Quicklook Video allows OSX Finder to display thumbnails, previews and metadata for most types of video files.
QuickLook and Spotlight on OSX 10.9 and later understand a limited number of media files – mostly only MPEG audio and video codecs within MPEG container files. This package adds support for wide range of other codecs and “non-native” media file types, including .asf, .avi, .flv, .mkv, .rm, .webm, .wmf etc.
This Quick Look plug-in is a component of SixtyFour. SixtyFour can be obtained at MacUpdate, https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/40405/sixtyfour/.
The Quick Look plug-in included within SixtyFour extends QuickLook’s standard functionality to display extra info: app architectures, app platform info and bundle version. It is no longer required to fire up the Terminal to get the architectures of an app or inspect the property-list file of an app to get the bundle version.
ReST, or reStructuredText is a text processing system for transforming plaintext documentation into other formats. This plugin provides a reST QuickLook viewer implemented in Nimrod.
Download from the project’s GitHub repo.
A simple QuickLook plugin to preview .strings files. Contrary to other QuickLook plugins to preview .strings files, this plugin can preview plain text .strings files as well as binary property list .strings files.
More information can be found on the developer’s blog.
Known Gerber file extension from Altium Designer, CadSoft EAGLE and KiCAD. More information can be found here.
Enables users to just select their Markdown file in Finder and through Quick Look preview them instantly. See how your Markdown file looks on web with just a hit on “Space Bar”.
“As developers of InkMark, we believe that Markdown is the future of writing and we want to make it accessible for everyone. Therefore we are building tools to serve that purpose. Install this plugin to preview your Markdown files with Quick Look.”
Available for download here.
qlBitRate is a QuickLook plugin that will display the bitrate (in kbps) of an MP3 file in the title bar of the QuickLook window. This plugin has been tested to work in at least OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion).
Check out the plugin and docs on GitHub here: https://github.com/jordansaints/qlBitRate.
Allows for previewing the content of several types of Commodore (CBM) related types of files:
- Disk images with file names ending with .G64, .D64, .D81, .D71
- Tape images having file names ending with .T64
- Program files – names ending with .PRG and .Pxy
The plugin corrects all known problems other “D64” plugins have, adds several more file types, displays the listings in correct font, follows the original formatting as closely as possible and allows character sets shifting like on a real CBM machine. Preview colours are freely configurable on a per-filetype basis with the supplied preferences application. Plugin supports also GZip compressed files without the need to decompress them first.
A full description and more information can be found here.
WebP is Google’s new image format and OS X doesn’t recognize the .webp files. This plugin will give you an ability to see previews and thumbnails of WebP images.
More information can be found at: https://github.com/emin/WebPQuickLook
DjVu QuickLook is a QuickLook plugin for generating first page previews of djvu documents.
To install, extract and move to /Library/QuickLook folder.
* ILBM and PBM
* 1-8 bitplanes
* Extra halfbrite
* Hold and modify
Download latest version from http://www.modermodemet.se/2013/03/quick-look-iff-ilbm-plugin/
Source code available at https://github.com/dalton-tulou/ql-iff
Coded by David Revelj
Please send bug reports and non-working IFF files to email@example.com
QuickLook JSON is a useful quick look plugin to preview JSON files. It will render files with a colorful view, and will allow to expand or compress nodes in the JSON tree.
More information can be found at: http://www.sagtau.com/quicklookjson.html
A QuickLook Plugin to display images dimensions and size in the QuickLook title bar (Very handy for developer / designers). It also dynamically display iPhone’s crushed PNG files in the finder and in QuickLook.
More information can be found at:
Thong is a Quick Look plugin to view your .string files with a simple touch. Thanks, Jelle Vandebeeck!
A Quick Look generator to display useful information about StarCraft II replays. The current version of the plugin (v1.0.0) correctly handles all replays (which range from patch 1.0.2 to 1.4.1).
Displayed information includes:
- Player name, color, race, profile link
- Map preview
- Game duration
More information and downloads for the plugin can be found here.
Code signing can be a pain, but the fact that Xcode gives very little information about a mobile provisioning file does not ease things.
Let me introduce a new QuickLook plugin. This plugin allows you to get a QuickLook preview for all .mobileprovision files.
