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Workflows for Safari: create an HTML link with selected text or title

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I asked ChatGPT to write Alfred workflows to create an HTML link with selected text or title from the current tab in Safari. It took about six tries for AI to get them right. Granted, it’s easy to create links in Markdown or with aText or TextExpander doing the tedious stuff, but I wanted to see if a workflow could do it in HTML (especially useful, I’d say, for those of us who still blog and are making links on the fly). I used a Hotkey, so there’s nothing to show in the Alfred window.


URL+text: It’s necessary to highlight text, press Command-C, and then press the Hotkey. If anyone knows how to have a workflow recognize highlighted text without the need for Command-C, I’d love to know.


url=$(osascript -e 'tell application "Safari" to return URL of front document')
link="<a href=\"$url\">$text</a>"
echo $link | pbcopy


URL+title: All that’s needed is to press the Hotkey.


title=$(osascript -e 'tell application "Safari" to return name of front document')
url=$(osascript -e 'tell application "Safari" to return URL of front document')
link="<a href=\"$url\">$title</a>"
echo $link | pbcopy


I’ve placed the workflows in a Dropbox folder for downloading:


URL+text: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1v1w4qfn28rt9ye/URL%2Btext.alfredworkflow?dl=0


URL+title: https://www.dropbox.com/s/thd9o8kogr6cvbl/URL%2Btitle.alfredworkflow?dl=0


I’m no coder, and I hope what I’m sharing here is appropriate and useful.

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48 minutes ago, Stephen_C said:

Use a Universal Action trigger limited to text?



Stephen, thanks for your suggestion. Could you explain where that would go?


Vitor, thanks for your suggestions. I’ll look at the Automation Task to create Markdown links. I’m in way over my head here, but that’s often a good way to learn.


I should mention that the Safari extension URL Linker doesn’t work properly in Ventura. A working extension would make all of this a lot simpler.

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28 minutes ago, Michael Leddy said:

Could you explain where that would go?

Right at the start of the workflow. Take a look at the link in my previous email and the link also on the help pages about universal actions[1].


Edit: [1] See here.



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