Version: 1.2.0 || Release Date: 2014-10-16 || License: Other Open Source Developer: Blacktree | App Owner: alcor

Application launcher and much more.

Quicksilver is a unified, extensible interface for working with applications, contacts, music, and other data.
Anyone using a computer (and the Macintosh is no exception) spends a lot of time locating files and applications, and then carrying out actions on those items. The Finder is a reasonably good tool for getting a visual overview of the contents of your disk, but it isn't ideal for quickly locating and manipulating files, especially if you have a deep and complicated folder structure, or if you prefer keyboard navigation to using the mouse.

Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, while keeping your hands on the keyboard. For example, if you want to launch an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application's name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it. When you don't need Quicksilver, it keeps out of your way, preserving precious screen real estate, and yet you can summon it instantly with a key stroke - just like Mercury the winged messenger. Actually, Roman mythological texts are remarkably silent on whether Mercury could be summoned with a key stroke, but it would have been great if he could. Quicksilver will certainly make you feel as if you have god-like powers.

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119 Opinions

Has to be the most used and most indispensible piece of software on my mac. The longer you use it the more depths you find. Superb. Free.

best program ever! so extremely well thought out and executed that I find it hard to believe that it's free...

I can't think of anything to say, but feel that I should say something to pay homage...

oh yeah its free!!!

And may it ever remain so!

i switched from launchbar to quicksilver last month and must say, that qs makes the same job much quicker and its free.

One of my favorite parts about using OS X. What the phrase "Boom" was invented for.

Free Quicksilver user guide, in PDF format. Daring Fireball's John Gruber called it "the most comprehensive Quicksilver reference I’ve seen."




Thanks for the icons download link, that's been bugging me for a while. Although, what I really want is a transparent icon for this.

This is a great app this I couldn't live without.

Many people misunderstand what it does comparing it with Spotlight. Spotlight lets you find stuff (and launch), Quicksilver lets you do stuff. A couple of examples:

Select an image:
command - escape
type 'Sc' [for scale]
the image is rescaled

then type
re [rename]

the same image has been renamed

m [mail]
ma [mail it to macgruder, say]

and the image is in a new message to macgruder. All this in about 3 seconds.


The tune I'm presently listening to in iTunes has been rated a 4 (try doing that in Spotlight). All without leaving the App you are using.

Add triggers to Apple scripts,
F6 (that's it in my case)
and the two front windows are resized to sit side by side filling the screen - very useful on a G5 iMac.

command-option-control - w (close all the windows except the front one)

Of course, you can choose triggers you remember.

I absolutely love Quicksilver and after the initial 'remembering to use it' phase of reprogramming your habits, it's an amazing timesaver. I recommend it anyone who wants to be faster and use their mac in a more elegant manner with hacker aesthetic.

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