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icon Menu Bar Search - An Alfred Workflow

Quickly search through menu options of the front-most application. ↓ Download

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  • Type m in Alfred to list menu bar items for front most application.
  • You can filter menu items by name, or do a fuzzy search.
  • Alternatively, set a hotkey to trigger the workflow as well.


  • m new tab will match the menu item New Tab
  • m cw will match the menu item Close Window

Change log

  • 1.0 - Initial Release
  • 1.1 - Added Fuzzy Text Matching for Menus
  • 1.1.1 - Changed run behaviour to terminate previous script, this makes the experience slightly more faster
  • 1.2 - Completely native menu clicking, removed reliance on AppleScript
    • 1.2.1 - Performance improvements when generating menus using direct JSON encoding
    • 1.2.2 - More performance improvements while filtering menu items
  • 1.3 - Added -async flag to allow threaded scanning and populating of menus
  • 1.4 - Added -cache setting to enable menu result caching and also set a timeout for cache invalidation
    • 1.4.1 - Invalidate cache (if present) after actioning a menu press
    • 1.4.2 - Slide the cache invalidation window forward in case we get invalidated by a near miss
    • 1.4.3 - Speed improvements to caching, text search and fuzzy matching
    • 1.4.4 - Added -no-apple-menu flag that will skip the apple menu items
    • 1.4.5 - Tuned fuzzy matcher, allows non-continuous anchor token search
  • 1.5 - Faster caching using protocol buffers
    • 1.5.1 - Reduced file creation for cache storage
    • 1.5.2 - Better support for command line apps that create menu bar owning applications
    • 1.5.3 - Protocol buffer everything - microscopic speed improvements, but hey...
    • 1.5.4 - Added various environment variables to fine tune menu listings
    • 1.5.5 - Tweaked ranking of search results for better menu listings
  • 1.6 - Added per app customization via Settings.txt configuration file
  • 1.7 - Universal build for M1 and Intel
  • 1.8 - Fixed the universal build
  • 1.9 - changed to user configuration, and signed executable (exported using Alfred 5)
  • 2.0 - Alfred workflow gallery support! With added shortcut search, brand new configuration settings, tweaks to caching behaviour, brand new icons


  • Based on the ctwise's ObjC implementation of Menu Bar Search, which I've ported over to Swift and added caching and per app configuration to speed things up.


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