A command line tool for Hook.app on macOS.
Hook is a great productivity tool for macOS that allows you to create links between your files, emails, websites, and everything in your digital life, no matter where each item exists. For people who spend a lot of time in Terminal, it only makes sense we should have access to Hook’s power from the command line.
For full documentation, visit the GitHub repository.
To install, just run
gem install hookapp.
If you’re on a stock Ruby install (i.e. have never installed
rbenv), you may need sudo and your system password:
sudo gem install hookapp.
hook help for usage:
NAME hook - CLI interface for Hook.app (macOS) SYNOPSIS hook [global options] command [command options] [arguments...] VERSION 0.0.1 GLOBAL OPTIONS --help - Show this message --version - Display the program version COMMANDS clip, cp - Copy Hook URL for file/url to clipboard clone - Clone all hooks from one file or url onto another from - Get a Hook URL for the frontmost window of an app help - Shows a list of commands or help for one command link, ln - Create bidirectional hooks between two or more files/urls list, ls - List hooks on a file or url open, gui - Open the specified file or url in Hook GUI remove, rm - Remove a hook between two files/urls select - Select from hooks on a file/url and open in default application
hook help COMMAND on any of the commands for more details.
link command always creates bidirectional hooks. Give it two or more files or urls and it will create links between them. By default it links all files to the last file in the list. Add the
--all flag to link all files to every other file in the list. This can be abbreviated as
hook ln -a file1.md file2.pdf "https://brettterpstra.com".
Similar to the way you would use the GUI, you can use
hook clip file1.md to copy a Hook URL to the clipboard, and then use
hook ln -p file2.pdf to create a link from the clipboard to
You can also clone all of the links on one file to another, great for adding a new file to a group that’s fully crosslinked. Just use
hook clone file1.md file2.pdf.
list (aliased as
ls) command to list all attached hooks for a file. With no output format specified,
ls will show the paths to all hooks, or the hook url if the hook doesn’t have a file path (e.g. a URL). You can specify an output format using
--output_format (abbreviated as
-o) with one of “markdown”, “hooks”, “paths”, or “verbose”. Formats can be abbreviated to their first letter, so to display a Markdown list of all hooked files, use
hook ls -o m file1.md.
hook remove file1.md file2.pdf to remove the bidirectional link between
file2.pdf. Add the
--all flag (abbr.
-a) with one or more files to remove ALL the hooks on them. This option requires confirmation.
Super nerdy scripting trick
--output_format=paths option (abbr.
-o p) combined with the
--files_only flag (abbr.
-f) will list just the paths and only include hooks that have file paths (i.e. exclude web, email, and other URLs). This can be combined with
--null to output the list using a NULL separator, perfect for use with
xargs or other command line tools.
Acting on hooks
You can open a hooked file or URL by running
hook select file1.md. This will display a menu of all the hooks on
file1.md, and entering the number of a selection will open that file in its default application.
You can also open a file in the Hook GUI using
hook open file1.md.
fzffor selecting and filtering hooks
- Improve documentation
scriptscommand to output completion scripts for various shells7
- If no search is provided to
hook find, list all hooks
- If no file is provided to
hook ls, list all hooks
- Revamped to use Hook 2.0 AppleScript syntax
findcommand to search bookmarks
- Fix missing variable in clipboard functions
cpalias to mean
hook from APP_NAMEcommand
- General code cleanup
- Fix “conversion of nil into string” error
- Fix to handle all url types, not just hook: and http:
Speaking of Hook CLI…