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As of 01-Jan-2009, Sogudi is no longer supported and development has ceased. I have many reasons for this, but the only one that matters is that I no longer have the source code due to a simultaneous crash of my main and backup drives. I've spent more than a year trying to recover the code, but I've now admitted defeat and no longer intend to work on this project. My apologies to everyone -- KitzKikz



NEW: A version is available for Safari 3, Leopard, or 10.4.11 update. See SogudiBeta. It's not ready for prime time, but if you are in a hurry...

"Wow, it only happens occasionally that one encounters such useful programs! Thanks a lot for Sogudi, it really has become one of the most used utilities on my Mac." (More)

"Sogudi is one of those pieces of software that your brain gets used to. Then when you work on a computer (or another browser) that doesn't have it, you wonder how you lived so long without it." (More)

Now Works on Intel Based Macs!

NEW - You can now view Unix manual pages directly in Safari, without having to use an external application. Just type "man:grep" to see the unix man page for grep.


Configure your own shortcuts to search or visit your favorite sites using just a few simple keystrokes in Safari. Sogudi comes with several shortcuts included that allow you to search sites without waiting for their home pages to load, saving you time and effort.

Example: Just type 'vt' followed by your search term(s) into the Location bar and hit return. Sogudi translates your text into a fully qualified URL and the VersionTracker search comences.

Many more helpful shortcuts are included; you can modify these and easily create your own. Type 'mu' to search MacUpdate, 'dict' to search, 'mov' for the Internet Movie Database, etc. If you leave off the shortcut, Sogudi will send all the words to its default shortcut instead.

You can now type search terms into the address bar just like you can in the Google Search field from Apple. The difference is that Sogudi allows you to change the search engine you use. See the Default Shortcut topic below.

New in version 0.4.6

  • View man and apropos pages in Safari using "man:topic(section)" or "apropos:search"
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Sogudi would hang on some machines if a string of less than 11 characters was entered
    • If no "default_search" shortcut defined, then does not display "Sogudi" in search field.
    • Works with beta Safari versions 1.3 and 2.0
    • Correctly encodes search words containing certain punctuation (plus, equal, ampersand, etc.)
    • Adding a new shortcut and immediately removing it deleted the wrong shortcut. Fixed.
  • Added Finnish & Simplified Chinese localizations.


  • Mac OS X 10.2.x, 10.3.x, or Tiger
  • Safari 1.0 or later (Safari 3 compatible is at SogudiBeta)
  • View TestCase. Remember to add yours if it isn't listed.

Languages Supported

• Chinese• French
• Danish• German
• Dutch• Italian
• English• Spanish
• Finnish• Swedish

TranslateSogudi to additional languages.


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Tips & More Shortcuts

Included with Sogudi:
azAnother Amazon Search
defaultA Default Shortcut
hintMac OS X Hints
imgGoogle Images
movInternet Movie Database
sfSource Forge

View more shortcuts here.

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  • Installing
    1. Mount the Sogudi disk image by double clicking on it.
    2. Double click on the Sogudi Installer icon and follow the instructions.
    3. Launch Safari.
    4. Check for the "Sogudi..." menu item in the main "Safari" menu, it should appear just under "Preferences...".

  • Upgrading
    • Follow the installation instructions above.
    • The installer will detect any prior Sogudi installation and remove it before installing the new version.
    • Your shortcut file and other settings will remain untouched and safe, however a backup is always wise (see below).

  • Operating
    1. Type a shortcut where you would normally type a web address.
    2. Follow the shortcut with a space (to turn off Safari's url selection list).
    3. Type any words you wish to be substituted into the final string separated by spaces.
    4. Press ENTER or RETURN to activate.

For example:
You type:hint terminal color
Sogudi does the following:
1. Loads:http//
2. Substitutes:"terminal" & "color" for the @@@
3. Sends to Browser:http//

  • Default Shortcut
    • If the first word typed into the location field is not a known shortcut, Sogudi will look for a shortcut named "default" and pass all the words to it.
    • To automatically invoke the default shortcut, start with a space as the first character in the location field (for example "<space>red ribbon bandit" would be the same as "default red ribbon bandit").
    • If a shortcut named "default_search" exists, then terms entered into Safari's search field will be routed through the shortcut instead of going into a Google search.

  • NEW! Unix Man Pages;height=175
    • Type "man:command" in the location field, replacing command with the unix command you wish to look up.
    • To view a man page from a specific section, enter the section in parenthesis: "man:lsof(8)"
    • Type "apropos:searchstring" in the location field to use unix apropos to search for commands.

  • Customizing
    1. Choose "Sogudi..." from the main "Safari" menu (command-shift-comma).
    2. You may then Add, Edit, or Remove shortcuts. You can also disable or enable Sogudi.
    3. Also see SogudiPowerCustomize

  • Backup
    1. Backup the "SogudiShortcuts.plist" file from "~/Library/Application Support/".
    2. To restore, it is recommended to install a fresh copy of Sogudi and then restore the "SogudiShortcuts.plist" file from your backup to the "~/Library/Application Support/" folder.

  • Uninstalling
    1. Remove the "Sogudi" folder from "~/Library/InputManagers".
    2. Remove, if it exists, the "SogudiShortcuts.plist" file from "~/Library/Application Support/"

Questions / Help / Hints


  • I'm no longer calling this beta software. It has been out in the world for over a year with no harmful effects reported. However, there is still no warranty and no guarantee. The user assumes all risks in using this software.

  • I first came across shortcuts while looking at OmniWeb and decided that Apple's Safari needed them, too.

  • This software is Freeware.
    It costs nothing.

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