QLStephen is a QuickLook plugin that lets you view text files without their own dedicated QuickLook plugin. Files like:
README INSTALL Capfile CHANGELOG package.json etc...
brew install --cask qlstephen
- Download the latest version of QuickLookStephen
- Copy the file into
~/Library/QuickLook(You can create the
QuickLookfolder if it doesn’t exist)
Compiling the project yourself? Run:
make make install
If you run into issues with macOS not letting you run the plugin because it's not signed by a verified developer you can follow these steps:
- Install the plugin using one of the methods above
xattr -cr ~/Library/QuickLook/QLStephen.qlgenerator(sudo if needed)
qlmanage -r cache
- Restart Finder by...
- Restarting your computer
- or holding down the option key and right click on Finder’s dock icon, then select “Relaunch” from the menu
Maximum file size
To keep quickview fast the preview is limited in its number of shown bytes. The default value is 100kB. You can change this using the shell to set your own max size.
defaults write com.whomwah.quicklookstephen maxFileSize 102400
If you’ve installed the plugin, but don’t see any changes:
qlmanage -mand look for the
public.dataline to make sure a different application's
qlgeneratorfile hasn't taken precedence. (Not all
qlgeneratorfiles are in
- Make sure you are editing (a) the correct plist of (b) the correct bundle.
(For example, you might have two
QLStephenplugins. It’s possible the plugin in another directory — perhaps
/Library/QuickLook/— is what is being read.)
qlmanage -rin the Terminal. (This will restart QuickLook, which reloads all plugins.)
If you want to preview some text files that do have extensions (e.g.,
*.txt), follow these instructions.
Because I was listening to Adam and Joe when I first wrote it.
Original author: Duncan Robertson
Special thanks to the following people for submitting patches over the years:
- Fork the project
- Send a pull request
- Don’t change the build number (I’ll do that when I release a new version)