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Is there a piece of software that allows one to pause (& un-pause) a currently playing YouTube video (or, ideally, any online video/audio media), with a keyboard shortcut or a conveniently accessible button (e.g., a button that sits in the menu bar, located at the top-right of the screen)? The fewer necessary clicks, the better.

The key here is that I want the ability to pause the video in any application, that is, when Google Chrome is not the foremost application (e.g., TextEdit or Microsoft Word is the foremost application).

iOS has this shortcut built-in. If one swipes from the bottom of the screen to the top, media controls appear. These controls can manipulate any and all audio that originates in a Safari tab.

My web browser is Google Chrome.

OS X El Capitan, version 10.11.6.


I would also be open to accomplishing this with an AppleScript (that can then be assigned to a key combination in FastScripts.app). But, I cannot imagine that such a complex task is possible via AppleScript.

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    So, you're looking for a menu bar solution rather than just tapping the Space Bar? Or mouse-clicking on the Play/Pause button? – Monomeeth Apr 21 '17 at 2:36
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    @Monomeeth Please see my edit. I forgot to mention that Chrome is not the active application; the video plays in the background. So, to pause the video, I have to click on the Chrome window, click on the tab that contains the video, and only then can I use the space bar or a left-click to pause the video. – rubik's sphere Apr 21 '17 at 2:44
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    you're looking for something like if i understood the question : beardedspice.github.io – enzo Apr 21 '17 at 15:55
  • @enzo I've downloaded BeardedSpice and it is exactly what I am looking for. BeardedSpice is perfect for my needs. If you want to post this as an answer, I will happily accept it. Thanks! – rubik's sphere Apr 21 '17 at 17:26
  • I actually wonder why Google hasn't made the keyboard Play/Pause button (F8) work for YouTube, given that it does work as expected when you visit Google Play Music in Chrome. – calum_b Apr 21 '17 at 23:03
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This script will click on the Play/Pause button on a video playing in YouTube in Google Chrome, whether or not Google Chrome is visible.

to clickClassName(theClassName, elementnum)
    tell application "Google Chrome" to (tabs of window 1 whose URL contains "youtube")
    set youtubeTabs to item 1 of the result
    tell application "Google Chrome"
        execute youtubeTabs javascript "document.getElementsByClassName('" & theClassName & "')[" & elementnum & "].click();"
    end tell
end clickClassName    

clickClassName("ytp-play-button ytp-button", 0)

This is the script version to work with Safari

to clickClassName2(theClassName, elementnum)
    tell application "Safari"
        tell window 1 to set current tab to tab 1 whose URL contains "youtube"
        do JavaScript "document.getElementsByClassName('" & theClassName & "')[" & elementnum & "].click();" in document 1
    end tell
end clickClassName2

clickClassName2("ytp-play-button ytp-button", 0)

In an effort to give the OP A complete AppleScript solution, I have taken my original answer one step further..

UPDATE

I finally figured it out. I created an AppleScript application in Xcode. Originally, my project only started with a one button window to control YouTube videos currently active in Chrome or Safari. This project has grown a little bit into an application that contains several utilities. This GIF shows the YouTube Pause button controlling YouTube in Chrome and Safari. I linked the button actions to the AppleScript I originally wrote in script editor.

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This is a snapshot of the Xcode application Working in the AppDelegate.applescript file.

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Here is the code in that file I created to make the program work.

script AppDelegate

    property parent : class "NSObject"


