The Quicksilver Project

The Project

Quicksilver is an Open Source project maintained by a tight-knit team.
The Quicksilver project encompasses everything in the Quicksilver environment, including:
coding, creating and maintaining plugins, user support, documentation, creating press and maintaining this website.


Quicksilver: Created 29 June 2003

Quicksilver was created in June 2003 by Blacktree Software.
Three years later, in November 2006, the project was released to the open source world.

r1 Initial Directory Structure Nov 4, 2006

Following this, Quicksilver had a shaky few years, with its future looking bleak. Several developers fixed a few bugs between 2007 – 2010, but nothing major was achieved.

Just when Quicksilver looked almost certain to die a slow death, a new group of invigorated developers picked up the project, creating a new site, twitter account and blog.

Quicksilver: Created 29 June 2003

In the early months of 2011, several developers worked vigorously to bring Quicksilver back to its former glory, and to what you see today.

Today, at over 21 years old, Quicksilver is the maturest and most versatile launcher application on any operating system.

The Quicksilver Team

Quicksilver is maintained by a small group of devoted volunteers. People come and go, as with any open source project, but the main core are those shown below.

Patrick Robertson

Patrick Robertson

Patrick is a freelance developer, who develops mobile apps, macOS apps and web apps. He first contributed to the Quicksilver Project in June 2008. Since then, he's gradually expanded on his knowledge of Cocoa and coding for macOS.
In late 2010, he had the idea of setting up and was a main initiator in kick-starting Quicksilver back into life.

Today, in and out of his freelance developing, he juggles between writing code for Quicksilver, managing, creating press and urging others to join the Quicksilver band-wagon.

Why does he do it? — Because he loves Quicksilver like so many, and believes with passion that there's nothing better out there.

Twitter: @p_j_r | Website: | GitHub: pjrobertson

Rob McBroom

Rob McBroom

Rob's first contribution was a Remote Hosts Plugin for Quicksilver, accompanied by extensive documentation on building plugins for Quicksilver. This paved the way in making it easier for coders to untangle the complexities of Quicksilver's codebase.

Rob is a keystone in fixing bugs and implementing new features in Quicksilver, be it writing plugins or creating new interfaces. He's an avid fan of documentation and helps ensure plugins are as easy as possible to understand.

Why does he do it? — Similar to Patrick, Rob's been a Quicksilver user since its creation, and just couldn't afford to see it disappear.

Twitter: @RobMcBroom | Website: | GitHub: skurfer

Philip Dooher

Philip Dooher

Phil created the @LoveQuicksilver Twitter account to counter the mimes of Merlin Mann.

Following this, he went on to create the @LoveQuicksilver Blog where he regularly posted hints, and answered users' questions.

Why does he do it? — The name 'LoveQuicksilver' says it all. Another avid Quicksilver user, but not a coder, Phil found his own way of contributing to the the Quicksilver Project.

Twitter: @LoveQuicksilver | GitHub: philostein

Those who are not Forgotten

There are many other notable contributors to the Quicksilver Project.

If you'd like to be a part of the project, there are many ways in which you can help: Translation, Coding, Documentation, Supporting Users or simply just Spreading the Word.