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Questions tagged [automator]

An application developed by Apple for macOS that implements the creation of workflows.

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write a “macro” to launch multiple terminal windows with one icon

I have to send a sales person to a conference, and I have a mack set up with a MEAN app (running mongo and node app in browser), I don't want my sales person to have to know/worry about how to launch ...
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How do I combine images into a PDF file automatically? [duplicate]

I have a large set of (.png) images that I want to combine into a single PDF document. I know how to turn each of them into a PDF and I know how to manually combine them using preview. What I would ...
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Automator, Show/Hide hidden file

I'm still running El Capitan so I don't have that shortcut for show/hide hidden files. A while ago I've created automator service, which using the keyboard shortcut could show/hide hidden file ...
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Problems creating Automator service using ffmpeg

Hi so I am having problems running ffmpeg on a folder of movie files with Mac's automator. My goal is to select a folder and right click/select service and automatically the Automator script (shell ...
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What causes an automator app from a network share so that normal users can't run it?

I have an application that I made in Automator which is literally just running a shell command. It's stored on a network share and when I copy it to another mac the root account and admin account can ...
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Keynote Automation using Applescript/Java

I'm looking to create an AppleScript to automate my Keynote workflow. Basically, I want to replace a marker in the Presenter Notes with text from a table (Numbers, Excel, or other). I found this ...
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How to remove text services?

I know service workflows created from Automator can be removed from ~/Library/Services, but I cannot see any services related to selected text there. See my screenshots I must have installed apps ...
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Batch compress files with same name, and also grab the images folder

I have folders that contain pairs of html and js files with the same name. But I also have an images folder that needs to be included in each zip, as it contains the bitmaps the js file calls. This ...
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Apply automator action to original instead of copy

I'm trying to make a simple action to scale down an image by 50% but keeping an original copy of the file in the same directory. I easily made an action similar to what I want that produces two files: ...
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Possible to Disable Screensaver?

What I'd like to achieve On my Macbook Pro with latest macOS - every X minutes, the screensaver turns on for X seconds, then the screensaver turns off. This application by defaults runs every time ...
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How do I get automator to act on multiple folders?

I have a number of folders in the following format: Folder_Name_1 Converted_Files file1.aiff file2.aiff : : fileX.aiff Folder_Name_2 ...
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OSX Mojave + Automator - run AppleScript as Keyboard Shortcut Service

I am looking to create an AppleScript that allows me to open up a new finder window pointing to Desktop from anywhere in the system, preferably without having to use any thirdparty apps. Ideally the ...
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How to use automator services in Fluid-created apps in Mojave

I was having an issue with Spotlight and an Apple support person had me "upgrade" to Mojave and now I'm pissed off. None of my Automator services work in my Fluid Apps anymore! I have about a half-...
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Play folder with right button with iTunes

This answer to Play folder with right button with VLC explains how playing all the audio tracks within a folder can be accomplished when using VLC. I don't want to install VLC, how can I accomplish ...
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Create a custom Quick Action to create a zip file with password

How to create a custom Quick Action to create a zip file with password. I understand, to create a zip file with password the following command-line can be used: zip -er archive.zip /path/to/...
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Automator: Move files into new subfolder based on file's name

Disclaimer, this may not be something Automator can do. I have a large directory of movie files. In order to use a piece of software, each movie needs to be in it's own folder. I'd like to create ...
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Automatically tag newly shared files?

I'm loosing track of all my shared iCloud files throughout my Mac. Is there a way to automatically tag newly shared files with a tag called Shared for example, then remove the tag when it is no longer ...
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What does “Cache location entry for Photos.app in cache file” error signify in Automator app?

I have written a very basic script to count the number of files in a folder, then if it reaches 16 files, to run an automator workflow, as below: #!/bin/bash cd /Users/barbooths/Projects/...
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How to manually “file” files into folder, quickly, only using the keyboard

I'm working to set up a paperless filing system. Although I've got several pieces in place, one of the parts that slows me down the most is putting a scanned file into the right folder. Find the ...
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Batch Reformat Date in Filenames

I am in need of a solution that will allow me to batch reformat/rename the date appended at the end of a filename and then move the date to the beginning of the filename. I'm adopting the ISO 8601 ...
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Is there a way to reroute files downloaded from a specific domain to a new folder?

This seems like a really simple issue and perhaps I'm overthinking it. My specific use case for this is: I've downloaded a pdf/image/etc. from a website I'd like to take that file and move it from ...
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How to display standard output in Mac application converted from shell script?

