Open App / OpenApp (internally is.workflow.actions.openapp)

This action requires that Shortcuts has permission to use WFURLOpenResource.



Opens the specified app.


OpenApp app=("app name" | "")] WFAppName="string"


app: App (Docs)

Allows Variables: true

Accepts a string containing a supported app or an app identifier. You can use this shortcut to get an app identifier for an unsupported app. Supported apps are:

  • appstore (App Store)
  • files (Files)
  • shortcuts (Shortcuts)
  • safari (Safari)
  • Any other app by entering its id from this shortcut

WFAppName: Text (Docs)

Allows Variables: true

Only enabled if: This action is always disabled inside Shortcutslang.

Accepts a string or text with the text. Does not allow newlines.

source json (for developers)

	"ActionClass": "WFOpenAppAction",
	"ActionKeywords": [
	"Category": "Apps",
	"Description": {
		"DescriptionSummary": "Opens the specified app."
	"IconName": "Apps.png",
	"InputPassthrough": true,
	"Name": "Open App",
	"Parameters": [
			"AppSearchType": "OpenApp",
			"Class": "WFAppPickerParameter",
			"Key": "WFAppIdentifier",
			"Label": "App"
			"Class": "WFTextInputParameter",
			"Hidden": true,
			"Key": "WFAppName"
	"RequiredResources": [
	"SuggestedNever": true