Questions tagged [automator]

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

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Running FFmpeg in Automator/AppleScript

I have written an apple script previously to automate a task I do in my work many times. With Apple updating to Catalina I will lose the use of Quicktime 7 (which is part of my Image sequencing ...
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Applescript service which utilises “on idle”?

I have been trying to run a script on a recurring basis via an apple service. Most answers I have seen have been are for 'stay-open' apps - whilst this possibly works as a solution and I have glanced ...
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Command Line for Final Cut Pro Import?

Is there a command that I can use for importation of files into Final Cut Pro? I tried this next command but Command-O is not the way to import files. open -g -a "/Applications/Final Cut Pro.app" /...
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Why are OSX apps Apple provides “essential” to the operating system and when will we be able to get rid of them? [duplicate]

I hate clutter. And I hate that my laptop (running latest OSX Mojave) is still cluttered with Automater, Chess, FaceTime, Font Book, Home, Mission Control, News, Notes, Photo Booth, Reminders, ...
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Does automator work when screensaver is active

I have set a function in automator that opens a website everyday in specific time (after midnight basically). So I decided to leave mac turned on to let automator work. Instead I trigger screensaver ...
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AppleScript to connect Magic Mouse on iMac

I'd like to write an AppleScript that will connect my Magic Mouse 2. Basically, in words, I'd like a script that will show up in "Services" that opens system preferences, goes to Bluetooth, finds the ...
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Help with AppleScript to automate Numbers Cell Formatting

I do several mundane repetitive tasks using Numbers App on a Mac, and wish I could just automate the same with the help of AppleScript. I got Numbers Spreadsheet with several tables, on the selected ...
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Automate URL Redirection in Mac OS Automator

I would like some assistance to write an AppleScript to automatically redirect amazon.com to smile.amazon.com. I tend to always forget to use smile. With this automator I will never forget to. ...
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How to localize iMovie projects

I'm working on App Previews for my iOS application in iMovie. It contains video footage from device with Disclaimer titles below. I'm looking for a way to localize disclaimer titles. I have 3 videos ...
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How I can run(call) a Automator Workflow in VBA excel for Mac

I have a excel file and like run a VBA Macro that call a automator.workflow. How I can do that ?
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How to set up a VPN connection via terminal?

I found How to create a VPN connection via terminal? but this isn't really what I'm looking for. I regularly have to set up new computers for new users that need to connect to our VPN and I'm trying ...
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Help to replace a blank space with a backslash and blankspace in a variable in Run Shell Command with Automator

Im creating an automator service that transcodes all the files within a folder to a compressor preset by running the following shell script: VAR="/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/MacOS/...
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Stateful Scripts in Automator?

Is there a way to run stateful bash scripts in automator? I'm trying to run something depending if a file does or does not exist. With bash script alone in terminal the code below works and will ...
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Automator application to open link? [duplicate]

I use a browser launched from the command line (Qutebrowser) and I'd like to make an automator application that takes a URL as input and launches it via a shell script, qutebrowser "$@" &> /dev/...
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How to quit multiple application on mac using an automator app?

I made an application on Automator (app x) that launches few applications (app a,b,c). I was wondering instead of creating another application to quit the apps(app a,b,c), is there a way I can get ...
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how do I copy a table in Numbers 6.0 without losing the formulas?

Im using the newest version of numbers 6.0 and I'm looking for help on duplicating spreadsheets...I'm working on a custom monthly P&L and want to make a new one each month but do not want to lose ...
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Where is the “Open URL” Service?

I created a service using Automator called "Open URL in Public Window". Its purpose is to never open a selected link in a private window (which will happen if the current front-most Safari window [...
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Local-only Automator service (not on iCloud)

I do not want to have the services on iCloud, but instead just local to Mac. Here's what the Automator dialog displays. How can it be done?
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Automator: how to clear 'got' items?

I've created an Automator workflow which (should) create a copy of a particular file in the currently selected folder. (i.e. select a folder, run the Quick Action, get a copy of the file in the folder....
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How do I get Automator to move a folder to Appname.app/Contents/etc

I'm trying to create an Automator Quick Action to move a selected folder into the Resources folder of an app, accessed by clicking Show package contents in the Applications folder. There doesn't seem ...
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Automator and/or AppleScript to automatically Command-F2 to enter Target Display Mode

I'm trying to use Automator with AppleScript to automatically hit Command + F2 to enter Target Display Mode. The script runs but I just get a beep/tone with no action. I don't know if there's an error ...
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How to script file for a Mac with several Terminal commands

I have few Terminal commands which i'm using so frequently,So i though to automate it to reduce the effort of copy-pasting the commands one by one in terminal and time. I created a .command file for ...
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How to make Mojave's quick actions for movies show up in finder?

I've two quick actions for movie files in Automator, one of them was a service before the upgrade, the other one is new. Neither of them shows up as quick actions in Finder, and only the older one ...
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error with automator applescript “do shell script” call (file not found) yet command line with same command works

I have a simple automator app that runs a simple script. It uses ssh to open a file on the local machine, MachineA, with an app on the remote machine, MachineB, and logs the ssh call. on run {input, ...
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How the automate the wifi login of a captive window?

