Questions tagged [services]

OS X Services allow sharing data and capabilities across applications. They are invoked by the user either through the active application menu's "Services" submenu or via keyboard shortcuts, typically to act on the data selected in the currently active application.

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How to share the URL of an image in a webpage to an Automator workflow via context menu

I would like to create an automator service that accepts images which allow me to right-click any image in Safari (on my computer) and perform a google reverse image search on it without needing to ...
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MacBook Pro - Mechanical Popping/Clicking Sound

I keep on getting this Popping/Clicking sound randomly throughout regardless of whether the speaker is on or not. The sound seems to be coming from the physical machine, perhaps the screen or the ...
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I'm trying to make a service to archive a folder using tgz. I can't get this to work

I'm trying to learn to build services on my iMac running High Sierra. I open system preferences and then I click on Keyboard. From there I click on the Shortcuts tab. I get the window shown below. ...
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Change order of services during startup or login

I've read of ways to change startup services' order of execution for Ubuntu. I'm hoping it's possible and simple to do it in macOS as well. I was thinking something like this. My objective is to ...
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How to uninstall mySIMBLHelper service installed by SIMBL for MAC

I wanted to install Atop which required SIMBL to be installed. Nothing at the process stated that SIMBL 0.7.5 wasn't compatible with Mojave 10.14. It started to pop confirmation if I want it to ...
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Automator service to transform outlook reply body

I'm trying to create a macOS service (in python, preferably) that would allow me to change the rich-text body of an outlook message I'm editing. If I set the service script to receive rich text, it ...
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Automating opening a PDF from Preview.app in preferred PDF editor

When having a PDF file open in Preview.app, I'd like to click a menu item or keyboard hotkey to open the same file in my preferred PDF editor (f.x. PDF Expert). I suppose it could be done by creating ...
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How to completely clear identyservices

I am trying to completely erase all imessage data and any actions in it from the system. I follow all the recommendations from this question, plus some of my actions. But the problem is that the ...
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AppleScript to massage URLs

I want to have a Services menu item that takes the selected text (a URL) and escapes the percent character and the # character: Replace % with \% Replace # with \string# I copied and edited an ...
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Files and Folders services do not appear

I'm running macOS Catalina 10.15.2. I enabled "Files and Folders" in Services under Shortcuts in the Keyboard tab and I enabled all services under Files and Folders. The services do not appear in ...
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Services menu polluted by apps from another installation

Reinstalled 10.15, signed into icloud, had previous 10.13 on another partition for a while. 10.15 is a clean install. The apps that provide those services haven't even been installed. ~/Library/...
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Are apsd, ntpd, mDNSResponder, trustd, netbiosd necessary for macOS functioning?

I'm seeing 5 processes with network activity ( sending/receiving bytes ). I'm not sure whether these are normal occurrences? List of processes apsd ntpd mDNSResponder trustd netbiosd I researched a ...
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“service” not showing up

I installed the GlobalProtect VPN on MacOS Darwin 18.7 I cannot remove it. It is attempting to start but does not succeed. It appears in the output of ps aux 518 5.6 0.3 6093596 112332 ?? S ...
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Cannot get httpd to listen on port 80

I installed httpd using brew. I edited /usr/local/etc/httpd/httpd.conf and changed: Listen 8080 to: Listen 80 Restarted the service: brew services restart httpd But Apache's still listening on ...
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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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Starting multiple HomeBrew Services

I would like to run two different mongodb databases on my Mac. I installed mongodb with the HomeBrew manager. However I was unable to find a possibility to create new homebrew services. I already ...
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launchd: Confusion on semantics of bootstrap and bootout etc. after reading manual pages

I've read the following manual pages on launchd: launchctl, launchd, and launchd.plist. However, nothing is really said in these manual pages regarding what the launchctl boostrap and launchctl ...
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Why does setting the hard-limit for maxfiles to “unlimited” using `launchctl limit` result in a hard-limit slightly above the soft-limit?

Why does setting the hard-limit for maxfiles to "unlimited" using launchctl limit result in a hard-limit slightly above the soft-limit? By setting the maxfiles limit using launchctl to launchctl ...
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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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How to determine which keyboard shortcut combo is free to assign?

I've already spent much more time in finding a combination that works in every app (universal) than in creating the actual service. The shortcut triggers a service for increasing or decreasing the ...
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How do I change the Services sub component to not use Safari web browser

When I right click and use the "Search Google for" different things happen. For one, if I am in Chrome it opens a new tab in Chrome and searches as I want. However, if I use this menu anywhere else in ...
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How do I prevent nginx from auto-loading using homebrew?

I'm using Mac High Sierra. I install nginx with homebrw a while back, but I can't remember how to permanently stop it from running when my computer boots. I have this file localhost:mydir davea$ ls ...
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How can I delete duplicate entries in keyboard shortcuts services?

I have several duplicate entries in the keyboard shortcuts services. I want to delete the duplicate entries, and right clicked and clicked show in Finder to find the location of these. But it leads ...
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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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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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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 left click), ...
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What are all these tvOS services?

