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What is the alternate for BAT file (Windows) on Mac? Does different version of OS X have different format of BAT files? I am trying to create a BAT file on Mac which normally changes directory while the file is open.

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Look here or here – Mathias711 Jun 15 '14 at 12:04
Look at Unix shell scripts or python, perl or other scripting languages – Mark Jun 15 '14 at 12:26
Let's focus on general ways to do things similar to BAT files in this question. If you need help in getting a specific problem solved please ask a new question. – patrix Jun 15 '14 at 15:13

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Being pretty unfamiliar with batch files, I'm not sure of the functionality available, but there are two main scripting methods on OS X which are similar:

  • AppleScript

    AppleScript is a scripting language which lets you control OS X and many applications.

    AppleScripts are generally easy to understand and write whilst providing a lot of advanced functionality. Here is an AppleScript which counts the files in the Applications folder:

    tell application "Finder"
        if folder "Applications" of startup disk exists then
            return count files in folder "Applications" of startup disk
            return 0
        end if
    end tell

    For more information about AppleScript, see:

  • Shell script

    A shell script is a script for a Unix shell.

    The equivalent shell script to the above AppleScript is the following:

    if [ -d "/Applications/" ]; then
        ls -1 "/Applications/" | wc -l

    As you're probably going to use bash, this is a good guide to get you started:

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Look up .bash or .command on mac ;)

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