Is it possible to start a terminal command without opening the terminal first?

I have some quick commands, and for those I open the terminal window, run the command, and close it again. I generally don’t like my terminal program to be active all the time, because it clutters my dock.

Then I vaguely remembered, that there is the Alt-F2 thing on some Linux-distributions, where you can start a single command without opening a shell window first. I think I never used this function regularly, but this seems to be the thing I’m looking for.

Is there something like this on mac os?

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  • Uh, yeah, that looks nice. Especially BitBar looks cool. I have to predefine all commands in both cases, but that's okay. Thank you! – rcheetah Jan 2 at 16:30
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    When Alt-F2 is entered in Ubuntu linux the screen goes dark and the dialog box shown in this image appears. You can enter a command such as firefox to launch the Firefox Web Browser. I posted this comment as an example of what the OP is talking about. – David Anderson Jan 2 at 16:30
  • You can run terminal commands from applescript. Keyboard maestro allow you to set terminal commands to a hotkey. – historystamp Jan 2 at 20:06
  • For future reference: I created shell scripts for my commands instead of aliases, and included the folder in the PATH variable. Thereby I could call them from any bash shell on the system. Then I used the recommended tool BitBar to call my commands from the menu bar. I guess it would be possible to create a BitBar-Plugin that lets you enter a command, but for now I didn’t take the time to write such a thing. Thanks to everyone who commented! – rcheetah Jan 21 at 22:39

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