I noticed Apple's tvOS broadcasting no less than 7 mDNS PTR-RRs (via Bonjour, I presume): + Apple TV._airplay._tcp.local + Apple TV._mediaremotetv._tcp.local + Apple TV._companion-link._tcp.local + ...
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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: Service to move files into new subfolders based on file extension *within any selected folder*

I've been searching for quite a while now but can't seem to find relevant instruction for this particular task. I'm brand new at this so apologies if I'm missing something basic. Like many ...
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How to disable or remove the YaraScanService (MRT.app)?

Recently on MacOS 10.13.6 I have noticed high CPU usage and identified the process YaraScanService as consuming close to 90% CPU. The Activity Monitor lists it under: /System/Library/CoreServices/...
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Shove installed a launch daemon or agent popup window, what is it?

Please check the following screenshot: Today, I suddenly have this popup window warning. I have no idea what it is. Basically I have three questions. (1) Is this BlockBlock app warning? I have no ...
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Automator crop image is doubling the inputted dimensions

I'm using the recommendation from this answer to create an Automator service that crops all photos I send to it. It works perfectly except that the crop automatically doubles the dimensions. I've ...
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Why can an app create daemons on the fly without sudo permission and how to stop it?

First, I come from Linux so there are many things which confuse me such as daemons. I installed VOX.app and it has some kind of agents and cloud-related processes which can be started automatically. ...
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Where are services that belong to a certain application stored? E.g., Make New Sticky Note or New BBEdit Document With Selection

Where are services that belong to a certain application stored? E.g., Make New Sticky Note or New BBEdit Document With Selection. They are not in /System/Library/Services nor in ~/Library/Services or ...
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How to replace the currently selected text in Applescript? How does Devontechnologies WordServices' do it?

Devontechnologies offers a collection of services that let's the user perform some common tasks on text (upper case, lower case, ROT13 and so on). They do it without (as far as I can tell at least) ...
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How can I disable Photos Agent on High Sierra (10.13.4)?

Looks like Photos Agent is running in the background. I'd like to dedicate this machine to file services and not run unnecessary processes. How can I disable "Photos Agent" at boot time. I'm hoping to ...
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How to get nfsd to serve NFSv4 on High Sierra?

I'm hoping to serve an NFS mount from my High Sierra (10.13.4) server to a linux client. The linux client can mount using NFSv3 protocol, but I use ACLs on the served files and directories, so I think ...
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Cannot print period ('.') from simple AppleScript to VMware Fusion virtual machine

So I have a simple AppleScript that I think should type a bunch of keys, but the period character doesn't print in VMware Fusion's virtual machines. This is odd because my period key (.) enters a ...
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Service crashes when using AppleScript to click menu bar icon [duplicate]

The following AppleScript code clicks the WiFi icon found in the menu bar (source): tell application "System Events" to tell process "SystemUIServer" to tell (menu bar item 1 of menu bar 1) to click ...
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How to disable core services safely without screwing up the OS?

There are certain core services in macOS which takes up a significant amount of your CPU and RAM. I don't use iCloud so nothing synchronises but, still Safari needs to run Bookmarks Sync Agent for no ...
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Can automation service to get the parent folder path?

I already have a service that will create a network file:/// link to a share point over AFP but I would like to have one that does the parent folder of a file. If I right click a file I would like to ...
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How to disable the “locate” command in Mac OS?

According to this article, I can use this command: sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist To enable "locate" command to find files. However, recently I find this ...
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How to modify text selection in applescript in an automator service

I wrote an Automator Service (intended for use on any selected text in any application) that modifies the length of the selection given a number/length that the user specifies. Here's a snippet of ...
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Workflow works from Automator but generates timed out error when run as service

This Automator workflow works perfectly when run from Automator. However, when launched as a service from a keyboard shortcut, the script generates a timed out error. The keyboard shortcut is valid. ...
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Include backspace key in custom keyboard shortcut

I want to make the keyboard shortcut for a Service I made ⌃⌥⌫ (Ctrl+Opt+Backspace); however, System Preferences doesn't let me do this. Is there a way I can include the key manually?
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Automator Service that opens URL from rich text

I would like to make an Automator Service that will open any link in a different browser (i.e. Firefox) than default (Safari). Precisely: I want to right click on any link in Mac OS and select a ...
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Finder Services - Cannot get specific service to appear/run

I cannot get the default Finder "New Terminal at folder" service to work, no matter what. I've tried every trick I could find online. So I created a new service and it appears in the Services list, ...
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How can I make an Automator service run a Terminal and display the output?

I'm using Automator to run a shell script (Rar selected files) as a 'Service', so that I can just right click a folder and select the service. It works fine, but i've added verbose and testing (to see ...
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AppleScript: How to search files in folder for string and show results in Finder?

I am trying to create an Automator-based Service that searches my computer for the selected text. (When I say "my computer," I specifically mean Macintosh HD, not This Mac, because This Mac includes ...
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How can I restart the smart card service since OSX Yosmite without rebooting?

In OSX Yosmite, the pcsc service was replaced with Apple's own "Crypto Token Kit" for handling smart cards. We used to be able to restart pcscd like in this answer, but I have not been able to find a ...

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