Pushcut: Shortcuts Automation 4+

Automate Smart Home Workflow

Simon Peter Leeb

    • 4.4 • 71 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Automate Smart Home Shortcuts Widgets

Pushcut helps you kick off your automation when it matters. Create fine-tuned interactions for HomeKit, Shortcuts, and custom workflows through smart notifications and widgets combined with powerful automation actions.

Use HomeKit scenes, shortcuts, online integrations, and web services as notification actions that pop up exactly when they matter to you. Trigger these smart notifications from Shortcuts, HomeKit, schedules, locations, iBeacons, online services (like IFTTT, Zapier, Flow, Integromat, ...), home servers, or anywhere that knows what HTTP is.

Design beautiful custom widgets and display dynamic information that you can provide using Shortcuts actions, online services or our own API.

"The premiere companion utility for Shortcuts and Home on iOS" - Federico Viticci (MacStories)
"An essential tool for HomeKit power users" - Christopher Close (HomeKit Hero)
"Very powerful" - Rosemary Orchard (Take Control of Shortcuts)

+ Set up alerts & reminders to trigger scheduled & location-based smart notifications
+ Combine time and location triggers (eg: "weekdays at 6 PM when I am at work")
+ Schedule notifications from Shortcuts
+ Schedule a shortcut from Shortcuts
+ Design custom home-screen widgets
+ Trigger notifications and widget updates through a secure webhook or Pushcut API
+ Trigger notifications and widget updates from third-party integrations and online services like Zapier, Integromat, IFTTT, etc.
+ Define notifications with custom titles and messages
+ Add action buttons to the notifications for quicker access
+ Run shortcuts directly from notification actions
+ Activate HomeKit scenes directly from notification actions
+ Add URLs to the push notifications and open them directly from the notifications
+ Run online actions (webhooks, HTTP requests) directly from notifications without opening any app or website
+ Execute online actions in the background based on location or iBeacon events
+ Customize notification sounds and images
+ Deliver push notifications to specific devices individually
+ Use a powerful JSON API to deliver dynamic texts, shortcut inputs, and URLs
+ Turn a dedicated iOS device into your personal Shortcuts and HomeKit server

Apple Watch
+ Interactive notifications (requires watchOS 6)
+ Run HomeKit scenes, online actions, and HTTP requests (like IFTTT webhooks) directly from your wrist
+ Execute multiple actions from one notification (with "Keep Open" flag)
(Note: Opening Shortcuts, Safari, or other apps is not supported on Apple Watch)

Free version limits:
+ define up to 3 notifications
+ define up to 2 background actions
+ define up to 1 action per notification
+ use with local triggers or basic webhooks (no dynamic content or online actions)

— Pro —
+ custom dynamic widgets
+ unlimited notification definitions
+ unlimited actions per notification
+ activate HomeKit scenes
+ unlimited background actions
+ dynamic notifications from service integrations
+ fully customizable actions using the powerful JSON API
+ execute online actions and web requests directly
+ input parameters for shortcuts and online actions
+ run and monitor an Automation Server (limits apply)

— Automation Server Extended —
+ schedule server actions periodically
+ trigger delayed server actions
+ up to 5000 server requests per day

You can subscribe to a monthly or annual subscription plan. Payment will be charged to your Apple ID account at the time of purchase. A subscription automatically renews unless it is canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. You can manage and cancel your subscriptions by going to your account settings on the App Store after making the purchase.

Terms of Use: https://www.pushcut.io/terms
Privacy Policy: https://www.pushcut.io/privacy

What’s New

Version 2022.4

We're continuing to increase Pushcut's capabilities! This update adds the Upload Image Shortcuts action allowing you to update your widgets' images through shortcuts!

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Shukur ,

Looks fine and I trust the other reviewers but I don’t get it

So I’m not convinced I should make the investment of time to learn how to use it. Suggestions to developer: 1) publish one of those easy-to-parse tables of features, showing things that Shortcuts/HomeKit/IFTTT can’t do and that Pushcuts can do, and why exactly this will improve my life, 2) improve the onboarding and show us something cool that the app can do, even if it’s not an interactive demo.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review!

I absolutely hear your points - and I agree with them. I am struggling at the moment to organize the developer power to move things forward again, but I hope that there will be improvements for both app and documentation coming in the following weeks and months.

C Pascoe ,

Makes Shortcuts even more Powerful

A really useful app for pushing Shortcuts automation even further — it allows me to trigger notifications that run Shortcuts and pass data into Shortcuts by simply making REST calls. Also, I had an issue with the app which I reported to the developer — he was quick to reply and swiftly solved the problem. Great app, great developer!

Cai ,

Cool app, shame about the subscription

This is a really great idea for an app. I was hoping it would replace the last thing I keep LaunchCentre Pro around for, which is geofenced triggers.

Unfortunately, though, I’ve only got a flavour of its potential as this app is unlocked through a subscription.

I can’t justify replacing an app I already own (and paid for, once, years ago, with a single IAP since then to unlock the geofenced trigger feature when that was released) with an app I will have to keep paying for as long as I use it whether it changes or not.

Also, I’m really not clear what ongoing service this subscription pays for, except permission to keep using the app on my device.

I’ll keep checking updates to see if there’s ever a permanent unlock option, otherwise I can’t get invested.

Developer Response ,

Update: Version 1.9.1 now offers a Lifetime Unlock option. I hope you are still in the market for it.
Thank you for your review and for letting me know that you like Pushcut!

I am sorry to hear that the pricing options do not work for you.

The main focus of Pushcut is to connect shortcuts to push notifications through a web API. With this web service part at its core, the subscription model was the clear choice. I understand that with the addition of the "local triggers" feature (locations and schedules), there will now be users who will never use the webhook.

I can definitely see how for these users a subscription might not seem justified. However, for now there are no plans to separate the online and offline features or to change the pricing policy.

What I can promise though is that there are many features lined up to be added continuously without added cost.

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