AppleScript is a proprietary programming language in Mac OS X to control and exchange data with applications.

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Script that outputs number of emails in Mail.app inbox

I'd like to have a command-line script I can invoke at the Terminal that will output the total number of messages in my "Work" Inbox in mail.app. Usage would look like this: $ inbox-count 48 What ...
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Check if a process is running, if not execute it again in Terminal

Is there a way to periodically check if a process is running with (probably with Apple script, or some other shell script) and if not then to execute it in Terminal? I have a PHP script that is needs ...
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How do I create an AppleScript that will quit an application at a specific time and then put the computer to sleep?

I've been toying around with AppleScript and Automator to get this thing to work, but I just can't seem wrap my head around it. If anyone could show me an example or give me some tips on how I can set ...
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automate app launch at midnight ?

How might I use Automator or Applescript to launch iTunes at midnight, and kill it at 5am ? (This is the only time when I have unlimited bandwidth.. rural sat-based ISP.. ugg.) Thanks.
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Can Applescript be used to automate a screen recording session on OS X?

I need to accomplish the following tasks from a script: Initiate a screen recording (with system audio). After a set delay, stop the recording. Save out to a file. Close the recording. I've tried ...
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Applescript app to shut down Mathematica at a specific time of day

I have the following workflow that I need to execute on a daily basis for a period of days: The computers start at a specified time, Mathematica and a specific Mathematica notebook launch and ...
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Terminal.app equivalent of `xterm -e 'cmd'`

With xterm (and gnome-terminal, terminator, etc), you can run the following command: $ xterm -e 'vim somefile.txt' xterm will open and run the specified program (in this case, Vim). When the ...
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/bin/sh: rm: command not found

I have problems with some applications that use AppleScript shell script feature. For example, Growl's uninstall scripts shows an error: error "/bin/sh: rm: command not found" number 127 The source ...
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How can I automate changing the quality of several photos?

I would like to be able to reduce the quality of the photos I have in a directory through some sort of automation. One of the requirements is that I cannot change the dimensions of the photo. The ...
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Insert Character on batch folder rename

I have a folder that has several hundreds of thousands of files named like "ABC 123456". I need to add a dash after between the two blocks of text like this "ABC - 123456". Leaving the trailing space. ...
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Select a menu item in AppleScript without using “System Events” in 10.9 Mavericks

I was just answering another question and was reminded of a new "feature" in Mavericks. I used to have a number of small Automator Services that took no input but did something useful when tied to a ...
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What is the Applescript command to show or hide iTerm2 window

Does anybody know the Applescript command to show or hide a iTerm2 terminal window? I use iTerm2 in a guake style command window and currently using one window and many tabs. My use case: I managed ...
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Sort Finder columns reversed

I can't get this reversed thing to work: Tell application "Finder" to set the sort direction of the modification date column to reversed
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AppleScript “Kill” Command Error

I am attempting to run an AppleScript every 24 hours to close a running application and restart it. I have used the following code successfully with other Apps: repeat delay 84600 set app_name ...
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Automatically press a key every 60 seconds

Is it possible via Automator, an app, applescript, etc. to automatically press a key (i.e. "g") every 60 seconds?
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Undocumented applescript functions

Is it possible for an application to have undocumented applescript functions. Commands that do not appear in the Applescript Editor Library for the application? Is this common? Is there someway to ...
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Wanting help creating an applescript that is run when the contents of a folder changes

I would greatly appreciate some assistance with the following. My scenario: I have a Mac app that generates RTF files. I have an Android app that deals with MultiMarkdown/Markdown files. The Mac ...
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Run a program/script when the screen is locked or unlocked

Is there a way to run a specified script or program when the screen is locked or unlocked? Ideally a bash function or an AppleScript. Is there an event that I could subscribe to that would allow me ...
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How to Identify Safari Javascript Alert Dialog using AppleScript?

In a particularly 'pesky' website, a dialog box pops up to block (or cover) automated entry of the userid input box. I have used the following code attempting to get a reference & to close this ...
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How to reset OS X volume after sleep using launchd?

I'm been trying to write a plist file on which when I return from sleep mode, I always want to make my Mac volume to the minimum amount. However, it looks like the following plist doesn't work, with ...
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Set Services keyboard shortcut via script OSX

I need a way to set the following programmatically: Specifically for shortcuts under Services, if that makes a difference. I'm wondering if this is possible via shell or AppleScript? EDIT: I've ...
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automator to run AppleScript for a shell script

For a selected file in Finder, I like to run a perl script using Services. I created an Automator process that runs an AppleScript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Terminal" ...
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Trying to remove files listed in file with AppleScript with do shell script call

The following code is an example of what I'm using at the moment, but it keeps erroring out on me: do shell script "find /Applications -name 'Bingo.app' > /tmp/remove_files" with administrator ...
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Applescript Click “Go” and “Open” - dialog inside application

In PCSX, (ps1 emulator), I'm trying to automate the steps to play an ISO. So, I'm doing this: set thepath to path to me set thesecondpath to POSIX path of thepath set thethirdpath to ...
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Applescript to kill open applications and log out user after 30 min. of inactivity

I'm looking for a way to automatically log off a user after 30 minutes of inactivity, as well as close all open applications. As of now, there is really only one user to deal with. I'd prefer an easy ...
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Creating wrapper script for Mail.app to send mail from Terminal

I'm trying to send mail from terminal with the help of bash and applescript. I use bash for taking care of arguments and the email message body. Then I have tried using Applescript to send the mail ...
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Problem setting terminal window bounds with AppleScript

Problem trying to solve I use multiple terminal windows to develop web applications. I'll have a terminal open for vim, a terminal open for git and a terminal open for basic file/directory commands. ...
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applescript (osascript) for changing Terminal.app profile

Is here a way to changing the Terminal.app profile from the command line? Here is already couple of questions about changing colors, but I need change the whole profile from the "Basic" (what is my ...
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AppleScript app started prompting to run or quit. How can I disable this?

