/third-party-podspecs/boost-for-react-native.podspec Fetching podspec for glog from ../node_modules/react-native-macos/third-party-podspecs/glog.podspec Downloading dependencies Installing DoubleConversion (1.1.6) Installing FBLazyVector (0.62.16) Installing FBReactNativeSpec (0.62.16) Installing Magnet (3.2.0) Installing RCT-Folly (2018.10.22.00) Installing RCTRequired (0.62.16) Installing RCTTypeSafety (0.62.16) Installing RNCAsyncStorage (1.13.2) Installing React (0.62.16) Installing React-Core (0.62.16) Installing React-CoreModules (0.62.16) Installing React-RCTActionSheet (0.62.16) Installing React-RCTAnimation (0.62.16) Installing React-RCTBlob (0.62.16) Installing React-RCTImage (0.62.16) Installing React-RCTLinking (0.62.16) Installing React-RCTNetwork (0.62.16) Installing React-RCTSettings (0.62.16) Installing React-RCTText (0.62.16) Installing React-RCTVibration (0.62.16) Installing React-cxxreact (0.62.16) Installing React-jsi (0.62.16) Installing React-jsiexecutor (0.62.16) Installing React-jsinspector (0.62.16) Installing ReactCommon (0.62.16) Installing Sauce (2.1.0) Installing ShellOut (2.0.0) Installing Yoga (1.14.0) Installing boost-for-react-native (1.63.0) Installing glog (0.3.5) [!] /bin/bash -c set -e #!/bin/bash

    Copyright (c) Facebook, Inc. and its affiliates.

    This source code is licensed under the MIT license found in the

    LICENSE file in the root directory of this source tree.

    set -e


    if [ -z "$CURRENT_ARCH" ] || [ "$CURRENT_ARCH" == "undefined_arch" ]; then # Xcode 10 beta sets CURRENT_ARCH to "undefined_arch", this leads to incorrect linker arg. # it's better to rely on platform name as fallback because architecture differs between simulator and device

    if [[ "$PLATFORM_NAME" == *"simulator"* ]]; then


    export CC="$(xcrun -find -sdk $PLATFORM_NAME cc) -arch $CURRENT_ARCH -isysroot $(xcrun -sdk $PLATFORM_NAME --show-sdk-path)" export CXX="$CC"

    Remove automake symlink if it exists

    if [ -h "test-driver" ]; then rm test-driver fi

    ./configure --host arm-apple-darwin

    Fix build for tvOS

    cat << EOF >> src/config.h

    /* Add in so we have Apple Target Conditionals */ #ifdef APPLE #include <TargetConditionals.h> #include <Availability.h> #endif

    /* Special configuration for AppleTVOS */ #if TARGET_OS_TV #undef HAVE_SYSCALL_H #undef HAVE_SYS_SYSCALL_H #undef OS_MACOSX #endif

    /* Special configuration for ucontext */ #undef HAVE_UCONTEXT_H #undef PC_FROM_UCONTEXT #if defined(x86_64) #define PC_FROM_UCONTEXT uc_mcontext->__ss.__rip #elif defined(i386) #define PC_FROM_UCONTEXT uc_mcontext->__ss.__eip #endif EOF

    Prepare exported header include

    EXPORTED_INCLUDE_DIR="exported/glog" mkdir -p exported/glog cp -f src/glog/log_severity.h "$EXPORTED_INCLUDE_DIR/" cp -f src/glog/logging.h "$EXPORTED_INCLUDE_DIR/" cp -f src/glog/raw_logging.h "$EXPORTED_INCLUDE_DIR/" cp -f src/glog/stl_logging.h "$EXPORTED_INCLUDE_DIR/" cp -f src/glog/vlog_is_on.h "$EXPORTED_INCLUDE_DIR/"

    checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/local/bin/ginstall -c checking whether build environment is sane... yes checking for arm-apple-darwin-strip... no checking for strip... strip checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /usr/local/bin/gmkdir -p checking for gawk... no checking for mawk... no checking for nawk... no checking for awk... awk checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes checking whether make supports nested variables... yes checking for arm-apple-darwin-gcc... /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/bin/cc -arch armv7 -isysroot checking whether the C compiler works... no xcrun: error: SDK "iphoneos" cannot be located xcrun: error: SDK "iphoneos" cannot be located xcrun: error: SDK "iphoneos" cannot be located xcrun: error: unable to lookup item 'Path' in SDK 'iphoneos' /Users/MatiasGotz/Library/Caches/CocoaPods/Pods/External/glog/2263bd123499e5b93b5efe24871be317-d86cb/missing: Unknown --is-lightweight' option Try/Users/MatiasGotz/Library/Caches/CocoaPods/Pods/External/glog/2263bd123499e5b93b5efe24871be317-d86cb/missing --help' for more information configure: WARNING: 'missing' script is too old or missing configure: error: in /Users/MatiasGotz/Library/Caches/CocoaPods/Pods/External/glog/2263bd123499e5b93b5efe24871be317-d86cb': configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables Seeconfig.log' for more details

    npm ERR! code 1 npm ERR! path /Users/MatiasGotz/spotter npm ERR! command failed npm ERR! command sh -c cd ./macos && pod install

    npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in: npm ERR! /Users/MatiasGotz/.npm/_logs/2021-01-03T22_50_50_680Z-debug.log`

    opened by Zaitam 4
  • Opening files in spotter

    Opening files in spotter

    Hey! I'm new to spotter, and I am really loving the app. I don't know anything about coding, but I was able to get the app up and running. One question though: does spotter let me search for files? I don't seem to be able to do so.

    Also, is there a quicker way to open Spotter settings? I've been doing it by setting a timer and click on the timer icon and then accessing settings. I'm sure there is a better way.

    opened by Jefin10 3
  • Added lock screen command

    Added lock screen command

    Thanks for the great work on this project! This adds a small update with the addition of the option to lock the screen (which you would normally do with cmd+ctrl+q) instead of just making the computer go to sleep. Let me know if this is something you'd be interested in adding to spotter and if there's any changes I need to make. Again, thanks for your hard work on the project!

    opened by smithbm2316 0
  • Auto launch cannot be saved when checked

    Auto launch cannot be saved when checked

    1. Auto launch cannot be saved when checked
    2. The setting window is always at the top, affecting other programs


    opened by liby 1
  • How to set up a Google Search?

    How to set up a Google Search?

    I saw this in the demo, after downloading, I found that I could not use this feature. image

    But I couldn't find out where to set it, and it wasn't mentioned in the README.

    opened by liby 1
  • WIP: External plugins

    WIP: External plugins

    ref: #23

    opened by ziulev 0
  • ๐Ÿ“• Dictionary Plugin

    ๐Ÿ“• Dictionary Plugin

    Adding a plugin for word definition instead of opening the dictionary app

    opened by diego-mari 5
  • Mouse input issues

    Mouse input issues

    When you do a search, using the mouse to click on an item will open the currently highlighted item. Even though the right item you click on turns blue like it did register. It would also be nice for it to move the highlighted item as you hover over the cell.

    opened by exiva 2
  • ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ Theme Support

    ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ Theme Support

    Having theme support would expand customizability to fit everyones liking.

    opened by exiva 0
  • ๐ŸŽง Spotify playlist selection

    ๐ŸŽง Spotify playlist selection

    opened by ziulev 1
  • ๐Ÿ“… Calendar plugin

    ๐Ÿ“… Calendar plugin

    Example queries:

    • Calendar today
    • Calendar create event
    opened by ziulev 1
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