Shortcuts Catalog

Shortcuts Catalog


Hello and welcome to the Shortcuts Catalog!

This is a public resource to help people get started with Siri Shortcuts and the Shortcuts app.

It’s made up of three main sections below:

  • the Shortcuts Library, a collection of 25 starter shortcuts full of menus with hundreds of different ways to use them
  • my Member Shortcuts, my advanced collection of 25 shortcuts for folks subscribed to my membership (more below)
  • the Action Directory, a documentation of the 300 built-in actions in Shortcuts available to browse outside the app

Become a member to get access to:

  • Bonus members-only shortcuts plus more on an ongoing basis
  • Advanced categories & extra info for everything in the catalog when you’re signed in
  • Prerelease notes & workflows I’m putting together
  • Exclusive livestreams teaching you more about Shortcuts

Subscribe to my newsletter What’s New in Shortcuts to stay up with:

  • new shortcuts as they’re added to the catalog and membership
  • Shortcuts updates & new actions discovered in betas
  • stories from the community and links to related material


Shortcuts Catalog

Shortcuts Library

The following is my public Shortcuts Library.

Check out the variety of shortcuts for different areas in daily life, then add one that sounds interesting and run it to check out the menu of options available.

Make sure to scroll all the way down to see the Members’ Shortcuts section too.

Presents a series of options for interacting with your calendar and/or Fantastical:
• Creating events using prompts or natural language
• Displaying birthdays, overdue reminders, or today’s schedule
• Moving events to a different calendar
• Copying your free availability between events
• Planning for tomorrow or searching for upcoming events
• Creating repeating daily events (i.e. 30-day challenge)

Presents a menu of places to change playback, using Hand Off to HomePod where possible or accounting for Bluetooth/AirPlay devices. Includes the current device model for switching back as well, which includes a prompt if using Hand Off.

Multi-tool for dictating groceries, planning meals for the day, setting kitchen smart devices, setting alerts for dishes, defrosting, & expirations, and finding new recipes.

Waits a few seconds (to close the shortcut), takes a screenshot, waits for you to return to Shortcuts, then asks you to enter the title before adding it to Reminders.

Presents a menu for the following operations:
• Removing duplicates or empty lines
• Changing case, wrapping text, or Pretty Printing JSON
• Removing or adding list elements
• Cleaning up quotes from the Books app
• Viewing custom date formats

Looks for text formatted as Markdown coming from the clipboard or share sheet and converts it into Rich Text, then copies it to the clipboard.

Presents a large list of actions for the Notes app:

• Adding to existing notes
• Capturing new notes
• Adding to weekly notes or wishlists
• Opening Notes folders
• Counting words in a note

Presents a menu for:
• Dictating text to the clipboard or notes
• Translating your spoken text to another language
• Having Siri speak something you type (or make fun of you)
• Recording or listening to Voice Memos
• Opening Settings pages for Siri and Accessibility Voices

Presents a menu built to my custom usage of online communities:
• Opening Clubhouse for chatrooms with people I know from online
• Opening into the Shortcuts User Group slack I’ve put together
• Joining/sharing the link to join the Shortcuts User Group
• Opening into various Discord channels in the Relay FM community

Presents a series of menus for contacting various friends & family, each using their own preferred mode of communication. Includes a special menu for a significant other for quick daily messages.

Presents a menu for Gmail and Mail actions:
• Checking Gmail or the VIP folder in Mail
• Sending email in Gmail
• Emailing yourself
• Saving a draft in Mail
• Copying a rich text email signature from a Markdown template

Presents a menu of various time periods for setting Do Not Disturb, then adjusts your device according to the choice – includes a few colloquial phrases like “a bit” and “a while” that can be customized to your preferences, plus options for turning it on until lunch or after work.

Presents a menu of different types of workouts, then runs corresponding shortcuts for each that perform multiple sets like setting a HomeKit scene before starting the workout.

Presents a menu of the various categories that are usually shown to me in the News app along with the custom shortcuts I’ve built, then opens into Apple News based on the choice.

Presents a menu of options for opening into specific pages of the App Store: Search, Today, Apps, Games, Apple Arcade, the Developer Tools & Productivity categories, the Updates page, and also TestFlight for beta apps. Plus, includes tools for grabbing app links, details from the App Store, and icons.

