Since the release of Workflow in 2014, we’ve created hundreds of automations to help readers use their iOS devices more efficiently. The goal of this archive is to offer a complete catalogue of our old workflows as well as new custom shortcuts for Apple’s Shortcuts app.
Each shortcut in this archive has been created and tested by Federico and the MacStories team. Shortcuts are organized in categories, and you can jump directly to a specific category by using one of the section links below.
Total number of shortcuts in archive: 91
Last update: Jan 9, 2019
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Share iTunes Affiliate Link
Given a link to an item copied from the iTunes Store, this shortcut lets you easily transform it into an affiliate link, which you can share with extensions.
App Release Notes
Copy the release notes for the latest version of an app shared from the App Store. By default, the shortcut searches the U.S. App Store, but you can change the country to your locale.
Save App Store Icon
Search the App Store for an app and save its icon to the Photos app.
Save App Store Screenshots
Search the App Store for an app and save screenshots from the product page to the Photos app.
Save App to Trello
Save an app from the App Store as a card in Trello. The app's icon, title, and other metadata are used to compose a rich card in Trello.
Fantastical Schedule (Multi-Platform)
View Fantastical's schedule for today using native app shortcuts for the iPhone and iPad versions of the app. The shortcut doesn't require any user interaction to choose platforms.
Time Until Important Event Location
Calculate how much time you have until an important event comes up. If you specify a location to filter important events, driving time to the selected address is also calculated by the shortcut.
View your next five calendar events in a list. The selected event will be opened in the system Calendar app. This shortcut can be used from the widget.
Pick a file from iCloud Drive and share it with other apps through extensions.
Download a file from a URL stored in the system clipboard. The downloaded file can be saved in iCloud Drive or other storage providers with a native Files interface.
Create a PDF from an item shared with the Shortcuts extension via the share sheet. The PDF is previewed with Quick Look, from where it can be saved into other locations using the share sheet.
Zip and Share
Compress the input items into a .zip archive and share the archive file with app extensions. You can enter the name of the archive manually.
Create a .zip archive containing a backup of all your shortcuts. The backup file is saved under the /Backups/ folder of Shortcuts' iCloud Drive directory.
Attach to Bear Note
Append a file or image to the bottom of a note in Bear. The shortcut will either present the native Files or Photos picker before launching the Bear app.
Rename and Save File
Rename the file passed as input to the shortcut and save it somewhere else with app extensions. Designed to compensate for the lack of file renaming in the 'Save to Files' extensions in iOS 12.
Compress Dropbox Files
Pick multiple files from Dropbox and share them as a single .zip archive.
Copy iCloud Drive Link
Pick a file from iCloud Drive (or other document providers) and create a shareable iCloud Mail Drop URL to let other people download the file.
Extract Individual Files from Zip Archive
Given a compressed archive passed as input via the share sheet, this shortcut can extract the archive and save individual files contained inside it to iOS document providers.
Extract All Files from Archive
Extract all files from a compressed archive passed as input and save them into the same folder in iCloud Drive/Shortcuts. The name of the archive is used to create a new destination folder in Shortcuts' iCloud Drive container.
Add Attachment to Agenda
Append attachments to existing notes in the Agenda app. The shortcuts supports both images and documents from Files, and it can be executed from the share sheet (for input files) or the Shortcuts app.
Read the HealthKit database to find out how much you slept last night.
You can modify the shortcut to customize Siri's response based on how much time you slept.
Log your current weight in HealthKit by entering a numeric value. The shortcut can also be used from the widget.
Log your current waist circumference in HealthKit by entering a numeric value. The shortcut can also be used from the widget. By default, the shortcut converts centimeters to millimeters.
Glass of Water
Log a small glass of water in HealthKit. By default, the shortcut logs 150 milliliters of water to the Health app.
Log a cup of espresso as caffeine intake in HealthKit. By default, the shortcut logs 50 milligrams of caffeine to the Health app. The shortcut can also be used from the widget and Siri.
Check how long ago you had your last coffee based on when caffeine was last logged in HealthKit. You can use this shortcut in the widget and Siri.
Check how much water you've drunk today based on water entries logged in HealthKit. You can use this shortcut in the widget and Siri.
Share Dropbox Photo
Select an image from the photo library and upload it to Dropbox. The shortcut returns a public Dropbox link to the image that can be shared with other people.
On This Day
Search your photo library for old photos taken on this day in previous years. The shortcut can look for photos from multiple years, with multiple photos per day. If more than one photo is found, photos are resized to square and combined in a grid.
Create a round avatar based on someone's Twitter profile picture. To run this shortcut, save a profile image from Twitter first.
