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Welcome @djpadz,


Alfred uses Spotlight’s metadata to search for files, so if Spotlight can do it (can it?), so should Alfred. Try a File Filter.


If iBooks relies on an internal database such as SQL, and that’s what you want to access, then a Workflow to read it would be the way to go (and might or might not be feasible).

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Hi, @vitor.  Thanks for the response.


Curiously enough, it doesn't appear that Spotlight indexes Books.  It's not even listed in the Spotlight prefs.  However, ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iBooksX/Data/Documents/BKLibrary contains a sqlite database that contains the bits I'd need.  Is there direct support for sqlite queries in Alfred workflows, or would I have to externalize that?

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Hey guys,

Not sure if you're still looking, but I created a workflow to do just this. I'm pretty happy with the results, as it allows you to have fine-grained and also looser control over what you're searching for in the Books app, depending on how you're searching. I'd love if you gave it a test and let me know if there's anything you'd want to improve with it :)




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