It's easy to convert a shell script to a Mac App as suggested here. But I am only able to see the operation result of the script(or the Mac App) after the script finished and there seem to be no easy ...
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Remap eject key to Lock screen

I want to remap my eject key (on a external Apple Keyboard) to a lock screen action from automator. I tried using Karabiner, but when I use the EventViewer i don't see anything logging when i press ...
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Click check buttons via keyboard or script

I'm using Final Cut 7 under El Capitan, and I need to check the following buttons (in fact just the Audio Tracks, but both would be nice) using the keyboard, or maybe a scripted method. I have ...
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Viewing a terminal script as it runs in Automator

I have written an Automator Service that calls ffmpeg, encodes the selected files in Finder, then sends a notification via Growl to Prowl on iOS. It all works, but I'd like to be able to view the ...
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Show a preview of folder in preview column in column view of Finder

I want folders to show up as previews in the right hand preview pane of column view in Finder. Primarily I want this so that I can access some some Automator actions right there in the preview pane. ...
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Automator - automatically copy files/folders when tagged a specific custom label

Being a Mac user, I really enjoy the simple feature of tagging files and folders. Its very useful to filter by tag to quickly access any files which I have tagged regardless of where they are located. ...
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How to batch add folders to Folder Actions

I actively manage a directory of folders that contain images that are organised by modification dates. Due to this, I had made a quick action that used an applescript and bash to help me ensure that ...
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Automator script runs twice on Finder selected files

I'm writing a simple service to open a file in Emacs through selection in Finder. for f in $@ do open -a Emacs "$f" done If a file is selected in Finder (solid blue on the file after ...
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Automator: `command not found` (Python script for command line) [duplicate]

I am trying to create an Automator application, which allows me to convert Python script files .py files to Jupyter Notebook files .ipynb using Python script for command line jupytext. However, the ...
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Automator to open random file on Windows share

I have created through automator the ability to locally open a random file in a specified folder with subfolders. I cannot figure out how to do this on a networked Windows share. I have: Get ...
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Quick action opens automator

I have created a "Quick Action" workflow that copies a specified file to a new directory and doesn't require any input: I added it to the quick panel in finder for the fast access but each time I use ...
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Automator Folder Action workflow to copy a file to one folder and then move it to another folder

I need an Automator Folder Action workflow that when files are dropped into the folder the workflow is assigned to, it will first make a copy of the dropped files to one different folder, and then ...
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Automator :: Remove 6 digit date from filename; append current date

I apologize in advance if this has been answered but have performed a lengthy search in hope of a solution. I have a working Automator app that appends the current six-digit date (YYMMDD) to the end ...
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Gluing chronologically rtf files via bash script

I like learning and creating small scripts for bash, and now I have finally the first "serious" problem I would like to solve through a script. Here is the situation: I have a folder containing 45 ...
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Automatically export new emails to folder?

The manual process: New email arrives in inbox X (Apple Mail) Drag-n-drop to Finder folder Y Delete email in inbox X How can this be done automatically using AppleScript/Automator?
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Automator: Is it possible to resize an image to a maximum file size?

I have been looking around for an Automator method, whereby an image file is to be resized (reduced height and width) to a specific file size (in bytes), or a near lower-bound proximity of that file ...
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How to deploy Automator workflow to clients?

For a specific use case, I've developed a Folder Action workflow with Automator. When a file gets created in a folder 'abc', the workflow kicks of and executes a shell script. This workflow needs to ...
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Automator can't find bash command [duplicate]

I'm trying to make an action on Automator that recursively batch processes PNG images using bash shell script with pngquant I have done this on terminal and got no problem, but now I want to make a ...
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Grant “Full Disk Access” to Workflows run via the Services menu

I have an Automator Workflow installed as a service, that I run via Finder → Services → My Automator Workflow. The workflow copies some files to a DOS formatted thumb drive, and them attempts to ...
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Automator app stopped working after updating to macOS Mojave

Today I updated to Mojave because the notifications were killing me. A script I have in automator to launch apache server on startup stopped working after the update. This is all this automator app ...
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QuickTime X Applescript

(Copying this from Stack Overflow, because this might be a better place to ask) Looking for help (really to do) with a script/automator action for opening a files in QT X and using the export 720p ...
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Check automatically if a drive is mounted

I'd like to automate my family backups, specifically I'd like to run a shell script (with rsync) when an external drive is connected. Since it's a family thing, it should be also sort of GUI driven, ...
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automate tasks in safari and finder

I'm trying to automate a right click, open image in new tab, select tab, drag image to a finder window and enter rename more od file. I thought I'd by able to do this by creating a service on ...
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Automator: Save images from a list of URLs in a text file

I have a text file with a list of URLs of images from a website. I would like to download them to a folder named Art on my computer. I have tried Get Contents of TextEdit Document and then Extract ...
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System-wide shortcut to open a new window in Safari?

I'm trying to use Automator to create a system-wide shortcut to open a new Safari window. I'm using the method described in this answer. I can get Safari to open a specific url, for example by ...
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automator ethernet toggle high sierra

I have been trying to create a service for toggling ethernet on off, but can't manage to get it right. It is for os x high sierra. So far I have this, it runs with no error and it does appear on my ...
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Automator SCRIPT NEED: Select part of name file, find file with containing name, then copy this in item in another folder

I have 3 folder: JPG folder: contains my modified JPG files, the name of file is (examples): DSC02996 20181027 201438 (LR).jpg RAW folder: contains my RAW files, the name of file is (examples): ...
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Is there a macOS equivalent of the Windows assoc command?

I am looking to change a file association on the Mac using some sort of script. I know that I can do something like that in Windows using the assoc command. Is there something scriptable on macOS ...
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Paste files to multiple destinations

I get into this situation quite often but haven't found a solution. I have a group of CSS files in the clipboard that I need to paste + replace into several different destination folders. My folder ...