Combine multiple images into a single image. The shortcut supports images passed as input via the extension as well as picking images manually from the photo library.
Share Clipboard Image
Share an image from the system clipboard with app extensions. The shortcut supports both images and photo media contained in the clipboard.
Live Photo to GIF
Convert a Live Photo to an animated GIF and preview it in Quick Look. The GIF can be saved to the Photos app directly from the preview.
Image to Ulysses Sheet
Add an image to an existing sheet in Ulysses. Images can be shared via the share sheet or picked manually in the Shortcuts app.
Add device frames to screenshots for iPhones (6, 7, 8, X, and XS generations in standard/Plus/Max sizes), iPad Pro (11" and 12.9", 2018 models), Apple Watch S4 (40 and 44mm), MacBook Pro (Retina 13-inch), and iMac (5K). The shortcut supports portrait and landscape orientations, but does not support Display Zoom. If multiple screenshots are passed as input, they will be combined in a single image.
Apple Frames (iOS-only)
Add device frames to screenshots for iPhones (6, 7, 8, X, and XS generations in standard/Plus/Max sizes), iPad Pro (11" and 12.9", 2018 models), and Apple Watch S4 (40 and 44mm). The shortcut supports portrait and landscape orientations, but does not support Display Zoom. If multiple screenshots are passed as input, they will be combined in a single image.
A mail merge shortcut that supports multiple variables for email addresses and a second piece of information for each recipient. Each email address is automatically paired with the corresponding variable in the second group. Supports customizable message and subject templates.
Video Speed Up
Speed up a native video player in Safari choosing from a list of speed presets.
Enable Picture in Picture mode for a native video player in Safari. Only works on iPad.
Full Screen Video
Enable full-screen mode for a native video player in Safari.
Navigate chapters or copy links for the Overcast episode you're currently listening to. Best used as a widget.
Encode to Audio and Share
Encode the file passed to the shortcut as audio and apply custom metadata to it such as artwork, artist name, and album. The audio file is then shared with extensions.
Share the song you're listening to on Twitter. The shortcut shares the song's name, artist, and artwork.
Get the title of the currently playing song and search for its lyrics on Google.
Share Song with Contact
Add the currently playing song to an Apple Music playlist and tell one of your favorite contacts about the addition by sending them an iMessage.
Apple Music Wrapped
Create a detailed report for the music you've listened to in the past year. The shortcut can optionally create a Top 25 playlist for your most played songs and generate a PDF report. The shortcut is primarily designed for Apple Music subscribers.
To calculate number of plays, the shortcut looks at songs that have been played in full without skipping and added to your library in any given year.
Link to 2Do
Save a link from the clipboard or shared via the extension to 2Do as a new task. You can pick from multiple lists and optionally define a tag to be automatically applied to the new task. The original link is embedded in the task as a 'Visit URL' action.
Search Reminders For...
Search your Reminders' note fields for a specific text query. By default, the search query is chosen from a list of pre-assembled options.
Create Webpage Reminder
Create a reminder for the webpage currently open in Safari or Safari View Controller using the webpage's original title and URL. You can type a due date in natural language. The shortcut needs to be executed from the action extension.
Append to Clipboard
Get text from the share sheet and append it to the system clipboard as a new line.
Spreadsheet to Markdown Table
Convert a spreadsheet to a MultiMarkdown table. For the best experience, select a table in Numbers, copy cells, then run the shortcut.
Publish to WordPress
Publish a Markdown post to WordPress via the Shortcuts action extension. The shortcut can extract the h1 Markdown header from a post and use it as title. Optionally, you can publish both standard and "linked list" post types by adding a custom field supported by your WordPress installation.
Safari Markdown Selection
Convert a rich text selection from a Safari webpage to Markdown and copy the plain text to the clipboard. The shortcut needs to run as an extension in Safari.
Copy Blank Characters
Generate a string of invisible characters based on the Braille Pattern Blank Unicode character (U+2800). This is a workaround to create shortcuts with invisible names on the iOS home screen. The shortcut lets you choose how many times you'd like to repeat the blank character to avoid issues with multiple shortcuts having the same name.
Clip to iCloud Clipboard
Clip any kind of text contained in the system clipboard to a Clipboard.txt file stored in iCloud Drive. This shortcut is designed to allow you to keep a record of previously copied bits of text and easily sync them across devices. The shortcut can be executed from the widget, and it also supports rich text and URLs.
iCloud Drive Clipboard
Copy items items previously clipped to the Clipboard.txt file in iCloud Drive back to the system clipboard. The shortcut can be executed from the widget.
Create a rich text hyperlink based on a URL from the system clipboard. This shortcut is ideal for creating underlined links for apps that do not support rich link creation such as Notes or Apple Mail.