It gives you the name of the profile, its creation and expiration date, its App ID, and a sorted list of all the UDIDs included.
More information can be found here: http://www.macmation.com/blog/2011/10/quicklook-plugin-for-mobile-provision-files/
cert-quicklook is a plug-in for QuickLook to easily generate previews of various unprotected certificate tokens.
Currently includes support for X509 certificates, DER or PEM (ASCII-armored).
Future plans includes extending for other types of data: keys, revocation lists, signing requests, e.t.c.
Tested with MacOS 10.5.8/10.6.6/10.7.1
More information can be found here: http://code.google.com/p/cert-quicklook/
QuickLook generator for Nintendo DS ROM image files. Creates thumbnails using game logo image. In preview mode displays also game title and additional info (if any).
More information can be found here.
A Spotlight importer and QuickLook plugin for the X3F RAW image format for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6.
Download here: http://www.corpus-callosum.com/software.html
Max OSX QuickLook Plugin for previewing NFO files.
Uses libiconv to convert the nfo text to utf8 and then lets WebKit render the output.
Currently, the plugin can only generate a preview.
Download here: http://github.com/planbnet/QuickNFO
A QuickLook plugin for CSV files.
The plugin will generate Icons for csv (comma separated) and tsv (tab separated) files and show a preview, along with some information (like num rows/columns).
To download, visit the project page at http://code.google.com/p/quicklook-csv/.
QuickLook plugin for FB2 e-book file format. Creates thumbnails using cover image. In preview mode displays some additional information like authors and title.
More information available on the developer’s website: http://bluezbox.com/fb2ql.html
A plug-in for viewing PVR textures.
This plug-in ships with atPeek, but is also available as a free download from:
The atPeek project page which uses this plug-in is at:
A QuickLook plug-in for viewing iPhone crushed Png files (native iPhone format).
From the developers, atPurpose Technologies:
The direct download link to PngUncrush QuickLook plug-in, which is free to download and use, is:
The atPeek project page which uses this plug-in is at:
“This is a QuickLook plugin for MacOS-X 10.5/10.6 that allows QuickLook preview of Animated GIFs. The current GIF support in the Finder doesn’t show animations. This plugin extends the Finder to allow QuickLook to display the GIF in its animated form.”
More information and download.
The first Quick Look Plugin geared specifically for photographers.
From the plug-in’s website:
“With SneakPeek Photo simply click on the unopened photo file (no matter where it is, even on your card reader) and hit the space bar. Up pops the picture into a large view that immediately gives you the detailed information you need. On the top bar, the much needed basics such as the type of file, its size, f-stop, focal length, color Sfile (sRGB, ProPhoto, etc) even a mini histogram. But there’s much more. Also on this view you’ll see buttons which will give you Exif data, all the camera settings, a Loupe View with high resolution zooms, and a large Histogram to see the blueprint of your shot. If the photo is geotagged, you’ll not only see the coordinates, but a nifty map of where the picture was taken. Plus there’s even a link to a more detailed map online.”
You can get more information by visiting the plug-in’s website at:
ImageFolderQLGenerator is an open-source QuickLook plug-in that creates thumbnails and previews for folders that contain image files. The thumbnails and previews it generates look like the normal folder icons, only with small thumbnails of some of the contained images overlaid on top.
More information and download at ImageFolderQLGenerator developer’s website.
Preview FITS header+images/spectra directly inside the Finder!
QLFits allows you to see FITS files right into your Finder, without opening the file! It automatically generates on-the-fly a colorized header, with images and/or spectra below! It even supports multi-extension fits files. Even better, it detects ESO keywords, and build automatic links to the proposal abstract, the file summary, and even the weather conditions!
Â• Colorized header.
Â• Quick summary + Full header
Â• Automatic detection of ESO keywords
Â• Links to ESO archive seeing/prog id pages (when possible)
Â• Support for multi-extensiom FITS files!
Â• On-the-fly preview of 2D images!
Â• On-the-fly preview of 1D spectra!
Â• For 2D images: On-the-fly thumbnail of 1st extension that contains data
Â• For 1D spectra: On-the-fly thumbnail of the spectrum
Â• Display of the value of the “OBJECT” header keyword, with large fonts.
