I created a service using Automator and noticed that it created a .workflow file in ~/Library/Services. Is this the same file that handles the service that I see under (Application's Name) > Services?

If so, does that mean that I can add or remove .workflow files directly in that folder and have it automatically appear in the Services menu? Or do I need to restart in order for that to happen?

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    As a side note, services can also be defined in a .app bundle, they will be defined in the Info.plist for the app.
    – ocodo
    Aug 2, 2015 at 5:28

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Services are in ~/Library/Services and yes, that is the file that handles the service you see in the services menu. Yes, you can add or remove them and they will automatically appear or disappear from the Services menu. Restart is not necessary.

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    More specifically, per-user services are stored in ~/Library/Services, and system-wide services are stored in /System/Library/Services.
    – calum_b
    Feb 18, 2011 at 0:59
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    Any idea where the "New Terminal at Folder" service is stored? It isn't in either of these two locations.
    – ra9r
    Jun 14, 2016 at 2:51
  • @scottishwildcat, you don't happen to know where the service Copy Link is stored?
    – 345422
    Jul 30, 2016 at 3:46
  • @boredrandom I don't think Copy Link is a Service, is it? It appears at the top level of the context menu for me, not in the Services submenu.
    – calum_b
    Jul 30, 2016 at 13:09
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    @calum_b Do you happen to know where the built-in system service "Search With Google" is stored? Mar 10, 2017 at 2:22

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