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How to get currently running processes (including/excluding background ones) within the workflow?


I've noticed, when I type "hide" keyword inside Alfred it shows running processes instantly. I have no idea how it does that.


I've tried using this command (from "Running" workflow), but it takes 2 seconds to get me the list:


osascript -e 'tell application "System Events" to get the file of every process whose background only is false'


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2 hours ago, aik099 said:

I have no idea how it does that.


This, probably:



AppleScript is pretty much always slow because there’s a lot of overhead in talking to applications.


A native Cocoa app, like Alfred, can just ask the framework it’s running in.

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