I often need to run multiple copies of an app, like VLC. For this I use the terminal and run a command similar to:

open -n /Applications/VLC.app

How can I create a shortcut with Alfred to run this one command if I type a keyword like vlcnew?

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I don't see a feature in Alfred that looks like it will enable that directly (though I might have missed it).

You can:

  1. open Automator
  2. create a new application
  3. add the "Run Shell Script" action
  4. paste in your command
  5. Select "Save..." from the file menu
  6. name it vlcnew.app

Now Alfred should find that app if you type vlcnew.

  • Hi @Phil consider marking the answer as correct if it is ok.
    – lnjuanj
    Apr 27, 2016 at 16:53
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    great answer. i've never used automator before. i would suggest a Step 7: move the new .app into your user's "Applications" folder. in shell, this would be mv <path to my.app> ~/Applications/my.app. Nov 4, 2016 at 19:44

If you have the PowerPack, you can create a workflow.

Workflows can run bash scripts in terminal, post notifications etc..

Alfred workflow window


Now you can also run a Terminal Command using Powerpack.

  1. Create a "Blank Workflow"
  2. On the top right corner, click on the plus sign and choose the trigger you want.
  3. Click the same plus sign and now choose Actions -> Terminal Command and type whatever command you would like to run

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You can also just open Alfred and start with a '>' in front of your query.

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More information: https://www.alfredapp.com/help/features/terminal/

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