I found a way to open Terminal.app very usefully as:

osascript -e \'tell application "Terminal" to do script "cd myfolder && ./something.sh param1"\'

If it were executed from a terminal window then everything is fine - at least for every case that I test. Howeer I run this command from a Node.js server because only that I can trigger a script in a terminal window. But here is the trouble: when it's executed, the Terminal window is behind my Chrome Browser.

How can this window be surely set on the top? I noticed that the window can be surely on top of other Terminal windows but how to set it on top of all other windows?

For example, the window is below Chrome and very hard to be seen:

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Use the AppleScript command activate to bring the Terminal.app application to the front:

tell application "Terminal"
end tell

Using osascript this becomes:

osascript -e 'tell application "Terminal" to activate'
  • Is it possible to do that in one line? Because I have to trigger this in a node.js function. Sep 10, 2015 at 16:45
  • I have added an osascript equivalent. Sep 10, 2015 at 18:21
  • osascript -e 'tell application "Terminal" to activate and to do script "cd myfolder && ./something.sh param1"' Is this correct? Sep 11, 2015 at 12:27
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    The simplest solution is to run osascript twice from JavaScript. Once to start your script and again to bring Terminal.app to the front. Sep 11, 2015 at 13:03
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    Alternative to running osascript twice is running it once with 2 -e commands, like so: osascript -e 'tell application "Terminal" to activate' -e 'tell application "Terminal" to do script "..."'
    – Hugues M.
    May 20, 2017 at 23:14

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