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Is it possible to execute a bash script by double-clicking on it? The shell script executes with $ ./script.sh without issues. Double-clicking the script opens TextEdit. It would be nice to execute by clicking on it...

$ system_profiler SPSoftwareDataType 
Software:

System Software Overview:

  System Version: macOS 10.13.4 (17E199)
  Kernel Version: Darwin 17.5.0
  Boot Volume: lily
  Boot Mode: Normal
  Computer Name: lily’s MacBook Air
  User Name: System Administrator (root)
  Secure Virtual Memory: Enabled
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    It's going to be confusing if you say your script is .sh and not .command - you need to have that for click to work out of the box. – bmike Jun 2 '18 at 13:24
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Maybe change the extension name to .command, but I think there should be some workaround to make .sh work.

To run by double click on the icon: open terminal and cd to directory of script. then chmod +x . finder will decide if it is excutable or not.

  • thanks. as i mentioned, the script runs fine, it has permission to execute – lily Jun 2 '18 at 9:15
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    @lily If you save the script to your desktop and open it with Finder - can you take read/write ownership of it entirely - then double check chmod a+x and drop the icon to the command line window and make sure execute is set? It's likely a permissions issue and putting it on your desktop and using Finder to fix ACL/ownership should clarify if that's the case with where and how you stored the file - not that you don't have .command set properly. – bmike Jun 2 '18 at 13:24
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  1. Go to your Terminal or iTerm.

  2. Change to directory where your file is located.

  3. Type the following:

    chmod a+x (yourscriptname)

  4. Right click on your file and select Open with and Other.

  5. Enable All Applications and choose Terminal.

  6. NOTE: If you always want to open that file with Terminal, then check Always Open With.

  7. Finally, double click on your file and it should work.

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