Our stance on building Raycast.
In a time when we download new software every day, it’s important for us to take a step back and define what stance we take. This is a list of our philosophies.
We respect your privacy
No login is required to use Raycast. Everything you do in the app is anonymous and your data stays on your computer.
The credentials for third party services are stored securely in your Keychain. All extensions communicate directly via HTTPS over TLS to third party APIs. Raycast does not operate intermediary servers to process or store your data. We use OAuth for authentication and authorization where possible and access as little information as necessary. Our databases are stored encrypted on your local hard drive. None of the data fetched from third party services leaves your computer. Also, any data in an extension gets deleted when you log out.
We don’t track any sensitive data. Only completely anonymous usage statistics and error logging are sent to us. We interpret the usage data in order to improve Raycast. None of the data is sold and we don’t use it for advertisement.
We build a business
We took on funding to build a company around developer productivity. Our vision is to establish an ecosystem and community of productivity tools paired with a clear business model.
During our public beta, Raycast is free to use. Eventually, we’ll add paid features for power users and teams. The clear monetization guarantees that we are able to maintain the tool and support the community. The core functionality will remain free.
We write native code
At its core, Raycast makes developers faster. We don’t want the computers to become the bottleneck. We built the app natively on top of Apple’s frameworks. Right now we only support macOS.
By doing this, we can deliver the best performance with the least amount of resources. In addition, we’re able to augment the operating system and adopt the platform-specific user experience. Eventually, we’ll expand to other systems with additional native clients. Custom extensions built with our API will work on all clients in the same way.
We grow a community
We put our community first and provide them with the toolkit they need to build the productivity tools they desire.
We learned that a strong community can lift a product to the next level. Plus, we know that we can’t build all extensions ourselves. Every individual, team and organization has a different setup. Sometimes they are internal and are not always accessible to others. Our effort concentrates on establishing a community that can build the ecosystem of productivity tools they need.