Pulls a scan from the New York Time's website of today's Front Page by automatically formatting the date in the URL they use every time, then adds it to Books.

Presents a menu of daily weather activities, including:
• my main Weather Report shortcut
• my Get UV index shortcut
• checking the wind speed
• setting alarms for putting on sunscreen when outside
• checking the weather for tomorrow
• checking the temperature of indoor sensors
• checking how much light’s left in the day
• checking the Air Quality Index
• adding the weather to calendar

Presents a menu for setting voice & data modes, plus opening Settings pages for Cellular, Personal Hotspot, Low Data Mode, VPN Settings, Network Statistics.

Takes the current time, converts it to 24-hour time, then grabs just the Number value and uses it in an "If" conditional – if before 8pm (or 20), play podcast "A", otherwise if after 8pm play podcast "B."

Includes Import Questions for pre-selecting the podcasts.

Uses the Open App action to open into Igloo, an IRC chat app, that's set up with the TWiT Live chat feed.

Starts off by waking up the TV, setting it to my account and my preferences, and then presents a menu for taking advantage of all the Apple TV remote actions available in Shortcuts, including:
• activating the Screensaver
• the Up Next queue in the TV app
• turning subtitles on/off
• recreating the “What did they just say?” feature and other Skip controls
• opening a specific app
• showing the Remote on the current device
• sleeping the TV

Presents options to open into the Twitch app or Shortcuts.Live, which redirects to my latest public Shortcuts livestream.

Multitool for GIFs, including ways to use GIPHY, share from any animated GIFs saved in Photos, and convert images, bursts, video, or Live Photos into new GIFs.

Includes a menu for two other menus: checking your accounts and exchanging money – the first lets me check various banking apps, with logic to open the website when run from iPad; the latter lets me use the built-in Wallet actions to send money or request money using Apple Pay. Also includes an option for splitting regular bills in half with the same person over time.

Provides easy controls for various Accessibility features, including text sizing/weights, Voice Control / VoiceOver, AssistiveTouch, Speak Screen, Audio Descriptions, & more.

Presents a menu of bookmarks and options for learning more about Shortcuts, including returning to the Shortcuts Catalog, browsing the User Guide, or accessing various resources like MacStories’ coverage or David Sparks’ training course.

Shortcuts Catalog

Member shortcuts 🔐

Become a member to get the following 25 members-only shortcuts plus:

  • New shortcuts on an ongoing basis
  • Extra ways to browse the catalog when you’re signed in
  • Prerelease notes & workflows I’m putting together
  • Exclusive livestreams teaching you more about Shortcuts

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Pauses any current media, lowers the volume and brightness to a reasonable amount, turns off any extra network activity, turns on DnD, then presents a menu of actions to take in the YouTube app, including:

- a custom queue
- searching with voice or going straight to Subscriptions
- opening History, Watch Later, and Playlists
- opening shared links for CornerTube automatically
- using Shazam and opening the music video for the song

Opens menus for controlling my HomeKit scenes, controlling my Mac via SSH, setting up environment-type scenes or actions, activating other smart assistants, or controlling Sound Recognition.

Takes the current contents of your clipboard, stores it, and presents it alongside values from iCloud Drive previously stored with this shortcut to copy later.

If more than the preset Number of items are stored, the shortcut will only present number of recent items.

Presents a menu for you to:
• Open the handwriting folder in Notes
• Create a new document with today’s date for writing in
• Copy the text out of a note in the folder
• Open the Pencil page in Settings

Presents a series of actions for Craft, including:
• Opening workspaces, docs, or My Documents
• Adding to existing docs
• Making new docs from scratch, by combining notes, or using Markdown templates
• Opening into specific docs I’m working on

Presents a series of menus, starting with length of the workout to set Do Not Disturb, which device to set the Apple TV up or to pick Noise Control & then opens into a workout type of your on the current device using a deep link.

Presents options for various health activities:
• Meditation, showering, and brushing teeth
• Logging water/caffeine
• Opening the Fitness app and setting manual stand reminders
• Performing an anxiety awareness check
• Setting a nap timer
• Setting your alarm by the sunrise time or changing your sleep schedule

Opens into a variety of pages in the Health app, including: sleep, nutrition, handwashing, toothbrushing, activity, flights climbed, body measurements, mobility, heart data, VO2 max info, environmental volume levels, and headphone levels.

