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My initial attempt at an Anki workflow. More to come after boards (have to put away addicting things such as Alfred :mellow:). 
I welcome any and all suggestions.


Download, GitHub, Packal.






  • :anki
  • :aset
  • :apath


Anki Terminology:

  • Collection = Group of Decks
  • Notes = Collection of Facts
  • Cards = Representation of Facts
  • A note has a one to many relationship with cards, while a card can have only one associated note.


Custom Dark Theme:

  • Cards (notes) created from the workflow use this theme.
  • Once the first card is created (from within workflow) the theme is available within Anki.
  • The theme comes loaded with jQuery v1.11.2 and plugins ZoomMagnific PopupPanzoom (mobile only), and Noty.
  • You can find it in Anki under Tools > Manage Note Types > Alfred Dark.
  • If creating cards from inside Anki the theme has optional fields.
    • Front, F Note
      • Front side, and optional note
    • Back, B Note
      • Back side and optional note
    • class
      • The theme default is to center all text.
      • To adjust text to the left enter left in the class field.
    • Noty
      • Show an optional note on the back-side of the card.
      • Good for reinforcement.
    • http
      • Entering a URL in this field displays a link in the bottom right on the back-side.
      • Accepts www.site.com without http
    • video - Accepts youtube and vimeo urls. Link to the video is displayed in the upper left on the back-side.


Workflow Progression:


1. :aset

  • As of now contains two actionable items.
    • Update collection (manual collection refresh)
    • Set Anki collection path (redirects to :apath)
  • :apath
    • The workflow looks for the Anki collection in the most typical locations.
    • If the path is not found the user will be prompted to enter the path manually.
      • The default directory is /Users/OSX_NAME/Documents/ANKI_USER/collection.anki2
      • The default ANKI_USER created when Anki is first run is User 1. If you have changed this, enter your Anki user name.
    • If the path is found :apath is only useful if needing to switch between collections.

2. :anki

  • Search the collection for a deck
    • Search by name, or deck id
    • If the deck doesn’t exist you can create a new deck with the query as the title.
  • Select deck
  • Search for notes within selected deck
    • Search by facts, or tags
    • If the card is not found you can create a basic, two-sided card (cloze additions on the to-do list). The theme is the custom dark theme described above.
  • Select card
    • Currently the only option after selecting a card is to modify its tags.
    • tags are entered as #tag1 #tag2 #tag3



  • This workflow uses the python workflow library Alfred-Workflow (by deanishe).
  • The internal structure borrows *heavily* from the FuzzyFolders and Reddit workflows (also by deanishe).
  • The new_card.py was written by (guess who) deanishe, as a demo for my edification.



  • Anki Sync
  • File Action to import csv’s
  • Sort decks by new, reviewing, missed
  • More robust display of deck/card statistics
  • Open Anki to a specific deck
  • Choose model (theme) when adding cards
  • Allow for cloze cards
  • Rename decks
Edited by DrLulz
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