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One of my favorite OS X utilities is Alfred. Alfred is a search utility, launcher, and workflow executer rolled into a simple interface that’s accessible from anywhere via a keyboard shortcut. It’s a tool that has saved me countless hours of time, and it’s among the first apps that I install on my Mac whenever I do a system restore.

Weasel is sort of like Alfred for iOS. Obviously, it’s doesn’t feature as wide of a scope as Alfred, but it does its best to mimic some of the features that makes Alfred, or any launcher utility, so nice to have. Have a look at our walkthrough inside for more details.

Once you install Weasel, you’ll need to head to its preferences and assign it an Activator gesture. The preferences, as you’ll notice, are extremely bare bones. In fact, the only setting you’ll find is to establish an Activator gesture. More on that later.

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Sadly, there’s not much in the way of options

After establishing your gesture of choice, invoke Weasel, and you’ll see a pop-up window that looks not too much unlike the aforementioned Alfred. The window contains a search box that allows you to perform system searches, web searches, and execute specific commands.

By default, Weasel lets you search Google, Wikipedia, Amazon and eBay. Tapping on a search action will trigger the Safari browser, and your search results will be displayed there.

Weasel also contains a ‘define’ command for dictionary definitions. The dictionary results will load up in a sheet right on top of the Weasel window for quick access. Along with the define command comes a ‘system’ command for performing basic tasks like resprings, reboots, etc.

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Execute system commands and define words directly from the Weasel interface

If there’s one complaint to be had about Weasel, it’s the tweak’s lack of options. For a product this useful well designed, it’s disappointing to find that there is absolutely no way to customize the way it works or looks.

Alfred on the desktop is known for its customization ability; you can change virtually everything about it down to a granular level. With Weasel, it’s quite the opposite experience. We should be able to choose what search engines are used, define custom searches, change the color scheme, etc. None of that is possible in this current iteration of the tweak.

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Perform system searches just like you can with Spotlight

Although Weasel is extremely well designed and well executed, it quite pedestrian. It’s basically an upgraded Spotlight search that you can access from anywhere. While that ability in itself is nice to have, it’s disappointing when you realize how much potential remains untapped.

Here’s hoping that Joshua Lee Tucker, Weasel’s developer, continues to flesh out his tweak. It certainly has the potential to be one of the top tier jailbreak releases for iOS 7 if he decides to do so.

You can find Weasel for $1.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Please remember to share your thoughts and comments down below.

  • Windy Joseph

    Does it conflict with anyspot?

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    open up spotlight . type word. highlight word. choose define.

    • Jonathan

      Such simpler.

    • Or download SpotDefine in Cydia, wow. Such define.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan


  • Smuys

    Nice, but there should be an opening animation or maybe make it use the same system as miniplayer, lika a slideout tab.

  • Derek

    This is a great tweak and all, but Define for iOS 7 is a lot simpler and more efficient in my opinion. Define uses the control center and you can define, search with Wikipedia, and also it has a built in thesaurus that works wonderfully.

  • Derek

    Just realized you can actually open apps and stuff with it but still wouldn’t use it to search for the definitions of things.

  • Tom

    I miss the old iDB video intro ;(

    • Prasoon Singh

      Which old intro?

  • Joel Mattsson

    In my opinion there should be an X in the search bar so you can quickly take away what you already have written there

  • momerathe

    search works on OSX because you’ve got a keyboard in front of you, and typing is fast; I launch nearly all of my applications from spotlight

    typing on my iPhone is (for me) slow and crap; tapping on an icon (all neatly arranged into folders) is faster.

    still, if it works for you, knock yourself out 😉

  • Andy

    Jeff sure loves listening to Utada Hikaru, I’ve seen a few of his articles which show her name.

  • Prasoon Singh

    Help. I’m trying to take a screenshot of Weasel but my device just goes to the lock screen.

    • Cool

      Maybe your home button does not work properly.

  • Jay York

    Is anyone else having the problem of a small delay from the time you type the first letter to when it actually appears in the search box? Subsequent characters appear with no problem.