Presents a large list of actions related to acting on links with Safari:
• Searching the web for topics
• Opening URLs, deep links, or into Safari reader
• Adding articles to Reading list/Reminders or speaking them aloud
• Getting the original link for shortened URLs/redirects
• Running pages through Snopes or the Wayback Machine
• Viewing source code, grabbing header images, or utilizing RSS feeds
• Running Javascript on current Safari pages
• Doing keyword research

Presents a menu for actions to take using Twitter, including:

• Opening Twitter, Twitter News, and Lists
• Tweeting & live-tweeting with a hashtag
• Searching for Links, your own Tweets, and via People You Follow
• Opening “Followers You Know” for a person
• Grabbing a Markdown version of a tweet
• Extracting every tweet shared into a simpler dictionary

Presents a menu for options related to the Get My Location action and the GPS coordinates associated with it, allowing you to copy them, share them with someone, or log the spot in Notes. Also includes an option to open Find My Friends and see where your devices/friends are located.

Shows options for using Maps:
• Searching, getting driving directions, getting travel time
• Picking destinations halfway, logging mileage
• Driving to specific places or picking types of locations
• Using biking directions, transit resources, and rideshare actions

Presents a menu of various commands for controlling podcasts in Overcast, including changing episodes, starring the current episode, switching chapters, changing speeds, setting the Sleep Timer, seeking playback, starting up playback, saving quotes, copying links from show notes, and opening into the Podcasts app. Also includes Share sheet option for Adding to Overcast from Podcasts, and actions from Timery for formatting durations.

Presents a menu of various activities for preparing to record a podcast, including contacting your cohost, researching stories, reading up on those stories later, grabbing the titles & links and formatting them for Google Docs, opening said Google Doc, and more.

Shows options for various ways to watch video, whether picture-in-picture on the current device or using an Apple TV setup. Includes scenes for TV mode and movie mode, a way to quickly put lyrics onto an Apple TV, and a quick link to the latest $0.99 rental in iTunes.

Presents a menu for various gaming apps, HomeKit scenes, chatting with gaming friends, or for sharing your game codes.

Presents a series of options for utilizing your camera apps, sharing from albums you don’t use enough, capturing unique images using stitching, opening camera settings, & accessing the Magnifier.

Presents a series of options for photographers to utilize Lightroom, pick selects, clear shots, or organize photos from the day, and check Golden Hour so they can get out and take the best photos. Also includes option for specialized camera manufacturer apps.

Allows you to perform a series of calculations, either by typing it out, using a tip calculator, checking the percentage change between two values, counting or splitting up lists, and doing conversions like timestamps to seconds, time between dates, and MPH KM per HR or Miles Kilometers.

Includes a menu of various deep links into the Settings app, curated for my personal needs/most common use cases; also includes a way to reset any connections if you’re having issues.

Contains deep links to various iPad settings, including multitasking controls, keyboard backlight brightness, and other keyboard settings. Also includes a subroutine for my Handwriting shortcut, plus the ability to open Luna Display.

Multitool for managing Shortcuts, including:
• Researching from the User Guide, the Gallery, and MacStories
• Opening Shortcuts, running shortcuts, and editing shortcuts
• Listing your shortcuts, folder names, or generating iCloud links
• Checking your Shortcuts stats
• Generating deep links back into Shortcuts

Takes any data coming from the share sheet or clipboard and opens into the Shortcuts app to the Content Graph viewer, a mode that exposes the underlying components of content that's being passed through each step of your shortcuts.

The Content Graph is how Shortcuts knows which actions connect to each other, how to intelligently convert data from one type to another, and exposes magic variables/extra details to the user that lets them extract individual bits of data from the resulting content coming from actions.

Meant primarily for "Run Shortcut" as a debugging step, this takes the shortcut input and displays it in an alert so the user can see what type of content is being passed through – accounts for images/media in a notification if present.

Also displays the option to Continue or Cancel the current shortcut in case you want to stop and fix something.

Works with content copied to the clipboard as well.