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QLStephen, a QL plugin that understands README’s and more

QLStephen is a simple Quicklook Plugin that simply reads plain/text files.

I use the QuickLook feature of OSX 10.5 a lot. More than I ever thought I would. One niggling problem was though that it did not understand files like README, INSTALL, CHANGELOG .. etc that had no file extensions. I like to view these files before any other when viewing new libs or programs I may install, and using Quicklook would be ideal.


Quicklook support can be extended with plugins (I use QLColorCode) a lot, but after a quick scan I couldn’t find one that did the above. So I wrote one.

That’s it. You should now be able to view files like README, MakeFile, INSTALL etc. You may need to wait a few seconds for OSX to see the plugin.

There have been 5 responses to this post.

  1. phil

    awesome!! this has been my pet peeve ever since 10.5 came out.
    thanks so much.



  2. Philippe

    Thank you very much! One problem : it seems that the plugin recognizes every file with text, even image files with headers. Thus, there are conflicts with the plugin EPSQuickLookPlugIn for example.

  3. Duncan

    Thanks Philippe, I don’t have the EPSQuickLookPlugIn plugin so would not see this. The plugin is quite crude being that is displaying data for a file it doesn’t understand i.e no file extension but I will look into this.

  4. Nicholas Riley

    Not sure why you use kUTTypeHTML instead of kUTTypePlainText, but the latter produces a result more consistent with Apple’s text QuickLook plugin.

    Thanks, though – this has infuriated me as well.

  5. Jenni

    GREAT. Thank you to the developer!!!

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