A countdown timer extension for Alfred.app
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A countdown timer extension for Alfred.app

A simple countdown timer command for Alfred.app that uses Mountain Lion User Notifications.

Demo screenshot

The extension is described in closer detail on my blog.


  • Helps you make great tea.
  • Solves your Pomodoro needs.
  • Uses Mountain Lion's User Notifications to tell you when time's up.
  • Plays a non-intrusive alarm sound.
  • Allows you to run multiple timers at the same time.
  • Allows you to add an optional label to the timer, e.g. "Laundry is done!". Thanks to Alexander Lehmann for the suggestion.
  • Shows you how to write Alfred extensions in Python.


Depending on whether you're running Alfred 1 or Alfred 2 you need different versions of the extension. Please also note that this extension / workflow requires OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or greater to work.

Alfred 2

Alfred 1

To use this extension you need Alfred.app for OS X and the Alfred PowerPack.


  • The general syntax is timer [minutes] [optional:title]
  • timer 5 sets a countdown timer that goes off after 5 minutes.
  • timer 0:30 or timer 0.5 sets a timer that goes off after 30 seconds.
  • timer 40 Laundry is done! adds an optional title to the timer.
  • timer displays usage information.


Daniel Bader – @dbader_orgmail@dbader.org

Distributed under the MIT license. See LICENSE.txt for more information.