Some month ago I started using openmeta tags to manage my files. Is there a tool which shows all openmeta tags on my mac and the files tagged with these tags?


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Some suggestions:


By CASEapps.

  • Lists all created tags and files associated with them
  • Can tag
  • Easy search filtration
  • QuickLook



By Ironic.

  • Lists all created tags and files associated with them
  • Can tag
  • Easy search filtration
  • Ratings
  • Heavier/more feature rich interface



By Ali Rantakari

  • Free
  • Tags & Tag searches for file lists must be made manually
    • ie. doesn't list created tags, which was what you were after
      • but hey, the price is right!


  • A down vote from be because (unless I'm missing something), Leap does not reliably find files that have OpenMeta tags alone. That surprises me. Jul 26, 2015 at 11:18
  • Additional context: this answer is amongst the examples that are offered in meta.stackexchange.com/a/261875/166799 under How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers?. Aug 2, 2015 at 7:24

Listing all tags

I'm not presently aware of a "blessed" way to list all tags on the system; Jari's answer is probably the best solution for this component of the question.

Finding files with a tag

The "blessed" way to search for files with a specific tag is by using Apple's mdfind tool in the Terminal.

For example, here's how to use it to find all files in all directories with the work user tag:

mdfind "kMDItemOMUserTags == 'work'"

To limit it to a specific directory, use the -onlyin parameter:

mdfind "kMDItemOMUserTags == 'work'" -onlyin ./

For more flags, see man mdfind.


Nifty Box was a great free, scriptable application.

I wrote some nice AppleScripts that could go through tags and color certain files.

Links (added by grahamperrin): http://web.archive.org/web/20120623015606/http://www.nifty-box.com/discontinued on or before 2012-06-23.

  • 2
    Can you provide any more information about the program, and perhaps a link?
    – Daniel
    May 16, 2012 at 11:25

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