Start Toggl Timer
Start a new timer in your Toggl account. The timer can be assigned a specific description, task, and tag using variables.
Prepare Toggl Template
This shortcut extracts a project ID and task ID from a project in your Toggl account. These IDs are needed to configure shortcuts that start timers. To access your Toggl account over the API, enter your email:password combination below. The shortcut communicates directly with the Toggl API.
This shortcut returns details for any currently running timer in your Toggl account.
This shortcut stops any currently running timer in your Toggl account.
Focused Work Session
Start a 20-minute focused work session by setting a timer, enabling Do Not Disturb, and starting time tracking with the Toggl iOS app.
Save to Evernote and Share
Save any file shared with the Shortcuts extension to Evernote as a new note. At the end of the shortcut, an Evernote link to the note is copied to the clipboard.
Get Images from Webpage
Count the number of images contained in the current Safari webpage. This shortcut can run in Safari and Safari View Controller from the share sheet.
Append Link to Evernote
Append URLs shared with the Shortcuts extension (or stored in the clipboard) to an existing note in Evernote.
Share Long URL
Expand a short URL into the long, unfurled version. Optionally, you can share a textshot associated with the URL by picking a photo from the library.
Append Links to Evernote
Append a link to an existing note in Evernote. The link is either passed to the Shortcuts extension or read from the clipboard.
Linked Post → Drafts 5
Create a template for a linked post to an article in Drafts 5. The text selection from a Safari webpage is used as a Markdown blockquote. The original title, author name, and URL of the webpage are also preserved in the note.
Get the latest Apple news from one of your favorite tech blogs. Headlines can be previewed in Siri or the widget.
Search your last 50 unread Pocket items for a particular search query, which you can type directly in the shortcut. The result you pick will be opened in Safari.
Extract Image Links from Webpage
Given a selection in Safari, the shortcut finds all image links contained in the selected portion of the page and offers to open them as new tabs. Selected image links are also copied to the clipboard.
Open in Twitter Apps
Open a Twitter link in Tweetbot, Twitterrific, or the official Twitter app. Both profile links and individual tweets are supported. The shortcut can be run inside the widget.
Trigger IFTTT Webhook
Trigger a webhook-based IFTTT applet from Shortcuts. Requires an IFTTT Maker developer key. The shortcut can be executed from Siri or the widget as well.
Add Clipboard Row to Google Sheet
Send a link from the iOS clipboard to IFTTT, which will add it as a new row in a Google spreadsheet. Requires setup of an IFTTT applet to turn a webhook request into a Google Sheets row.
Uses the ComEd Current Hour Average electricity price API for Northern Illinois to return the average price of electricity for the current hour in USD.
Netatmo Weather Today
Return information from a Netatmo Home Weather Station, which includes indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, and data from air quality sensors.
Snooze Slack 1 Hour
Snooze your Slack notifications for 1 hour. The shortcut supports setting a different duration for Slack's do not disturb mode and can also turn off snooze if already enabled. Requires a test API token.
Linked Post → Ulysses
Create a template for a linked post to an article in Ulysses. The text selection from a Safari webpage is used as a Markdown blockquote. The original title, author name, and URL of the webpage are also preserved in the sheet.
Clip to Yoink
Save the contents of the system clipboard to Yoink. Can be used from the Shortcuts app, the extension, the widget, or Siri.
Copy Latest from Yoink
Copy the most recent item saved in the Yoink app. Can be used from the Shortcuts app, the extension, the widget, or Siri.
Start your workday by turning on a HomeKit switch, setting Hue lights to a focus mode, and waking up your Mac using the 'Remote for Mac' app.
Enable Do Not Disturb choosing from three different types of expiration times: until manually turned off, until a calendar event is over, or until a specific time.
Pay for Lunch
Send money to a friend who paid for lunch. The shortcut will add the local business' name in the payment's note field.
Get the current weather for a specific location provided as a street address. The shortcut can be used in the app, widget, or Siri.
Today Weather Forecast
Display a weather forecast for your current location and the current day.
Display a list of forecasts for the next few days, provided by the iOS Weather app. You can pass your street address to quickly return forecasts.
Convert between centimeters and inches with a menu that lets you pick a starting unit. The shortcuts supports interactions (including entering numbers) in the widget as well.
Convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit with a menu that lets you pick a starting unit. The shortcuts supports interactions (including entering numbers) in the widget as well.
Home Screen Icon Creator
Create a custom icon on your iOS home screen for any app URL scheme, shortcut, contact, or solid color. This shortcut uses the same technique of Apple's Shortcuts app to save an icon to the home screen, but extends it with the ability to fully customize the launcher, including icons and launch images.