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I use a File Filter to search within files of a specific folder.

In case there is no file found (e.g. no file for query XYZ), I would like to provide a custom entry like "Create XYZ" which then allows me to trigger the creation of a new file using the "XYZ" query string.

The creation of the file is not the problem; I am wondering if this custom entry is possible at all without implementing the file search functionality on my own using a script filter.

Does anyone have an idea how this could be approached using Alfreds built-in features?


Thanks :)

Edited by swissmanu

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You could create a Fallback Search that creates a file, and then set that as one of your default fallbacks. Then Alfred will show it whenever there are no results.


But there's no way you can tie it to a specific workflow/File Filter. You'd need to use a Script Filter and implement it all yourself.

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hey @deanishe, thank you for your suggestion! i ended up already in my own implementation using a shellscript which uses mdfind internally.


in the end i did not check if there are no results, but append a "create" item all the time.

in case somebody wants to do something similar, my code is attached below.


cheers :)




RESULTS=$(mdfind -onlyin "${DIRECTORY}" "kMDItemContentType == 'net.daringfireball.markdown' && (kMDItemDisplayName == '${QUERY}*'c || kMDItemTextContent == '${QUERY}*'c)")
RESULTS=($RESULTS) # Split Results

declare -a ITEMS
for i in "${RESULTS[@]:0:8}"; do
    ITEM=$(cat << EOF
        "uid": "${i}",
        "type": "file",
        "title": "$(echo ${i} | sed 's|.*/||')",
        "subtitle": "${i}",
        "arg": "${i}",
        "icon": {
            "type": "fileicon",
            "path": "${i}"

ITEMS+=$(cat << EOF
        "title": "Create '${QUERY}.md'",
        "subtitle": "Create a new Vault entry",
        "arg": "create:${QUERY}"

cat << EOF
    "items": [${ITEMS}]


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