Is there a Quick Look plugin to preview .epub (ebook) files?


Yes, there are several:

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    A quick note on the differences would have been nice. – Crissov Nov 13 '15 at 8:28

ePub-quicklook is the only plugin that is being maintained up to 2016.

It comes in two parts:

The epub.qlgenerator plugin is designed to extract the cover images from EPUB files to use as the file icon, and present a nice overview of the EPUB in QuickLook.

The epub.mdimporter plugin is designed to extract information from EPUB files (metadata as well as text content) and index it so that Spotlight can search it.

To install, download the either files, or both from github Releases.

Then copy the unzipped epub.qlgenerator file into /Library/QuickLook/ (for all users) or ~/Library/QuickLook/ (for the current user only).

And copy the unzipped epub.mdimporter file into /Library/Spotlight/ (for all cusers) or ~/Library/Spotlight/ (for the current user only).


EPUB-Plugins Quick Look & Spotlight plugins. OT QLMobi.

  • This one worked for me (Mojave 10.14.2). Went to Releases page, downloaded EPUB.qlgenerator_v1.1.1.zip, unzipped, dragged EPUB.qlgenerator into ~/Library/QuickLook, did a qlmanage -r and voila, we're in business. Finally! (NB I'm not interested in the Spotlight indexing part.) BTW this one previews not just the cover/metadata but the contents. BTW^2 I'm using QLMobi for other ebook formats (prc, mobi, azw, azw3, azw4 and some pdb), for those looking. – Tom Hundt Dec 27 '18 at 20:24

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