• jeeyul's answer points out that Reminders-related URL schemes are undocumented, which would likely cause rejection of apps that use them when submitted to the macOS/iOS App Store.

    • For personal use, however, this wouldn't be an issue (except that undocumented behavior could change without notice).
  • As of macOS 13 (Ventura), the reminders: scheme fundamentally doesn't work anymore - only x-apple-reminderkit: does.

The Reminders application understands the x-apple-reminderkit: reminders: URL scheme, so that you can invoke it, for instance, from Terminal as open x-apple-reminderkit: (use of // is optional), which simply opens the application with its default / last-saved state.

What I'm looking for is documentation of further elements of this scheme. Specifically, I want to construct URLs that allow me to do the following:

  • open a specific list
  • open a specific reminder

I've tried things like x-apple-reminderkit:74771907-EA34-4848-A935-0C839AE123CC using both list and reminder-item identifiers,[1] but to no avail.

See also:

[1] From the terminal (running a POSIX-compatible shell such as zsh or bash), you can use the following command to print all list by name and identifier:

osascript -e $'tell application "Reminders" to repeat with lst in lists \n log {get name of lst, get id of lst} \n end repeat'

To print a single reminder's name and identifier, adapt the following example (use list id "some-list-id" in lieu of first list:

osascript -e $'tell application "Reminders" \n set rmnd to first reminder of first list \n log {get name of rmnd, get id of rmnd} \n end tell'

3 Answers 3



  • The (partial) solution below no longer works as of macOS 13 (Ventura): The x-apple-reminder: scheme is no longer supported via open - even though individual reminders (as opposed to lists) still report their IDs as x-apple-reminder://{some-guid} via AppleScript, for instance.

jeeyul's answer mentions x-apple-reminder as an alternative URL scheme.

While both reminders:// and x-apple-reminder:// work on OSX to merely launch the Reminders app, it turns out that the following works only with x-apple-reminder://, which shows how to open (jump to) a specific reminder:


Example: from Terminal, open the reminder whose ID is 0BFDC528-306D-47A7-8E8F-895ACCDC6FFA:

open x-apple-reminder://0BFDC528-306D-47A7-8E8F-895ACCDC6FFA

However, doing the same for a reminder list does NOT work.


I don't know the details of URL scheme. However the scheme is x-apple-reminder not reminders It can launch reminder app at least.

However the host and path rule is not revealed yet. Reminder widget can open Reminder with specific EKReminder, So, there must be a scheme definition for it.

The scheme x-apple-reminder is undocumented, So using it should be rejected.

  • Thanks - curiously, for merely launching the Reminders app on OSX, reminders:// works just as well as x-apple-reminder:// However, I've up-voted your answer for mentioning the latter, because it turns out that you can at least open specific reminders with it - see my [half-]answer. Incidentally, that the Reminder widget can open an individual reminder doesn't necessarily mean that it's using a URL to do so.
    – mklement0
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 15:52

I found one tricks for proximity type reminders. I was looking for the way to find which proximity reminder triggered a shortcuts.

If a reminder is a due date type, it’s pretty easy. Shortcuts filter offers complete or due date sort fiction and selecting the latest completion reminder is the one who triggered a shortcuts.

But if a proximity type reminder triggered a shortcuts, ios doesn’t offer such as “latest proximity reminders”.

I spent several hours to find an alternative and figured out this way works.

Find Reminders where List is YOUR_LIST Sort by last modified date Order latest Limit on Get 1 reminder

This method works for me.

This is very useful if you have hundreds of proximity reminders and if you don’t want to make hundreds of shortcuts associated with each reminder. This methods can also pass text data from note section of reminders to a shortcuts.


  • Assumption is 1. List of reminders contains proximity type reminders only. 2. Shortcuts must be triggered immediately from reminder URL scheme.
    – Garminmaps
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 23:55

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