    -- IBOutlets
    property theWindow : missing value

    to clickClassName(theClassName, elementnum) -- Handler for pausing YouTube in Chrome
        if application "Google Chrome" is running then
            try
                tell application "Google Chrome" to (tabs of window 1 whose URL contains "youtube")
                set youtubeTabs to item 1 of the result
                tell application "Google Chrome"
                    execute youtubeTabs javascript "document.getElementsByClassName('" & theClassName & "')[" & elementnum & "].click();"
                end tell
            end try
        end if
    end clickClassName

    to clickClassName2(theClassName, elementnum) -- Handler for pausing YouTube in Safari
        if application "Safari" is running then
            try
                tell application "Safari"
                    tell window 1 to set current tab to tab 1 whose URL contains "youtube"
                    do JavaScript "document.getElementsByClassName('" & theClassName & "')[" & elementnum & "].click();" in document 1
                end tell
            end try
        end if
    end clickClassName2

    on doSomething:sender -- Calls the Chrome YouTube Handler
        clickClassName("ytp-play-button ytp-button", 0)
    end doSomething:

    on doSomething14:sender -- Calls the Safari YouTube Handler
        clickClassName2("ytp-play-button ytp-button", 0)
    end doSomething14:

    on doSomething2:sender -- Hide and or show the Menu Bar
        tell application "System Preferences"
            reveal pane id "com.apple.preference.general"
        end tell
        tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" to tell window "General"
            click checkbox "Automatically hide and show the menu bar"
        end tell
        delay 1
        quit application "System Preferences"
    end doSomething2:

    on doSomething3:sender -- Sets Display resolution to the second lowest setting (15 inch Built In Retina Display - MBP)
        tell application "System Preferences"
            reveal anchor "displaysDisplayTab" of pane "com.apple.preference.displays"
        end tell
        tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" to tell window "Built-in Retina Display"
            click radio button "Scaled" of radio group 1 of tab group 1
            click radio button 2 of radio group 1 of group 1 of tab group 1
        end tell
        quit application "System Preferences"
    end doSomething3:

    on doSomething4:sender -- Sets Display resolution to the second highest setting (15 inch Built In Retina Display - MBP)
        tell application "System Preferences"
            reveal anchor "displaysDisplayTab" of pane "com.apple.preference.displays"
        end tell
        tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" to tell window "Built-in Retina Display"
            click radio button "Scaled" of radio group 1 of tab group 1
            click radio button 4 of radio group 1 of group 1 of tab group 1
        end tell
        quit application "System Preferences"
    end doSomething4:

    on doSomething5:sender -- Sets Display resolution to the highest setting (15 inch Built In Retina Display - MBP)
        tell application "System Preferences"
            reveal anchor "displaysDisplayTab" of pane "com.apple.preference.displays"
        end tell
        tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" to tell window "Built-in Retina Display"
            click radio button "Scaled" of radio group 1 of tab group 1
            click radio button 5 of radio group 1 of group 1 of tab group 1
        end tell
        quit application "System Preferences"
    end doSomething5:

    on doSomething6:sender -- Sets Display resolution to the lowest setting (15 inch Built In Retina Display - MBP)
        tell application "System Preferences"
            reveal anchor "displaysDisplayTab" of pane "com.apple.preference.displays"
        end tell
        tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" to tell window "Built-in Retina Display"
            click radio button "Scaled" of radio group 1 of tab group 1
            click radio button 1 of radio group 1 of group 1 of tab group 1
            delay 0.1
            click button "OK" of sheet 1
            quit application "System Preferences"
        end tell
    end doSomething6:

    on doSomething7:sender -- Displays a dialog with your current IP
        tell current application to display dialog (do shell script "curl ifconfig.io") with icon 2 buttons "OK" default button 1 with title "Your Current IP Address Is.." giving up after 5
    end doSomething7:

    on doSomething8:sender -- Shows hidden files in Finder
        do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE\nkillall Finder"
    end doSomething8:

    on doSomething9:sender -- Hides hidden files in Finder if they are showing
        do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE\nkillall Finder"
    end doSomething9:

    on doSomething10:sender  -- Brightness Highest
        tell application "System Preferences"
            reveal anchor "displaysDisplayTab" of pane "com.apple.preference.displays"
        end tell
        tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" to tell window "Built-in Retina Display"
        set value of value indicator 1 of slider 1 of group 2 of tab group 1 to 12
        end tell
        quit application "System Preferences"
    end doSomething10:

    on doSomething11:sender -- Brightness Lowest
        tell application "System Preferences"
            reveal anchor "displaysDisplayTab" of pane "com.apple.preference.displays"
        end tell
        tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" to tell window "Built-in Retina Display"
        set value of value indicator 1 of slider 1 of group 2 of tab group 1 to 0.1
        end tell
        quit application "System Preferences"
    end doSomething11:

    on doSomething12:sender -- Zoom
        tell application "System Events"
            key code 28 using {command down, option down}
        end tell
    end doSomething12:

    on doSomething13:sender -- Dictation On/Off
        tell application "System Events"
            keystroke "x" using {option down}
        end tell
    end doSomething13:

    on doSomething15:sender -- Enables Screensaver as Desktop background
        tell application "System Events"
            do shell script "/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background"
        end tell
    end doSomething15:

    on doSomething16:sender -- Kills Screensaver Desktop background
        try
            tell application id "com.apple.ScreenSaver.Engine" to quit
        end try
    end doSomething16:


    on applicationWillFinishLaunching:aNotification
        -- Insert code here to initialize your application before any files are opened

    end applicationWillFinishLaunching:

    on applicationShouldTerminate:sender
        -- Insert code here to do any housekeeping before your application quits


        return current application's NSTerminateNow
    end applicationShouldTerminate:

    on applicationShouldTerminateAfterLastWindowClosed:sender -- Quits app when clicking red x

        return TRUE

    end applicationShouldTerminateAfterLastWindowClosed:

end script

I updated the code so that the YouTube tab in Chrome doesn't need to be the visible or active tab when clicking the YouTube Pause Button created in Xcode

Here is a link to download the entire Xcode project

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WARNING: The desktop screen saver function will freeze the App. After force quit and re-open, The desktop screensaver function to exit active screen saver will work.

Afterthoughts: I probably should have wrapped each of the AppleScript codes in "try" statements to avoid all sorts of error messages for those playing with this project,who don't have the same system and computer type that I do. (MacBook Pro 15" OS Sierra 10.12.6)

For the zoom function To work, it must be enabled in system preferences.

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For the toggling of “Dictation on/off” to function correctly, the short cut to enable dictation commands in system preferences must match the shortcut used in the script

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on doSomething13:sender -- Dictation On/Off
    tell application "System Events"
        keystroke "x" using {option down}
    end tell
end doSomething13:

Currently I am working on the ability to toggle between the application running windowed or menu bar only

  • Setting aside the display dialing ... you only need this one line of code tell application "Google Chrome" to execute front window's active tab javascript "document.getElementsByClassName('ytp-play-button ytp-button')['0'].click();". Since the OP wants to "pause (& un-pause) a currently playing YouTube video", Google is already open and it could be minimized with the active tab playing and the aforementioned one line of code will act upon it. Therefore no need to activate the window or as in your code, use launch as this is what's stated in the documentation, continued in next comment... – user3439894 Apr 22 '17 at 1:05
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    This is a very clever solution! I decided to go with the third-party program, BeardedSpice, as previously suggested in a comment by enzo, because BeardedSpice works even if the Chrome window that contains the video is minimized, and this Chrome window will remain minimized. BeardedSpice also works with a litany of online media players (not only YouTube). But, I'm amazed that you figured out how to do this in AppleScript. – rubik's sphere Apr 25 '17 at 23:32
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    It would be very nice if you would zip archive the Xcode Project Files and provide a download link for the archive. :) – user3439894 Jul 28 '17 at 14:14
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    I'm just cleaning up the code a bit and I will do what you ask shortly :) – wch1zpink Jul 28 '17 at 14:15
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    Thanks for sharing the project files. If I could up vote your answer again I would. :) – user3439894 Jul 28 '17 at 22:33
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Heres how to get in the menu bar with pure AppleScript. Save as Aplication with stay open after run handler:

P.S. I stole the code for the actual play/pause functions from @wch1zpink so please upvote their answer also

