A QuickLook plugin that lets you view plain text files without a file extension
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
~/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:
xattr -cr ~/Library/QuickLook/QLStephen.qlgenerator(sudo if needed)
qlmanage -r cache
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
QLStephenplugins. It’s possible the plugin in
/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: