Quick Look Plugins Overview

List of useful Quick Look plugins for developers

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List of useful Quick Look plugins for developers


Using Homebrew

Install all

brew install qlcolorcode qlstephen qlmarkdown quicklook-json qlimagesize suspicious-package apparency quicklookase qlvideo
Catalina notes

To get plugins working in Catalina, you will need to remove the quarantine attribute.

Run this to see the attributes:

xattr -r ~/Library/QuickLook

And run this to remove the attributes:

xattr -d -r com.apple.quarantine ~/Library/QuickLook



QLColorCode (猸608)

Preview source code files with syntax highlighting

Run brew install qlcolorcode or download manually (猸608)

QLStephen (猸2.6k)

Preview plain text files without or with unknown file extension. Example: README, CHANGELOG, index.styl, etc.

Run brew install qlstephen or download manually (猸2.6k)

QLMarkdown (猸3.1k)

Preview Markdown files

Run brew install qlmarkdown or download manually


Preview JSON files

Run brew install quicklook-json or download manually


Preview archives

Note: The BetterZipQL plugin was integrated with the BetterZip app.

Run brew install betterzip to install the BetterZip app and its Quick Look plugin or download manually

The legacy BetterZipQL plugin can be downloaded here.

qlImageSize (猸1.1k)

Display image size and resolution

Run brew install qlimagesize or download manually (猸1.1k)

Suspicious Package

Preview the contents of a standard Apple installer package

Run brew install suspicious-package or download manually


Preview the contents of a macOS app

Run brew install apparency or download manually

QuickLookASE (猸35)

Preview Adobe ASE Color Swatches generated with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Color CC, Spectrum, COLOURlovers, Prisma, among many others.

Run brew install quicklookase or download manually (猸35)

QLVideo (猸2.1k)

Preview most types of video files, as well as their thumbnails, cover art and metadata

Run brew install qlvideo or download manually (猸2.1k)


These are not included in Install all.

Peek 馃挵

Peek allows you to copy and find text, jump to line numbers, render Github-flavored Markdown with a generated table of contents, restore scroll positions, highlight syntax, & more in the Quick Look previews of over 300 file extensions.

Purchase on the Mac App Store

ProvisionQL (猸2.1k)

Preview iOS / macOS app and provision information

Run brew install provisionql or download manually (猸2.1k)

QuickLookAPK (猸137)

Preview Android APK files

Run brew install quicklookapk or download manually (猸137)

quicklook-pat (猸29)

Preview Adobe Photoshop pattern files

Run brew install quicklook-pat or download manually (猸29)

WebP (猸279)

Preview WebP images

NOTE: This is already covered by qlImageSize, so this plugin is listed here only in case you do not like qlImageSize.

Run brew install webpquicklook or download manually (猸279)

SourceCodeSyntaxHighlight (猸1.6k)

Preview many different source code files

Run brew install --cask --no-quarantine syntax-highlight or download manually (猸1.6k)

Note: This might overwrite some other Quick Look plugins.



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