Action Directory

The following is a documentation of the 300+ actions available in the Shortcuts app.

First, check out the Category of the Week.

Then, browse by the main Categories, or dive into a subcategory to see only a small subset actions.

Plus, check out my custom-tagged sorting for Actions by Types, Difficulty, and Prompt Type.

Make sure to check out Related Shortcuts for each action too.

Category of the Week

With new iPhones on the way and iOS 15 here, make sure to check out the full collection of new actions:

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Add New Calendar

Creates a new calendar. Result (Text) The name of the new calendar

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Create Photo Album

Creates a new album in the Photos app, including the specified photos and videos. Input Result

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Get Contents of Folder

This action gets the files inside of the specified folder. Recursive If this option is enabled, this action will get all the files inside of a folder, including its subfolders.

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Get File from Folder

Gets a file or folder by a relative path, starting at a folder you choose. Path The relative path to retrieve, such as β€œfolder/file.txt”

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Get Text from PDF

Gets text from the provided PDF file. Input Rich text, File, Image, URL, Evernote note, PDF, Text Result Text, Rich text

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Make Image from PDF Page

Creates images from the pages in the PDF passed into the action.

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Share With Apps

Prompts to share the input using action extensions and sharing extensions provided by other apps.

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Stop and Output

Stops execution of the current shortcut, and outputs content. This action is useful when: β€’ Running a shortcut from another shortcut (using the Run Shortcut action). The output will be used as the output of the Run Shortcut action. β€’ Running a shortcut from Quick Actions in Finder on macOS. The output will be saved as a file alongside the files selected in Finder. β€’ Running a shortcut from Services on macOS. The output will replace the selected content, if applicable. β€’ Or, when running a shortcut from another location that supports output, like the command-line or the Shortcuts URL scheme. No more actions will be run after this action.

Actions by Category

Browse all the Actions in Shortcuts using the default categories provided by Apple – or narrow down even further using the individual subcategories as labeled in the app:

Location

Get data from the world around you.

Sharing

Take your content & send it somewhere.

Web

Interact with the whole internet.

Actions by Difficultly Level

Some actions are more straightforward, while some take a bit to learn about and implement in your shortcuts.

Browse them depending your current comfort level, then move up a level to see what else is possible next:

Basic

Simpler shortcuts that solve a problem with just a few steps – these are easier to learn from.

Regular

Average shortcuts that include a bit of scripting or use of variables.

Advanced

More complex workflows that solve a particular problem well.

Actions by Type

Actions generally come in three forms – actions from apps, actions for content, and scripting.

The following categories sort all the actions into these larger buckets, letting you browse depending on your targeted area:

Apps

Interacting with apps on your device to accomplish a goal.

Content

Working with files and data to create something new or manipulate existing info.

Scripting

Powerful ways to make your shortcuts accomplish more or work in multiple contexts.

Actions by Interaction Type

View all the Actions in Shortcuts by how interactive they are when the shortcut is running – will it prompt you, work in the background, or open an app?

These categories are particularly helpful for determining whether a shortcut is good for an automation or Siri, for example:

Works in Background

Actions that fire off in the background and never require a prompt.

Potential Prompt

Actions that may or not prompt for a response, depending on how you set it up – all actions with "Ask Each Time."

Always Prompts

Actions that will prompt for a response every time the shortcut is run.

Opens App

Actions that move away from the current context and into another app.