Oct 22

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!

Download here.

Oct 19

Supports NES, FDS, SNES, VB, GB, GBC, GBA, NDS, N64 and more planned.

Download from the developer.

Thanks, Matthew!

Jun 29

A Quicklook plug-in for Mobipocket ebooks (.mobi and .prc).

You can download the plug-in from here.

Thanks, Paul!

Jun 25

GISLook shows various vector and raster formats used by GIS (Geographical Information Systems), e.g ESRI Shape, E00, ArcInfo Coverage, ESRI ASCII Grid, USGS DEM.

More information can be found on the GISLook webpage.

Thanks to Bernhard Jenny!

Mar 28

The Unofficial Apple Weblog has a post up today about how to set up your Mac to automatically preview all downloads with Quick Look.

Mar 24

FJNWebArchive allows viewing of Safari WebArchive files.

Download at QLPlugins, another great site for QuickLook plugins.

Mar 24

Allows for QuickLook previewing of Commodore 64 disk image files in the following formats: *.d64, *.d71, *.d81.

Download here.

Mar 24

This plugin supports Entourage 2008 email for messages located via spotlight.

Download an installer from here.

Mar 02

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:


Suspicious Package

Jan 19

Randy writes:

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/

Jan 11

Nathan writes:

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source code highlighting plug-in) has been updated to version 0.4.1 and that the screenshot you’re showing is somewhat out of date.  The highlighting engine has changed and thus the appearance has changed as well.

Thanks, Nathan. Here is a new screenshot:

QLColorCode screenshot


Jan 11

Reader Phouty sent in:
CHM Screenshot
QuickChm is a quicklook plugin which lets you preview a CHM (compiled html) archive in quicklook.

More information.

Jan 07

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.

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Dec 30

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.

Dec 30

Reader Richard writes:

Bonjour, few words to let you know that the 3DCG software Shade got a free QuickLook plugin available here :


Note : even if the Web site is in Japanese, the installation is a mater of drag and drop and will work with any .shd (Shade 3D scene file format) files.

More infos on Shade can be found here : http://www.e-frontier.com/

Dec 30


The C64 Images plug-in that had previously been posted has been updated to support additional formats Hi-Eddi (.hed) and Fun Painter 2 (.fp2).

Dec 16

Reader Fred Duck has submitted a way to enable Corel Painter Essentials 4 Quick Look previews. Thanks, Fred!

Fred noticed that the free preview of Corel Painter Essentials 4 includes a Quick Look plugin for Painter files. The filename is “Corel Painter.mdimporter”. To avoid licensing issues, we have decided not to host the file, but rather direct users to the article where this is mentioned:

http://journal.mycom.co.jp/news/2007/12/10/041/index.html (Google English translated version available here).

Dec 16

Here is a neat trick that I am sure could be expanded to include even more file types, as submitted by reader Frantz. Thanks, Frantz!

I’ve found a trick allowing me to display Matroska video files in Quicklook without the need of a plugin :

1 / First you need Perian for mkv support in Quicktime : http://perian.org/

2 / Then you need to add a Uniform Type Identifier in Quicktime Player :
– Edit QuickTime Player.app’s /Contents/info.plist
– Add the following code just before the last 2 tags </dict></plist> :
<string>Matroska Video File</string>

3 / In Terminal.app
touch /Applications/QuickTime\ Player.app

Et voila that’s all:


Dec 15


Provides a Quick Look preview of an AppleScript file.

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Dec 10


This plug-in shows the Koala image .koa format — a common format on the Commodore C64. According to the developer, the plug-in will support more formats in the near future.

More details

Dec 06


A plugin for text clipping file (.textClipping). and picture clipping file (.pictClipping).

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Dec 06


Allows previewing of the contents of .zip files.

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Dec 06

A plugin for source code files that produces colorized output for the following languages:

  • Objective-C/C++
  • C/C++
  • Perl
  • Python
  • Java
  • Shell scripts
  • Assembly language

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Dec 06


A syntax-highlighting plugin for source code displayed in QuickLook.

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Dec 04


Enables QuickLook previews of Illustrator (AI) files saved with PDF compatibility.

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Dec 02

Enables playback of Adobe Flash FLV video files within QuickLook. Requires the free QuickTime plugin Perian to be installed.


Dec 02


Extends QuickLook functionality to be able to display previews and thumbnails for eps files.

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Dec 02

Works with standard Spectrum SCR files and those with enhanced Timex modes.

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Dec 02


BetterZip Quick Look Generator supports the following archive formats: ZIP, TAR, GZip, BZip2, ARJ, LZH, ISO, CHM, CAB, CPIO, RAR, 7-Zip, DEB, RPM, StuffIt’s SIT, DiskDoubler, BinHex, and MacBinary.

Note that this plugin requires the $20 BetterZip be installed on your system, as it uses BetterZip to process the archive file contents. I have just been informed by the developers of BetterZip that the BetterZip application is NOT required, and thus this makes the plugin free!

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Dec 02


Allows you to see the contents of a ZIP file in QuickLook view.


Dec 02


Folder.qlgenerator shows items contained in folders in a list view.

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Dec 02

ColorXML is a simple QuickLook plugin which enables to display XML files with indentation and XML syntax coloring.