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Questions tagged [automator]

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

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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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How to fix Automator passed arguments returning empty files?

I'm attempting to create a workflow in Automator that uses jpegtran to convert several hundred album art jpg files from progressive to baseline. I can manually run the script in terminal like so: ...
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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 ...
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AppleScript basic date/time format and filename

I'm trying to wrap my head around AppleScript. I have a simple project to capture screenshots every several seconds and save them to a folder. I found this helpful script on GitHub: https://gist....
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Can’t get “play/pause” of window 1. Access not allowed. - trying to unpause movie through Applescript

I'm trying to pause/unpause QuickTime Player with a little dictation command: on run activate application "QuickTime Player" tell application "System Events" click "play/pause" of ...
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Is there any way to change the mac dock's position with a keyboard shortcut?

I don't think there are default shortcuts for that. But I assume you could make one using AppleScript or other automation programs. I found this post from 2012 asking the same question. I tried ...
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Run Automator service when program cannot access accessibility services

I've read this: How do I assign a keyboard shortcut to an AppleScript I wrote? The app I am trying to add the service to under Accessibility does not allow me to see the service. It's a game running ...
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Automator to remove all text before hyphen ( - )?

I'm trying to create an Apple Automator application that will rename a group of files by removing all text before and including a hyphen ( - ) that will post an error if trying to rename a file with ...
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Cannot pass contents of Chrome address bar to Automator workflow

For some time now, I have been using a keyboard shortcut to grab the selected text inside the address bar in Google Chrome and pass it to a Service (now called a Quick Action): Sometime last week, I ...
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Group Mailer and Attachments

I have created a workflow to create an email message, then add an attachment and then send to all members of a group. Every thing works fine. The front meassage is created with an attachment ready to ...
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Automator - Launch terminal at certain folder

Is there a way in Automator to open the terminal application at a certain folder location with 2 tabs at that location? So for example open terminal with 2 tabs that have already changed directory ...
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How to let user specify name of new screenshot using Automator

I'm trying to understand how to use 'Folder Actions' and/or Automator so that when I take a screenshot, it allows me to type in a name for the file as it stores it in the screenshot folder (which I've ...
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On Mac, is it possible to generate a folder structure in Finder's contextual menu?

For every new project I start, I create a standard folder structure that looks like this: (NUMBER) Client Name: - Subfolder 1 - Subfolder 2 - Subfolder 3 - Subfolder 4 Or like so: Currently, I copy-...
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Applescript - Automator - tomorrow keyboard shortcut

I've been able to successfully create a keyboard shortcut from a "quick action" in Automator based on running AppleScript (inserts current system date). However, I cannot get a similar script to work ...
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Move iPad Screenshots to an album

I have an iPad Pro, and I'm wondering if there is a way to auto save a screenshot from my iPad to an album name e.g.: iPad Pro Is there an automated way in iOS that I can do that for only my iPad? ...
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Action for images in Safari

I want to add a service to Safari with Automator, which performs a series of actions (e.g. cropping) on a single image from the web. The first step should be to right click an image in Safari, ...
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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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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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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 ...