On Linux file manager, I think Dolphin (not sure right now, sorry) I can open Konsole just hitting F4. I would like to have the same on MacOS/Finder, openning Terminal instead. Is it possible?

I'm on El Captain.

  • What version of OS X/macOS are you running? – user3439894 Oct 28 '16 at 16:07
  • How does an Automator service containing an Applescript , triggered from standard key commands sound? I'll add it as an answer if that will do you. – Tetsujin Oct 28 '16 at 16:42
  • "Automator service containing an Applescript , triggered from standard key commands" seems interestingly. I would like to know more. – KcFnMi Oct 28 '16 at 16:59
  • See also apple.stackexchange.com/questions/11323/…. – lhf Oct 28 '16 at 17:39

I use Go2Shell for that purpose. It's a free app which can be added to Finder. Clicking on it will open a new Terminal window with the current directory.

You can get it on the Mac App Store.


Another great tool is cdto by Jay Tuley.

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You could do it with a Service [a Service is just the best/simplest way to launch an app via key command, saves having to define plists etc]

If you just need to launch a default Terminal, very simply...

  • Launch Automator [Applications/Utilities]
  • Select New Service
  • In the Actions list on the left, Select Automator, then Run Applescript from the 2nd column.
  • Copy/paste tell application "Terminal" to activate
    between the on run & end run commands.
  • Save [It will automatically save to the correct place for Services.

  • Open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services. Your new service will be right at the bottom of the list.

  • Add a hot key

If you need to open Terminal at your current location, that already exists as a built-in Service, just find it in the list, activate & supply a key command.

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