Allows you to control iTunes and browse the iTunes library.

Available on macOS version 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15, 11.6, 12.4
for Quicksilver build 4024, 4026, 4039


Show Artwork and Previews

With this enabled, Quicksilver will show the album cover (for albums and tracks) or the poster frame (for videos). If disabled, a generic icon will be shown instead.

Without Gloss and Shadows

Artwork and previews are taken from the Quick Look system. By default, Quick Look adds some gloss over the image and a drop-shadow behind it. The image needs to be reduced in size to accommodate the shadow, and the gloss can obscure details in some cases. Enable this setting to see artwork and previews in their original form.

Group Compilations

With this enabled, tracks from different artists will be shown under a single album (if part of a compilation).

Monitor Recent Tracks

With this enabled, Quicksilver can store the last 25 tracks played by iTunes. It only includes tracks that have played since Quicksilver last started, and only while the preference was enabled.

Display Track Notifications

If Monitor Recent Tracks is enabled, you can optionally have Quicksilver display a notification every time a new track starts. The type of notification (built-in or Growl) can be controlled via Quicksilver's various preferences related to notifications.

Include Videos when Playing Albums

Some albums might have videos associated with them, but you probably don't want them to play when listening to an album. This allows you to control that behavior. The name is a bit misleading, as it will also apply if you select an artist and play them (which will play everything by that artist).

If your selection contains only videos, they will play regardless of this setting.

Disable EQ when selecting AirPlay device

With this setting enabled, when you use Quicksilver to select one or more AirPlay devices for output, it will also disable the equalizer. This is probably what you want, as almost every AirPlay device has its own equalizer effects and you don't want to double them up.

If you select the "Computer" device only (effectively turning off AirPlay), the equalizer will be enabled.

NOTE: The equalizer is only disabled/enabled if you select an AirPlay device using Quicksilver. Selecting a device through the iTunes UI, etc. will not change EQ settings.


There are three catalog presets to choose from.

iTunes Playlists

This will add the following to your main catalog:

These items can also be accessed by selecting iTunes in Quicksilver and hitting → or /.

Individual tracks are not added to the catalog as they're rarely sought out, and would really just slow Quicksilver down. Artists, Albums, Tracks, etc. can still be accessed quickly (see Browsing below).

iTunes Controls

These are the same controls you can add triggers for (to control playback, adjust volume, and adjust rating). You can add them to the catalog in addition to (or instead of) assigning triggers to them.

Scripts (iTunes)

This will add any AppleScripts you have in ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts/. (There are none by default.)

Equalizer Presets

This entry adds all of your equalizer settings to the catalog.

AirPlay Devices

This entry adds available AirPlay devices to the catalog.

Proxy Objects

The following proxy objects will be available. Most only work when iTunes is running, and some only when a track is playing.

Proxy Name Running Playing
Currently Playing Track Yes Yes
Currently Playing Artist Yes Yes
Currently Playing Album Yes Yes
Current Playlist Yes Yes
Selected Playlist Yes No
Current iTunes Selection Yes No
Random Track No No


You can quickly locate and play anything in your iTunes library (including Apple Music and iTunes Match), even if it's not stored in Quicksilver's catalog. You can do this by assigning triggers to search a certain criteria (like Artist or Genre) or by selecting "Browse [Criteria]" in Quicksilver.



You can play any of the following:

Add to Playlist…

Add artists, albums, tracks, etc. to an existing playlist by selecting it in the third pane.

Reveal in iTunes

Show the selected track or playlist in iTunes. This is the alternate action for Play.


Mark the selected tracks as ones you love. This is the alternate action for Dislike.


Mark the selected tracks as ones you dislike. This is the alternate action for Love.

Download Track(s)

Download one or more tracks from Apple Music or iTunes Match to your computer for faster, more efficient access.

Open Booklet(s)

With album(s) or artist(s) in the first pane, you can display the PDF artwork that accompanies some albums purchased from the iTunes store. Nothing will happen for albums that don't include artwork.

Enable/Disable Track(s)

Toggle track(s) between "checked" and "unchecked" in iTunes. You can apply this to individual tracks, multiple tracks, albums, entire artists, or even entire genres.

Shuffle On/Off

Toggle the shuffle setting for the selected playlist(s).

Get Lyrics

Get the lyrics for the selected track.

Set EQ Preset

Make the selected equalizer preset active in iTunes.

Select AirPlay Device(s)

Send output from iTunes to the selected devices.

To turn off remote AirPlay, run this action on the device named "Computer" alone.

Be Aware

The most accurate information comes from iTunes itself, but that only works if iTunes is running. In order to get information without requiring iTunes to be running at all times, we read it from disk (from ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music Library.xml).

The information you see when browsing through your library comes from this XML file, but when you take an action like Play or Add to Playlist, the affected tracks are pulled from iTunes itself. This can lead to occasional inconsistencies in what you would see browsing in Quicksilver vs. what actually happens in iTunes.