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

  • @LаngLаngС It's Quick Look not QuickLook. See: support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/mh14119/mac Nov 11, 2020 at 16:43
  • @user3439894 Oh. Which one is canonical $ /Library/QuickLook or developer.apple.com/documentation/quicklook ? Honestly confused. Was that changed at some time? Nov 11, 2020 at 16:49
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    @LаngLаngС What something is called and how it might be stored on disk are two entirely different things! Apple clearly refers to it as Quick Look and to OP originally had it that way until lejonet changed it and grg corrected it, which is what I did after it was once again wrongfully edited. Nov 11, 2020 at 16:59

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Yes, there are several:

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    A quick note on the differences would have been nice.
    – Crissov
    Nov 13, 2015 at 8:28

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, 2018 at 20:24

ePub-quicklook is the only plugin that is being maintained up to 2016, but says it does not work in Mojave or later.

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).

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