Notes: images pixels are scaled linearly (it produces in general better results than linear or logarithmic-zscaling). If no data are present in the FITS, only the header is shown.
This Quick Look genÂerÂaÂtor disÂplays the conÂtents of a metainfo Â“.torrentÂ” file. Â Useful if you ever have to sort through torÂrent files that are named by 10 year old chilÂdren, but donÂ’t feel like firing up your client just to see whatÂ’s inÂ it.
More information can be found on the developer’s site.
Download qltorrent-1.0.dmg here.
This plugin allows iPhone/iPod touch application packages (IPA files) to be previewed in the Finder and other applications.
Please check out theÂ project page : http://code.google.com/p/quicklook-ipa/
TheÂ directÂ download link is :Â http://quicklook-ipa.googlecode.com/files/IPA%20Quick%20Look%20Plugin.dmg
Reader Javier writes:
I’ve created a free plug-in for displaying DPX pictures (useful in digital cinema and post-production environments).
It is at its first release but I expect to improve it quickly:
Reader Blaine Lewis writes:
This may look pretty familiar as I have adapted it from the Matroska Video File “plugin”. After having seen that one I figured you could do it for any file format (at least for Quicktime). So here is one for DIVX.
1. First you need DivX/Perian for .divx support in Quicktime :
2. Then you need to add a Uniform Type Identifier in Quicktime Player :
– Edit QuickTime Player.appÂ’s /Contents/info.plist
– Add the following code just before the last 2 tags
<string>DivX Video File</string>
3. In Terminal.app
touch /Applications/QuickTime\ Player.app
BrushViewQL allows you to see the contents of Photoshop brush files. Now you no longer need to load a brush file into Photoshop to see its contents.
Plug-in for viewing .MHT files.
Download on the developer’s website.
Quicklook for Adium, the multi-system IM application’s, chat logs (.chatlog).
QLFits allows you to see FITS header right into your Finder, without opening the file! It automatically generates on-the-fly thumbnail and preview of the fits header, with colors. Even more amazingly, it detects ESO keywords, and build automatic links to the proposal abstract, the file summary, and even the weather conditions!
Supports NES, FDS, SNES, VB, GB, GBC, GBA, NDS, N64 and more planned.
Download from the developer.
With Vvidget Code you can easily build Quick Look plugins and browse your data files using Cover Flow, Icon and List views in the Finder. The picture below shows an icon view of Vvidget documents made by a Quick Look plugin programmed with Vvidget Code.
More information can be found here.
FJNWebArchive allows viewing of Safari WebArchive files.
Download at QLPlugins, another great site for QuickLook plugins.
Allows for QuickLook previewing of Commodore 64 disk image files in the following formats: *.d64, *.d71, *.d81.
Randy Saldinger, developer of Suspicious Package, writes:
Suspicious Package, the QL plugin for examining Installer packages, has been updated to version 1.1.
This version adds mpkg support, fixes problems where install locations were not always displayed, and adds more information about the package — including administrator password and restart requirements, and what install scripts it contains.
Get the new version, still free, from:
I’ve written a Quick Look plugin that someone might find interesting: it lets you preview standard Apple installer packages to see what files that will/would install.
The plugin is called Suspicious Package. It is free, and can be gotten from http://www.mothersruin.com/software/SuspiciousPackage/
I just wanted to mention that QLColorCode (a popular source code highlighting plug-in) has been updated to version 0.4.1 and that the screenshot you’re showing is somewhat out of date.Â The highlighting engine has changed and thus the appearance has changed as well.
Thanks, Nathan. Here is a new screenshot:
Reader Phouty sent in:
QuickChm is a quicklook plugin which lets you preview a CHM (compiled html) archive in quicklook.
Reader Matthias writes:
Janome Embroidery Machines (e. g. the MC350E) uses a proprietary file format for patterns. Most machines are able to preview these files, but sometimes you want to check them directly at your computer without the hassle of transfering.
JEFview previews JEF files.
We are interested to find out exactly which Quick Look plugins our readers would like to see developed. Which plugins would be most helpful in your day-to-day use of OS X 10.5?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments of this post, and we’ll follow up with a “most requested” post soon.
Update: Comments have been closed — thanks for participating! A tally of those most requested will be posted soon.
Folder.qlgenerator shows items contained in folders in a list view.