Skip to content
Switch branches/tags

Latest commit


Git stats


Failed to load latest commit information.
Latest commit message
Commit time

Shortlook CLI

This is a CLI for scaffolding a ShortLook Provider

Learn more about ShortLook itself here.

If you are looking for ShortLook providers you can find them here or here.


This CLI runs on Ruby. Ensure you have Ruby installed before executing the following command:

$ gem install shortlook

You can check if Ruby is installed with the following command

$ ruby -v
ruby 2.6.2p47 (2019-03-13 revision 67232) [x86_64-darwin18]


The usage of the generator is pretty straight forward:

$ shortlook

  shortlook help [COMMAND]  # Describe available commands or one specific command
  shortlook provider NAME   # Generate a scaffold ShortLook Provider
  shortlook version         # shortlook version

To start the Provider generator use the provider command followed by the search term of the app you want to build a provider for:

$ shortlook provider whatsapp

(    ● ) Fetching Apps for 'whatsapp'
Select the App you want to create a Provider for: (Use arrow keys, press Enter to select)
‣ WhatsApp Messenger (net.whatsapp.WhatsApp)
  WhatsApp Business (net.whatsapp.WhatsAppSMB)
  What's the Pic? - Hidden Object Puzzle Pictures (com.wtfapps.explorer1)
  Messenger for WhatsApp WebApp (com.limhong.messenger)
  Emoji Free – Emoticons Art and Cool Fonts Keyboard (goatmem.emoji)
  WatchUp - for WhatsApp (co.watchify.WatchUp2)

What's the name of your provider: (WhatsApp Messenger) __________

Select the type of the provider: (Use arrow keys, press Enter to select)
‣ Contact Photo
  Profile Picture

What's your name? (Marco Roth) __________

What's your bundle identifier prefix: (ch.marcoroth) __________

create  ShortLook-WhatsAppMessenger
create  ShortLook-WhatsAppMessenger/WhatsAppMessengerContactPhotoProvider.h
create  ShortLook-WhatsAppMessenger/WhatsAppMessengerContactPhotoProvider.m
create  ShortLook-WhatsAppMessenger/.gitignore
create  ShortLook-WhatsAppMessenger/Info.plist
create  ShortLook-WhatsAppMessenger/Makefile
create  ShortLook-WhatsAppMessenger/
create  ShortLook-WhatsAppMessenger/ShortLook-API.h
create  ShortLook-WhatsAppMessenger/control


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


Copyright (c) 2019 Marco Roth. See MIT License for further details.