IFTTT (If This Then That) is a free web-based service that can automatically trigger the creation of actions in OmniFocus based on a wide range of conditions.

IFTTT is short for “If This Then That” and is a free web-based service that allows you to automate your life and work using “recipes”. A recipe is triggered by a specific condition (the “this”) and results in an action being taken (the “that”). You can create and edit recipes using the web interface or the iOS app.

For example, if you added something important to Pocket and wanted to make sure you read it before the meeting on Friday, you could tag it with “must read” and have IFTTT create an action in OmniFocus prompting you to read the article. It might also be useful to create an IFTTT receipt that creates a “Pay: BC Hydro” action in OmniFocus each time you receive an email from BC Hydro with the word “Invoice” in the subject line. The possibilities are endless.

Tip: IFTTT creates actions in OmniFocus by sending an email to the OmniFocus Mail Drop address that is included with the Omni Group’s free Omni Sync Server. Watch our Emailing Into OmniFocus Using Mail Drop to Inbox video for more information on emailing actions into OmniFocus.

Other Resources

  • OmniFocus Recipes on ifttt.com – The IFTTT website contains a wide range of OmniFocus Recipes. Use them as-is, or as inspiration for your own recipes.