Create shortcut for your project Mingle with Alfred

A few days ago, I post a blog(Create shortcut for your project Mingle with Chrome OmniBox) about that we can access specific Mingle story card directly from Chrome “OmniBox”. The shortcut is created by registering Mingle search as custom search in Chrome.

Today I found applying the same trick to launch apps, we can have one step further. In Mac OS, almost all the launcher apps support custom search, such as Aflred, QuickSilver, Launcher. Even in Windows, we also have Launchy. For Linux, I believe there should be similar stuff. So the trick is environment independent.

To add custom search query in different launch app is quite different, but should be straightforward.
I’ll take Alfred as example:

  1. Open Alfred Preference

    Alfred Preferences
  2. Register Mingle as custom search

    Alfred Preferences

The url for custom search can be get with the same approach described in previous post. Alfred uses {query} as placeholder, so you should replace the %s with {query} when coping the url from chrome to Alfred.

Create shortcut for your project Mingle with Chrome OmniBox

Mingle is a common choice of story wall management system in ThoughtWorks internal projects.

Mingle uses rest style url to identify card or entities in the system, so the url contains the account id and project id in it.
Hosted Mingle is used in most project, to distinguish between accounts and projects, the url of the project mingle site is usually long, e.g., And other resources in the project, such as cards, whose url will be even longer.

When working in the team, open a specific card is a very common scenario, such as kicking off story, moving card, update story ACs, etc. To open a card, user usually need to open the project mingle home page, and use the search feature in the project. To open the home page, usually you need to save the url into your bookmark.

Today I found a better way to solve this issue, using the Chrome OmniBox! Chrome OmniBox is usually configured by Open Search Description. But it also allow user to manually add search engine configuration.

After the registration, we can use Mingle search direct from OmniBox, and we can open a specific card by typing “#card number”.

  1. Keyword Mingle in OmniBoxKeyword mingle in OmniBox
  2. Search in OmniBoxSearch in OmniBox
  3. Open the pageOpen the page

To register Mingle to Chrome OmniBox, you can use following approach:

Find out the Mingle search page url first:

  1. Open Mingle project home page, type test in the Search Box. Press enter, copy the url, and replace word test with %s. That’s the search url.Find Search Url
  2. Open url chrome://settings, find Manage search engines.Find Manage search engines
  3. Register new search engine.
    The first box is the display name of item, Mingle, project_name Mingle is recommended The second box is the keyword triggers the search, mingle is recommended. In most cases, you will work with only 1 mingle instance, so it will not cause confusion. But if it does, add more specific keyword to it.
    ** The third box is the url search url, paste the url you just foundRegister mingle