I want to automate filling out a wifi captive portal page on macos because I am not asked to save the password. But only the username gets recorded not the password. The click on the password field ...
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How to start an application when iPad is connected?

I would like to start an application (Duet.app) installed on my macOS 10.14.5 whenever I plug my iPad to the USB port. I tried to do it with Automator, but I have no experience.
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How can I find out which Automator folder actions are attached to a folder?

I spent some time experimenting with building a Folder Action for my Desktop folder. However, it seems like it's running twice. I might have created the Folder Action more than once. How can I find ...
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Finding and Renaming Mislabeled Duplicates

I inadvertently formatted a Time Machine backup external hard drive. I was able to recover many of the files, but not the names of those files. All of the recovered files have generic names like "...
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Adding column to multiple identically formatted tables in Numbers

I have a document in Number that contains many tables with the same format/columns but different content. I'd like to modify the format for all, adding a new, empty column in the same place with the ...
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Rename file names in directory to creation timestamp with second precision

Is there an easy way to do this for files in a particular directory - to have their names be renamed to the file timestamp, with seconds level precision Clarification: For example, suppose a (Mac ...
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Automate moving and renaming files

I have files nested within multiple sub-folders. I want to move these files, one folder up the folder structure and rename the files as per its new parent folder. I will need this to be automated with ...
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Using automator with python script that requires user input during Spotify API authentication process

I have a script that gets name, artist, and spotify ID of the currently playing song, and add the track to a pre-defined spotify playlist. To make the process of running the script a bit easier, I ...
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Invite to share screen (iMessage) - Automation - How?

How can i automate an "Invite to share screen" from iMessages. I share screens a lot with my colleagues and it would just make sense to have an option to quick ask someone to view my screen. Yet now,...
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Keyboard shortcut (almost) never works for Automator service

I have bash script that creates a screenshot in a given directory saved as an Automator service. I've then assigned ⇪⌘2 from System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services. The problem is that ...
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Could not create graphics context error in automator

I want to make rotation in many images but I have the error Could not create graphics context. (I have same error with jpg) What's the reason for this?
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Use automator to download csv-reports form a password protected website

Square Dashboard is a website for Square POS, on that website you can download sales report of the day. You need to sign in, go the a specific category, select one of the locations for the sales ...
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Retrieve folder's name for Automator's shell script action

For the sake of concatenating video files, I've assembled bits of code found online into a ffmpeg bash script on Automator. It works. However, I'd like for the output file to be named after the folder ...
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Using Automator services (Quick action) with Office 365

I've tried and searched a lot of time now but I can't get my services running under Office 365 (e.g. Word) If I right click and look under "Services" (I hope it's called that I have a german version) ...
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Removing all characters except digits from clipboard

I'm trying to refine a script I use within an Automator program and I would appreciate your help on this. The program is designed to mark a telephone number into clipboard make a tel:link and send it ...
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Rename JPG's Based on Portion of Parent and Subfolder and Number them Beginning with 100

I see similar questions have even addressed, but I don't see anything this specific. Is it possible to make a folder action that runs automatically and only on certain types of files (jpg)? And... ...
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How do I disable Mojave's Finder quick actions for images?

I have a few folders with a large number of images that I typically sort by modification date. Sometimes I'll accidentally trigger one of Mojave's new Quick Actions, such as rotating the image. This ...
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Automator services replace selected text's spaces with underscore [closed]

Looking to create a simple automator service that I can use when selecting text. If the text has spaces, it will replace it with underscores. Thanks in advance.
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How can I automate mouse clicks and keyboard input with Automator in Mac Mojave?

If I position my mouse cursor at a certain point on the screen, is it possible to use the Automator or AppleScript to "click" the mouse, enter a keyboard shortcut (say, command-5), press the return ...
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Keyboard shortcut in finder to launch >share via>airdrop

I'm for a way to share a group of selected files I have selected in the finder window, via airdrop, with a simple keyboard shortcut. since you can use cmd+c to copy, I thought there had to be a way I ...
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Is there a way to launch application in certain screen region with Automator in Mac Mojave?

I can launch certain applications or open certain files through the Automator, but is it possible to specify the layout they will have on-screen ahead of time?
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Is there a way to signify a wildcard placeholder when recording a workflow with Automator?

I have a task that is very repetitive, with only a few minor caveats. Usually, the caveat is as simple as a name change, but the task jumps between Finder, Xcode, and uploading files via a storage ...
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Applescript - opening file inside app bundle

I have used Automator to create an app bundle that activates an app ("Fuse") within the Resources directory of the bundle, which then opens the file "Exolon.tzx" (also located in Resources). However, ...
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Automator: Picking items from a list using characters in name and performing a “find” showing only the results

I regularly make folders filled with lots of items that contain multiple versions of specific files. We often need to view them in very specific ways by version number. i.e.: file_v01.jpg file_v02....
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How can I make Automator run service I made (shell script) and display the output in Terminal?

Hi I'm new to Macs and OSX, I'm using p7zip cli app to compress folders with big files inside (1; 2 GB or more). So I managed to make a Bash script to do it in batch process when I go to bed and I'm ...
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Automate arranging files into folders based on beginning of file name?

Looking to quickly arrange a whole load (talking about multiple thousands) of files into subfolders, and the files come in sets of three (left audio, right audio, video) separate files. Not ...