I am a big fan of the application launcher Alfred. To call it an application launcher is an understatement as it is very powerful. In my day to day usage I probably only use a quarter of its entire feature set.

One feature I’ve been using a lot more of lately is its snippets. This is considered a power feature and requires the “power pack” that costs between £17.00 (single license) and £32.00 (mega supporter).

To set up snippets launch Alfred and go to settings. Then Features -> Clipboard -> Snippets. (The screenshot above is from this area)

Once you are on this screen you can add shortcuts of text that you typically use.

Here are the ones that I use a lot:


This just generates today’s​ date:


Laravel Query Debugging

For those times when you want to see the SQL being generated by a query:

\DB::listen(function($sql, $bindings, $time) {

Lorem Ipsum Text

I surprisingly use this a lot.

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Stripe Credit Card Testing

Stripe Snippets
Stripe Snippets

I use two numbers for most common testing:

Valid Card


Declined Card


Changing the Snippet keyword

If you’d like another shortcut other than snip you can set this from the history tab

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 11.03.01 AM
Edit the Snippet Keyword

I know several other apps handle snippets but I like Alfred since I already use it all the time and it prevents me from having to have multiple apps open.

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