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Using iOS Shortcuts with Mealie


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User brasilikum opened an issue on the main repo about how they had created an iOS shortcut for interested users. This original method broke after the transition to version 1.X and an issue was raised on Github GitHub user Zippyy has helped to create a working shortcut for version 1.X.

This is a useful utility for iOS users who browse for recipes in their web browser from their devices.

Don't know what an iOS shortcut is? Neither did I! Experienced iOS users may already be familiar with this utility but for the uninitiated, here is the official Apple explanation:

A shortcut is a quick way to get one or more tasks done with your apps. The Shortcuts app lets you create your own shortcuts with multiple steps. For example, build a “Surf Time” shortcut that grabs the surf report, gives an ETA to the beach, and launches your surf music playlist.

Basically it is a visual scripting language that lets a user build an automation in a guided fashion. The automation can be shared with anyone but if it is a user creation, you'll have to jump through a few hoops to make an untrusted automation work on your device.

This guide assumes that you already know how to generate API tokens for your user that intends to use an iOS shortcut.

First, click the link and begin the setup of the shortcut.


Next, you need to replace url and port with the information for your Mealie instance.

If you have a domain that you use (e.g., put that here. If you just run local, then you need to put in your Mealie instance IP and the port you use (e.g. the default is 9925).


Finally, you need to replace the word keyhere with your API token. Keep the word Bearer!!!


You should now be able to share a website to the shortcut and have Mealie grab all the necessary information!