I'm not entirely sure why this has started happening since this is completely new behaviour and I haven't done any system updates but I have a nice little toolbar app for my Snow Leopard Finder.app ...
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Toggling wi-fi on and off

I need an applescript that will toggle wi-fi off and on at set intervals, say every 10 or 15 minutes. I'm using a 2012 MacBookPro running 10.9.5.
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Moving finder window from one display to another

Would it be possible to create an AppleScript to instantly drag one screen from one screen to another (say, center of the second screen)?
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Using applescript to lock screen

I need an applescript which locks my Mac in the same way pressing "shift"+"ctrl"+"eject" would. I tried two different approaches, but both failed. The first one was to search the internet for a ...
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How to open a new Terminal tab in current working directory?

I want to create and run a bash function that: cd into a project's directory Open a new tab in Terminal in the same directory Open my dev tools and start dev services Item #2 doesn't work as ...
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AppleScript/Automate Mail Tasks

I've been trying to help a coworker automate a weekly email compilation he sends out but haven't yet been able to figure out how address a few specific areas...first I'll explain the situation, then ...
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Possible to automate entering star ratings and play counts for identical/duplicate song in iTunes?

I'm in the process of replacing my low quality <192 kpbs MP3s into either 320 kpbs MP3 or ALAC files in iTunes. Right now my routine is to import the new HQ files to iTunes, go to "Show Duplicate ...
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String of variable has a space - how do I escape spaces?

I'm working on an applescript that pulls old Time Machine backups and places them into a new folder. But if the old computer name has a space in it, that causes an issue in the do shell script ...
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Change keyboard whenever iTerm is selected

Using either Applescript or Automator is it possible to switch the software keyboard(Input Source) to a certain keyboard(input source) whenever iTerm becomes foreground? Scenario is as follows I ...
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How can I automate GIF to PNG with Preview using AppleScript?

I have a GIF file but I can open it only with Preview because it is a little bit ruined (GIMP or other programs does not open it correctly but it works with Preview). I want to export it to PNG ...
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How do I link/call an actual shell script saved within an Applescript app?

What's the correct syntax in the Applescript below to make this app run by double clicking on it rather than how it runs now by just running the Applescript in the AS script editor? The Shell script ...
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How to fast set hot corners in Mavericks?

I used a downloaded applescript to fast enable/disable hot corners but they don't work after I upgrade to Mavericks. Someone knows what's happening? Here's the disable script, hope it'll help you ...
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Applescript for deleting desktop files upon logout

I'm completely new to Applescript and currently very busy at work. I don't have time to learn it, I will once I find some free time, so I decided to ask you, the experts, for help. I need an ...
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How to swap command and option modifier keys with a script in OS X Lion

I use a PC usb keyboard with my macbook. So, I've gone into System Preferences > Keyboard > Modifier Keys... and swapped command and option for the usb keyboard. This puts those keys in the ...
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Automator: Correct syntax for calling an AppleScript file

I'm attempting to write an Automator application that will mount an external disk. I have an AppleScript that does the job and I'm attempting to insert it into an Automator application. However, ...
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Add AppleScripts to Git repository

I have a few AppleScript files that I would like to share with the community on GitHub. The files are located in two distinct directories: ~/Library/Scripts ~/Library/Application ...
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How to get screenshot only external monitor?

I there any way to screenshot only external monitor screen? do shell script "screencapture -x " & shot_path
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How can I set up a shell script as a wrapper to the main executable of an app?

I have an application that I want to launch via a shell script that does some setup and then launches the app itself with some specific options. Ideally, this script would be run whenever the ...
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What are some good resources for learning how to AppleScript with Xcode 4.3.2?

I AppleScript quite a bit and I'd like to start working with Xcode 4.3.2, so that I can expand the functionality of the things I'm writing. However, I have no idea how to use Xcode, nor how to ...
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Make a file a Stationery pad via command line

Is there a way to set make a file into a Stationery pad from the command line? You can do it by clicking "Get info" on a file and checking the box, but I would like to do it without clicking. An ...
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Can you (semi-)automatically rate all songs with at least X plays with Y stars in iTunes?

After reconsolidating my music collection in iTunes, I’m curious if there is any way to programmatically set star ratings based upon the number of plays, but only for songs that I have not yet rated? ...
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How Can I Restart in Windows Using a Script?

I'd like to be able to reboot into the Boot Camp partition without needing to go change the Startup Disk in System Preferences or holding down the Option key at startup. After reading some stuff on ...