What Do You Use for a Code Snippet Tool?

Well, I’m back to Quiver now, mainly because each Quiver Note can have multiple cells. I can first have a rich-text cell to document and provide links for the snippet, and then a code cell for the actual snippet.

The search in SnippetsLab is still superior, but the Quiver dev says he’s working in improving Quiver Search, including adding Spotlight Search.

Bottom Line: Try both, and see which one works best for you.

Just updated my OP with my new approach.


I am a snippet amateur, but I am enjoying SnippetsLab a lot.

Folders, Smart Folders and tags help me feel like my snippets are organized. :slight_smile:

@JMichaelTX Thank you for so generously sharing your approaches and for innovating!

If I may ask a few questions, as today I started thinking about libraries and snippets to avoid trying to do again what I have done before :slight_smile:. And I came here and searched, and of course found the right thread.

This makes so much sense. Using software like SnippetsLap is interesting, but it is yet another tool to manage. Curious as to how do you send snippets into suitable storage files - meaning macro, script, shortcuts...

Evernote vs DevonThink - Have you evaluated? I am guessing you did. I had purchased Devonthink - the last version, but soon felt that it would be better to manage files in Finder itself and use spotlight etc. Evernote on the other hand is interesting because it creates a container oriented structure for documents where you can attach images and PDFs etc in a note.

So do you have flat tags or hierarchical tags? And when convenient, would love to hear how you assign tags (has to be frictionless :slight_smile: ), and if you leverage tags for filing etc as well.

Do you mean in file save dialogs?

Again, would be very interested in knowing how you organize these? Would be great if I can do it.

so do you use the script libraries in a standard and system wide location? And if so, how do you deal with version control as you may be tempted to change a function in a script library and that can break an earlier code?

I am sure you have shared this but I searched and did not find any.

Thank you again!

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I use SnippetsLab to keep code snippets/patterns.

And I use TeaCode to expand them out with token replacements.

Honestly, a FANTASTIC setup for me. So happy with both apps.

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@keyskeys Thanks for sharing. Could also use SnippetsLab and TeaCode. Tempted to because they seem to be custom designed for this purpose.

But trying to reduce the proliferation of Apps and instead hoping to do with Finder and TeaCode. Am a hobby developer at best...

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Most of my snippets, i.e. very short lines of code, go into Typinator.
Short block of functional code first go into a .scpt file in my "Dev" top level folder, in the appropriate category sub-folder.
If it looks reusable, then it ends up in my personal Script Library.
All of the scripts that I use with KM go into my KM/Scripts folder

Notice I said "Dev" top level folder. My design is such that if I am looking for something, I do a Finder Spotlight search from the "Dev" folder. Every script I have is somewhere in a subfolder of "Dev"

All of my development and testing is done using Script Debugger 7. So I just save from there into the appropriate subfolder.

Yep, years ago. It sounded much better than Evernote, and it probably is, IF you need all of the features it offers. I found that for my needs the additional complexity of DT was not worth the return. Another big factor for me is the Evernote Web Clipper is superior, bar none, and I use it many times a day.

The Finder does not support hierarchical tags, but my workaround is prefixes. So, I have prefixes for:

  • SW
  • Lang
  • Cat
  • Type
  • Author

I sometimes use subcategories. Here's an example:

So the prefixes make it work like a picklist. Here's an example.
I just type "cat." and my list appears:


Yes, just like above.

Just do what is intuitive for you.
All of my Typinator snippets use the same naming convention:
;MainGroup.SubGroup.DescriptiveAbbrev followed by a SPACE

The "SubGroup" is optional, and only used if I really need it.

Here is an example of by AppleScript group:


I'm not as consistent as I should be, and I don't always remember the Typinator abbrev. But it has a quick search that searches in both the abbrev and in the Description (shown in light blue above)

All of my official Script Libraries go into the required folder:
~/Library/Script Libraries

Short answer is I don't use VC, although I probably should.
Since Script Libraries are compiled scripts, they don't lend themselves to VC of the individual handlers (functions) in the SL. I do maintain a Ver# and Date for every handler. On the few occasions that I needed to change a Lib that might break existing scripts, I just do a Finder Spotlight search on the handler to find the scripts, and fix them. Fortunately it has only happened 2 or 3 times over many years.

One of my ways around this is if I come up with a really much better way of doing something that will break existing scripts, I just create a new handler with a new name, and use that going forward. I only fix existing scripts as needed (and most don't need it).

If you are talking about my Macro that allow me to search for a handler in one of my script libs, and then insert the call, or the actual handler, then I'm not sure I ever published it. It is very complex and I've been tweaking it over the months. I'll see if it is ready for public release.

My main design is Finder Tags used with Finder Spotlight search. Of course, until you have most of your files tagged, the search won't work as well. But if you choose that method, just hang in there for a while until you have enough files tagged to start seeing the rewards. Also, don't forget that Spotlight is also great at search for text in the file name, and/or text in the file itself.

Good luck. The main thing is to just think about a system design that might work for you, do a bit of testing, tweak as needed, and then dive in. It won't be perfect the first time, but you'll learn more about what you really need from using some design rather than trying to make it perfect, or even good, the first time. You saw above how many different systems I have tried before I really found the one that works for me.