Just download the latest release and double-click Bear.alfredworkflow. Alfred will open the workflow and install it.
Leave the search field empty to see recent notes with their tags as subtitles.
Start typing to search through the titles and text of most recent notes, title matches first.
# at any time to autocomplete your tags.
Start typing to search tags.
Once completed, the notes will be filtered by that tag.
Add more tags to filter by multiple tags.
Start typing to search titles and text within a tag.
All these terms can be typed in any order and they will work the same. For example, if you want to add a tag after typing a bare search term, the autocomplete will still help you. Or if you remember you want to filter by another tag after typing the first tag and a bare search term, you can autocomplete and add the second tag by typing
You can search any query you type in the Bear app's main window by holding down the option key. If you've entered a tag, it will open the Bear main window to that tag for further browsing.
If you use these keywords and have no other search results, the workflow will automatically populate a "Search ... in Bear App" item without you needing to press option.
Similarly, you can open any note you select in the Bear app's main window by holding down the command key.
While in your Bear notes, you can paste a link to another note by searching for it and holding down the shift key.
bnew followed by title and optional tags.
Tag autocomplete works the same. Also, any text in your clipboard can be added to the new note by holding down the command key.
You may find sometimes that you want to retrieve a note if it exists and create it if it does not. This command provides that functionality by combining the behavior of search and create. It will provide all the same search results as normal search and additionally add a create item third in the list using normal create options.
If there are less than two search items, the create item will be the last or only item.
You can additionally create links to notes by holding the shift key while selecting a search item. Selecting the create item while holding the shift key will do nothing.
I am especially grateful to Chris Brown, who created a Python based Bear workflow. It was the basis for this project. However, I decided to create my own project for a few reasons:
The first time you use the workflow after installing or upgrading, you will see a security warning:
This is a quirk of macOS 10.15 and above. Apple currently forces developers to pay $99 a year to be able to officially sign their executables and avoid this warning, which I'm not going to pay since I'm providing this workflow for free as an open source project.
After seeing this warning, you have to go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General and click the new button that has appeared to allow the executable to run. You then have to run it again and you will see this security warning again but now it will have a new button that lets you allow the executable to run.
These warnings will appear once for each of the 5 executable inside the workflow as you use new features. Once you have authorized all 5, you won't see these warnings anymore until you install a new version.
If you do not see the above security warnings, do the following
chmod +x cmd/create/create cmd/csearch/csearch cmd/link/link cmd/search/search cmd/setcursor/setcursor. This should fix 'Permission Denied' errors.