Questions tagged [automator]

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

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Applescript to set environment variable before opening terminal

I have the following Applescript in a workflow assigned to a service hotkey that opens a terminal in a given Finder window: tell application "Finder" set myWin to window 1 set thePath to (...
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How to create a pasting macro

I'm a big fan of the ANSI keyboard layout, but since I'm located in Denmark, the layout is missing the three letters 'Æ', 'Ø' and 'Å'. I want to create three keyboard shortcuts that triggers a paste ...
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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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Have Automator parse down folders and list all filenames without their extension

Automator newbee question here. I've searched around and just can't find what I need (nor fully grasp how things work :-( ). I would like to have Automator parse thru a given folder, which is ...
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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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How can I automatically eject volumes I no longer use?

I have a volume (saved as an encrypted sparsebundle) that I use from time to time. For security reasons it should be ejected when not in use. Of course I should do it myself, and usually I remember. ...
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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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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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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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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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Schedule open automator application every days works only one time

I'm using macOS Sierra and I have a strange problem: I'm trying to schedule Automator & a Calendar event to open up a file every day when a recurring calendar event occurs. But the Automator ...
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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 can I make an Automator service run a shell script and display the output?

I'm using Automator to run a shell script (ffmpeg transcode to h264) as a 'Service', so that I can just right click the high res .mov file and select the service. It works fine, but as it's ffmpeg it ...
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How can I directly access apps with single hot-keys?

How can I directly access apps with single hot-keys? Possible solutions which I don't get to work: (1) Having often used applications constantly kept in the dock, it would be useful to have hotkeys ...
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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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Can I assign my named faces in Photos app to Contacts?

I want use the faces which I determined in Photos app and named them. I have contacts with the same names. I want to link these and I would it done automatically. Is there any way to do this? EDIT : ...
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Create a new (.txt) File in Finder - Keyboard Shortcut

I wanted to know if there is way to set keyboard shortcuts to make new files in Finder. For example, by default, you can create a new folder using CMD+Shift+N. Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a ...
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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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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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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 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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Automator: “Ask for Text” pass to “Rename Finder Items” possible?

Lets say there is monthly recurring documents that I scan, rename, relocate and tag. I would like to use automator to make this easier. The idea is the following: Create a folder action that is ...
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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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iCloud for Automator and services

Since Mavericks, Automator is now able to store services (.workflow) in iCloud. The problem is that services are not available in the Services menu or contextual menu (right-click) when I store them ...
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Batch copy time creation and modification date from files using OSX

First of all, I have asked the same question at stack overflow, but I am not sure if it's right over there. That's why I decided to post it here, too. t'm having a hard time trying to copy the ...
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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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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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Can I use Automator or some other method to extract EXIF GPS data from batches of photos on my Mac?

I need a way of extracting EXIF GPS data, using my Mac, from a bunch of photos taken on an iPhone. So for example, if I put 1000 photos into a folder, I want an easy way of extracting all the GPS ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...