This is more of a Mac question, than emacs. I think, this is relevant to this site.

I have emacs (Spacemacs) installed via brew, and I can invoke it from a terminal. However, I wish to invoke emacs --daemon and emacsclient -nc from the spotlight of Mac, that I often use to launch programs.

Does anyone do it? How do you accomplish this?


I'm not sure about invoking an emacsclient from Spotlight, but I installed Emacs for OS X via homebrew using brew cask install emacs and it installs a proper .app file so you can launch Emacs from Spotlight.

Prior to discovering Emacs for OS X, I created an Automator application that runs a shell script to launch Emacs. I named the Automator application Emacs.app so that Spotlight could find it. You might be able to use that for invoking emacsclient.

  • Thanks! I think, Automator might be a way for me. Do you have Automator recipe to open a command line application. I tried few things for 10 minutes and couldn't get to anywhere. Jun 16 '17 at 3:59
  • I used something like Automator Application > Run Shell Script then set open /path/to/emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs as the script. This blog post has an example of using emacsclient so might be closer to what you want. Jun 16 '17 at 5:21
  1. Open Automator.
  2. Create new file as an Application.
  3. Add a Run Shell Script step.
  4. Paste the following as the content of the shell script:
    /Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/bin/emacsclient \
      --no-wait \
      --quiet \
      --suppress-output \
      --create-frame \
  5. Save the file as Emacsclient.app under the /Applications folder.

Thanks to luke-francl for the hint!

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