Mouseless Messenger offers you rapid keyboard-driven access to send and read conversations in the macOS Messages app via Alfred — all without ever interacting with the Messages app.
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Before the workflow can be used, you'll need to provide Alfred with Full Disk Access privileges via System Preferences:
Open System Preferences
Choose Security and Privacy
Select Full Disk Access
Unlock the 🔒 in the bottom left corner.
Enable the checkbox for Alfred.
If unavailable, use the ➕ button to add Alfred.
⚠️ Privilege Escalation
Full Disk Access is used to provide Alfred with access to the Messages database. However, by providing Alfred with this access, you are providing ALL Alfred workflow with access — not just Mouseless Messenger.
Be sure you trust your installed workflows before allowing this.
The workflow is triggered by the keyword msg. On run, you'll be provided with the your eight (8) most recent conversations in the Messages app.
To preview a message thread, press the SHIFT key while a conversation is selected. Press it again to dismiss the conversation preview.
To reply to a message thread, press the ENTER or RETURN key while a conversation is selected, then type your reply in the provided input space and press ENTER to send it.
In order for the message to send, the Messages app must be running in the background. The window doesn't need to be in the foreground (or even visible), but the app itself must be running.
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If you have a feature you'd like added, or an issue which needs attention, please open an issue on GitHub.