Exploring AppleScript with Alfred Shortcuts

If you have read my blog before, you’ll know that I am a big fan of Alfred (here). I love the shortcuts and the ability to make things quicker. One of the things I find myself doing quite frequently is looking for domains and their traffic counts on Alexa, Compete, and Quantcast.

So I took my SysAdmin based love of making things quicker and learned enough Applescript to let Alfred make my life easier. I wrote a script that when a domain argument is passed to it in Alfred, it will open up a Quantcast tab, a Compete tab, and an Alexa tab for that domain in Google Chrome (Note: With the script below, it MUST be Google Chrome). To install, go to the Alfred preferences and create a new Applescript extension.

Fill out the text boxes as follows:
Title: domstat
Description: Get the domain statistics for
Keyword: domstat

Now put this in the script box:

on alfred_script(q)
    set competeURL to "http://siteanalytics.compete.com/" & item 1 of q
    set quantURL to "http://www.quantcast.com/" & item 1 of q
    set alexaURL to "http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/" & item 1 of q

    tell application "Google Chrome"
        set activeIndex to get active tab index of window 1
        tell window 1
            set competeTab to make new tab with properties {URL:competeURL}
            set quantTab to make new tab with properties {URL:quantURL}
            set alexaTax to make new tab with properties {URL:alexaURL}
        end tell
        set active tab index of window 1 to activeIndex
    end tell
end alfred_script

To execute, just fire up Alfred and type: “domstat eric.lubow.org” and it will fire up Google Chrome and open up the tabs.

You can even download the Alfred extension directly from here.

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  • http://www.robertbenwell.co.uk/ Robert Benwell

    you and me .. we both are big fan of Alfred.

  • Tom Johnston

    Very cool – thanks for posting!