FREE ePub Quicklook and Spotlight Plugins for Mac OS X

ePub quicklook plugin for Mac OS X

ePub spotlight plugin for Mac OS X

When you have a lot of ePub books, it can be useful to see excerpt and meta data information in quicklook. Even more important could be to search in this data. If you are looking for this functionality, you have just found it.


Do you want to have ePub excerpt and meta data information in Quicklook? Do you want to search in this data with Spotlight? You can build and install it yourself flowing this tutorial for free.


  1. Download epub.mdimporter, epub.qlgenerator from
  2. Copy the unzipped epub.qlgenerator file into ~/Library/QuickLook (QuickLook feature)
  3. Copy the unzipped epub.mdimporter file into ~/Library/Spotlight (Spotlight feature)
  4. run qlmanage -r command from terminal to make Mac notice the plugin appearing and start using it automatically
  5. run mdimport -r ~/Library/Spotlight/epub.mdimporter command from terminal to make it index your .epub files


Spotlight will begin indexing your EPUB files in the background.

When used on DRM protected files (Adobe, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble), metadata will only be read from the unencrypted part of the EPUB. Typically this means no cover image will be shown. Spotlight is also unable to index the text in DRM protected files, though it can still search the metadata in DRM protected files.


Related Post

Right-Click to Translate (Look Up) with Google Tra... If you are not native english speaker, you may be frustrated with default "look up" options you get after selecting a text and right clicking. There a...
MacBook wifi issue – OS X keeps reconnecting Last few weeks I was facing annoying wifi problems. My mac was reconnecting every 5 minutes. On top of that BSSID was reseting so I saw BSSID changing...
FAQ: Mac OS X Services HEIC to JPG on Right-Click Service Q: Where’d all my services go? I don’t see anything in the Services menu. A: If you don’t select anything before...
Right Click to Create New File on Mac OS X TL;DR; Windows has a lot of cons but it has also some pros. One of them is a smooth way to create empty file on right-click. Mac OS doesn't come with...
Convert HEIC to PNG on Right Click for Free Convert HEIC to PNG on Right-Click In iOS 11 Apple is replacing the PNG image format with the new HEIC alternative. But what to do when device or pr...
Translate Selected Text to English on Right Click ... TL;DR; Need instant translation right in context menu? You can accomplish it for free with one line of code in Automator, or you can proc...
Buy me a coffeeOut of coffee 😱, please help!