Quicksilver Screencast: Running with Scripts


Here in The Apple Blog community, there was a mention about the power of using some of the scripts that are accessible through Quicksilver. So I put together a quick screencast showing how to make sure those options are enabled and what some of the more useful items are.


From my perspective (on a 13″ MacBook) the fewer items I need to keep open on my screen, or taking up screen real estate in my Menu Bar, the better. So having access to regular controls and settings via Quicksilver’s script access is a great alternative.

Have a look at the Quicksilver Scripts screencast.
It’s a .mov file and clocks in around 55mb in size.

Feel free to leave your questions or comments below and I’ll address them as I’m able to.



where can I get the wooden icon you use for your hard drive on the desktop? It looks amazingly good.


Yeah what are you using to display the options in QuickSilver. When you activate Quicksilver and start typing, the drop-down (with all the results) looks different, and I like it! What are you using?


No question.

Has anyone ever told you you’re amazing?

Glen Hale

I reviewed your quick time video for running applescripts. There is only one problem. On the Quicksilver website it says to place the applescript within the folder:

placing the applescript in the directory “~/Library/Application Support/Quicksilver/Actions/”

the only problem is that there is only an “actions.plist” and it is not a folder. I cannot figure out how to create an Action using applescript or where to put it once it is created.


Did you somehow change the font size for your quicksilver? My “other matches” drop down seems to be much larger than yours, I really like the look of yours and would love if you could elaborate on your setup.



Thanks! It looks like it could work.

What theme do you use to make quicksilver look that way? Looks smaller and more simple then the one I use (original setup I think).

Nick Santilli

Lordmike – the rename script was something I whipped-up in Automator for renaming files. I wrote about that here. It should work for changing file extensions too.


I see you use some rename script, could it be the one I asked about some time ago regarding changing file extensions or maybe just a nifty file renaming script?
Anything is useful if I only need to bring up quicksilver type mvfile tab down and write cbr to rar or some such. I’m not sure if that’s possible.

Nick Santilli

bernd (and Xander) nailed it. Menu Meters does my cpu load and memory usage.
And Paul Stamatiou’s blog explains how I hacked my clock.

Fixed camera, 30fps, 75% scaling
I set my display to 1024×680 and do a full screen.
I also include the mic track for audio.
It takes a bit of time to encode the whole thing, but not too bad, and the results are clearly worth it.


Nice screencast. Thanks.

I have some questions regarding the applications he is running.

1. What is the bandwidth and cpu load tool he is using in the menu bar?

2. How did he manage to change the order of the icons in the
menu bar and most importantly how did he added the day of the
month in the date?



nice done. i’ve a question to your usage of the terminal, which app do you use (i saw a little icon in the menu bar) or how do you invoke the terminal???

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