On a Zoom call, I'd like to use AppleScript to determine the currently active Microphone and Speaker.

I can select a Mic option using https://github.com/raycast/script-commands/blob/master/commands/communication/zoom/toggle-mic.applescript but am unable to figure out how to read the values.

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you can use GUI scripting for this, e.g. this gets you the current speakers:

    tell application "System Preferences"
        reveal pane id "com.apple.preference.sound"
    end tell

    tell application "System Events"
        tell application process "System Preferences"
            tell tab group 1 of window "Sound"
                click radio button "Output"
                tell table 1 of scroll area 1
            set selected_row to (first UI element whose selected is true)
            set currentOutput to value of text field 1 of selected_row as text
            display dialog currentOutput
                end tell
            end tell
        end tell
     end tell

     if application "System Preferences" is running then
        tell application "System Preferences" to quit
     end if`

GUI script elements might be located differently on different MacOS releases.

  • Thanks - but this gets the current system output. Zoom has a unique capability where you can set the speakers distinct from the System output.
    – hasan
    Commented Aug 5, 2022 at 20:01
  • Which doesn’t change the system settings when on call? I have to try this later… 🤓 maybe this helps in finding which - if any - AppleScript commands Zoom offers. Commented Aug 5, 2022 at 20:06
  • Yes - that's why it's not as straight forward. Thanks for the Open Dictionary resource - didn't know that existed! Zoom doesn't have any official AppleScript commands. I think I'll need to investigate more of the GUI scripting.
    – hasan
    Commented Aug 5, 2022 at 20:36
  • @slartibartfast You really ought to test code before sharing it. That said, your code is nice. I would +1 had it been relevant to the OP's question.
    – CJK
    Commented Aug 8, 2022 at 5:16

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