--AppleScript: menu bar script -- Created 2017-03-03 by Takaaki Naganoya adapted by Josh Brown
--2017 Piyomaru Software
use AppleScript version "2.4"
use scripting additions
use framework "Foundation"
use framework "AppKit"
--http://piyocast.com/as/archives/4502

property aStatusItem : missing value

on run
    init() of me
end run

on init()
    set aList to {"Google Chrome", "⏯", "", "Safari", "⏯​", "", "Quit"}
    set aStatusItem to current application's NSStatusBar's systemStatusBar()'s statusItemWithLength:(current application's NSVariableStatusItemLength)

    aStatusItem's setTitle:"🎛"
    aStatusItem's setHighlightMode:true
    aStatusItem's setMenu:(createMenu(aList) of me)
end init

on createMenu(aList)
    set aMenu to current application's NSMenu's alloc()'s init()
    set aCount to 1
    repeat with i in aList
        set j to contents of i
        if j is not equal to "" then
            set aMenuItem to (current application's NSMenuItem's alloc()'s initWithTitle:j action:"actionHandler:" keyEquivalent:"")
        else
            set aMenuItem to (current application's NSMenuItem's separatorItem())
        end if
        (aMenuItem's setTarget:me)
        (aMenuItem's setTag:aCount)
        (aMenu's addItem:aMenuItem)
        if j is not equal to "" then
            set aCount to aCount + 1
        end if
    end repeat

    return aMenu
end createMenu

on actionHandler:sender
    set aTag to tag of sender as integer
    set aTitle to title of sender as string

    if aTitle is "Quit" then
        current application's NSStatusBar's systemStatusBar()'s removeStatusItem:aStatusItem
    end if
    #Chrome
    if aTitle is "⏯" then
        clickClassName("ytp-play-button ytp-button", 0)
    end if
    #Safari
    if aTitle is "⏯​" then
        clickClassName2("ytp-play-button ytp-button", 0)
    end if
end actionHandler:

to clickClassName(theClassName, elementnum)
    tell application "Google Chrome" to (tabs of window 1 whose URL contains "youtube")
    set youtubeTabs to item 1 of the result
    tell application "Google Chrome"
        execute youtubeTabs javascript "document.getElementsByClassName('" & theClassName & "')[" & elementnum & "].click();"
    end tell
end clickClassName

to clickClassName2(theClassName, elementnum)
    tell application "Safari"
        tell window 1 to set current tab to tab 1 whose URL contains "youtube"
        do JavaScript "document.getElementsByClassName('" & theClassName & "')[" & elementnum & "].click();" in document 1
    end tell
end clickClassName2
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    Two issue I see, the first being if you quit from the menu bar the AppleScript Application Dock Tile is still there and the app then has to be quit separately. You could add a quit command to the if aTitle is "Quit" then block after the current application's ... line of code to resolve this. The second issue is symbols you're using do not show well when the Use dark menu bar and Dock General System Preference is selected. You really can't see the symbols until you mouse over them. You might consider adding text to the menu item with the symbols., e.g.: Play/Pause YouTube ⏯​ – user3439894 Jul 17 '18 at 21:54
  • Thanks for suggestions regarding dark mode will adjust. I will fix quit issue. – JBis Jul 17 '18 at 21:55
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    Also, when creating a menu extra app such as this, I like to hide the App's Dock Tile with LSUIElement = 1 added to the name.app/Contents/Info.plist file. IMO There is no need to have the App's Dock Tile show for this type of menu extra app. – user3439894 Jul 17 '18 at 22:01
  • @user3439894 Knew about that I have more my apps just forgot to add feel free to edit that in. – JBis Jul 17 '18 at 22:02
  • Also note that the --http://piyocast.com/as/archives/4502 comment in the code is no longer valid however this answer Applescript run from menu bar? by the original code author contains the original code that used to be at that URL. The answer also includes the defaults command for hiding the Dock Tile, e.g: defaults write /Applications/name_of_app.app/Contents/Info.plist LSUIElement -bool yes – user3439894 Jul 17 '18 at 22:18

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