Toolbox Pro for Shortcuts 4+

Powerful new automation tools

Alexander Hay

    • 4.5 • 266 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



"A must-have utility for all Shortcuts power users ... one of the best app debuts of 2019"
- Federico Viticci (Editor-in-Chief, MacStories)

Toolbox Pro gives you 130+ powerful new actions to use within Apple’s Shortcuts app.

Tools include the latest iOS technologies:

• iOS document scanner
• Lightning-fast, on-device text recognition (OCR)
• Tag files
• Manipulate reminders and calendar events with more options than Shortcuts
• Apple Music tools give you access to the whole catalogue of 60 million songs (Apple Music subscription required)
• Transcribe speech from audio files
• Add contacts and contact groups
• Get workouts and activity summaries from Health
• TouchID/FaceID authentication
• Style and render text to images
• NFC Read + Write
• Image filters
• Create photo albums
• The Preview Tool lets you present text, images, rich URLs & interactive maps with flexible layouts. Add your own buttons to create your own app-like experience
• Global variables let you store data between shortcuts and devices
• Menu creator
• Icon generator
• Recognise objects in images using machine learning
• Get current motion of device (driving, walking etc)
• Full-screen text input box
• Remove duplicates from list
• Quick-match text before, after or between words
• Device details like orientation/is dark mode on/is audio playing/is silent mode on

And many, many more.

Get nearly 40 tools for *FREE*, unlock everything with a single in-app purchase.

You can find detailed descriptions of what each tool does in the app along with *lots* of example shortcuts to get you started.

This app supports dark mode, voice control and dynamic type.

Privacy policy spoilers: I don’t store any of your data or track you. (Read more:

What’s New

Version 2021.4

Bug Fixes & Improvements
+ Fixed an issue that would cause some Apple Music actions to fail
+ The 'Add To List' tool now works with much larger lists of items
+ You can now generate much larger images using the 'Create Images From Text' tool

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
266 Ratings

266 Ratings

pop-ups ,

Looking forward to more actions

Cool app, I like the concept of adding actions to Shortcuts. I have a couple feature requests that, if possible to implement, would allow me to completely automate a daily task I have.

1: The ability to search for connected SD cards by their name and pass that to Shortcuts so I can run actions on the folders on the card. Currently I can choose a SD card as a source but reformatting the SD card breaks the file path Shortcuts used to find it.

2: Pull the AAE file of a photo or create a JSON with the edits on a photo inside of Apple’s Photos app. For example, I need to pull the crop, rotation, and straightening info from a specific photo so I can translate it to a sidecar file that Adobe Bridge can read.

Hope these are possible, but either way I love that developers are adding additional actions to the Shortcuts app! Thank you!

April Arcus ,

"Is audio playing" is bizarre

I downloaded this app so that I could disable my morning alarm in case I was already awake and listening to music. I set up this flow (literal text input shown between caret quotes) Get clipboard -> Set variable <saved clipboard> to Clipboard; Is audio playing?; Wait to return; Get clipboard -> Set variable <is audio playing> to Clipboard -> Copy <saved clipboard> to clipboard -> If clipboard is <"true"> { Exit shortcut with Clipboard } otherwise { /* play my alarm */ }; I had to make sure to use the double quotes when testing the clipboard value, which was not clear from the instructions and nearly caused me to leave a one star review until I was able to guess the correct format. The "is audio playing?" action takes a very long time to return (nearly a minute!). It also wipes out whatever may have been on my clipboard previously, which forced me to jump through hoops to preserve the clipboard state as shown above. I suspect there is also a race condition in the event that I use the clipboard while the action is executing (which, again, is not a short amount of time). It would be much better to return a boolean or at least write to one of Toolbox Pros global variables. Three stars because it technically works and meets my needs, but very surprising and disappointing in the details. Finally, ZERO STARS to Apple for mangling the linefeeds and other whitespace in this review, making technical feedback extremely challenging.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the detailed review.

It definitely shouldn’t take as long as that to get a result - it should be instant.

It looks like I missed updating the documentation on this tool (sorry) but it should now return the result directly in Shortcuts without having to open the Toolbox Pro app and use the clipboard.

JoeXGray ,


This app has so many amazing functions, but my favorite is the Global Variable tool. If you’ve used shortcuts much at all, you’ve almost certainly had a moment when you wish that a shortcut could have some kind of memory. To know if it’s been run that day, or to remember a piece of information that changes. A score for a game, a simple tally, and countless other uses. Well that’s exactly what Global variable does.

Beyond that, toolbox pro has lots of great functions that shortcuts can’t normally do, and even more functions that you could pull off in the shortcuts app, but that would be so cumbersome that they’re not worth it. But in Toolbox Pro, it’s right there, and works just the way it says.

Seriously, if you like shortcuts at all, download this.

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