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iCloud files shared with me do not show up in Alfred


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@Xavez Welcome to the forum!  In order for us to help you work out whether this should show up in Alfred or not, we'll need some more details, as I'm not sure how shared iCloud files are stored/indexed.


First, I'd recommend going through the steps on the Indexing Troubleshooting page. You'll be able to establish whether the files actually reside on your Mac and are found by Spotlight, and if so, whether you need to add any paths to your search scopes.




Once you'e established the above, if you need further help, please post your findings here :)



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@Xavez This info isn't particularly useful in establishing where and what the file is.


We'll also investigate this further to establish how iCloud shared files are treated by macOS, but in the meantime, could you please download the Metadata Tool here, and drag one of your iCloud files to it:



Copy the results into your reply here so that we can see what kind of metadata information is provided about the file, its location and type, etc :) 




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Sure thing


I’ve replace my username with a generic "username" and the file’s name is "filename"

/Users/username/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~SharedDocs/com~apple~Numbers:_fa365d835965f062bd6fd595a5bf5b55/1ABACA5F-1CAA-41F4-8C33-8C101EC1F85C/filename.numbers
Internal File Metadata
 Display Name: filename
    Alt Names: 
    File Type: com.apple.iwork.numbers.numbers
    Last Used: 2017-09-11 14:15:39 +0000
Raw mdls File Metadata
_kMDItemOwnerUserID            = 501
com_apple_iwork_SheetNames     = (
    "Sheet 1"
com_apple_iwork_TableNames     = (
    "Projecten vs beloftes"
kMDItemContentCreationDate     = 2016-10-05 09:15:25 +0000
kMDItemContentModificationDate = 2017-01-18 09:42:56 +0000
kMDItemContentType             = "com.apple.iwork.numbers.numbers"
kMDItemContentTypeTree         = (
kMDItemDateAdded               = 2017-01-18 09:43:06 +0000
kMDItemDisplayName             = "filename"
kMDItemFonts                   = (
kMDItemFSContentChangeDate     = 2017-01-18 09:42:56 +0000
kMDItemFSCreationDate          = 2016-10-05 09:15:25 +0000
kMDItemFSCreatorCode           = ""
kMDItemFSFinderFlags           = 8208
kMDItemFSHasCustomIcon         = (null)
kMDItemFSInvisible             = 0
kMDItemFSIsExtensionHidden     = 1
kMDItemFSIsStationery          = (null)
kMDItemFSLabel                 = 0
kMDItemFSName                  = "filename.numbers"
kMDItemFSNodeCount             = 6
kMDItemFSOwnerGroupID          = 20
kMDItemFSOwnerUserID           = 501
kMDItemFSSize                  = 146916
kMDItemFSTypeCode              = ""
kMDItemIsApplicationManaged    = 1
kMDItemKind                    = "Numbers-spreadsheet"
kMDItemLastUsedDate            = 2017-09-11 14:15:39 +0000
kMDItemLogicalSize             = 146916
kMDItemPhysicalSize            = 167936
kMDItemSupportFileType         = (
kMDItemUseCount                = 1
kMDItemUsedDates               = (
    "2017-09-10 22:00:00 +0000"
kMDItemUserModifiedDate        = (
    "2017-06-07 15:12:29 +0000",
    "2017-07-28 09:33:22 +0000",
    "2017-07-28 09:35:49 +0000",
    "2017-09-11 14:15:53 +0000"
kMDItemUserModifiedUserHandle  = (


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@Xavez The file you dropped in to the metadata tool is different to the alias' you show in terminal. Is this what you are seeing when you drop one of the .alias files in, or are you dragging a different file in?


Alfred should find the file you dropped in as long as ~/Library/Mobile Documents/ is in Alfred's Features > Default Results > Search Scope, which it is by default.

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@Andrew that’s what I see when I drag one of the .alias files in.


Note that you need two people to test this:

  • Person A creates a file in Numbers, and shares it via the iCloud file sharing function of Numbers with person B
  • Person B, opens the file in Numbers on their computer: the file shows up in iCloud drive. Finder calls it an "Alias", and in Terminal it looks like I posted in the screenshot earlier.

The result is: person A can find the file via Alfred, but person B cannot find the file via Alfred.

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It's worth adding that this may very well be a bug in macOS, as there is no reason for the target files to be marked as system - this prevents them from showing in Spotlight too.


Note that this workflow operates directly on the actual shared files. I don't think the alias files are relevant in this case, in fact, I didn't even see where they were.




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  • 2 weeks later...


Thak you SO much. I had this exact issue, was able to locate this post fairly quick, and installed the workflow as suggested and BAM... back up and running and able to see these shares. 

It's great support/community like this that keeps me coming back to this tool.  Keep up the good work (please....keep it up).  :)

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