AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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PHP - Exec on user's GUI session

I am trying to get a PHP script to execute an Applescript which opens an application.* PHP is running under the _www user. And while it can execute Applescripts with the osascript command, it can't ...
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How to create a schedule for SelfControl app

I want to block my blacklist Mon-Fri 6am-12pm and 1pm-5pm (closely related to this post), but I don't know enough about Applescript to know how to set up a schedule. Any ideas for how to achieve ...
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How to move the first tab of Terminal to the end using AppleScript?

Given a Terminal window with multiple tabs, how can I move the first tab to the end? I have tried with this: tell application "Terminal" tell front window set current tab to first tab move ...
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Saving result of applescript execution to text file

In my script, I get the UI element properties of an application and it is saved in the form of a list in a variable. I want to save this variable into a text file. How do I do this?
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OSX AppleScript fails to run as service

I would like to run a simple shell command via hotkeys. So far I've created a service via Automator wich runs the following AppleScript command: do shell script "/bin/bash -c ...
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Closing SugarSync Mac app window with AppleScript

I am trying to set up an AppleScript that will open some apps (including SugarSync) after startup so I don't need to have them as login items. It works, except that with SugarSync it also opens the ...
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How can I run an applescript from my Mac with a shortcut (without using 3rd party apps)?

Hi I have an applescript that sends Outlook emails to Omnifocus - and it works when I run it manually, by clicking on and running the script. Is there any way to do this with a shortcut without ...
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(osX) Applescript to run compile shortcut in TexShop not working while in Sublime Editor

I'm trying to write an script so that when I'm in Sublime I can use a keyboard shortcut to get it to: save in sublime compile in TeXShop (I'm using it with the external editor setting) then switch ...
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Target Display Mode not working when no keyboard present

When I try to use some kind of command + f2 command either via applescript or screen share, it never works when the keyboard is no longer present. Example, I have an iMac and a laptop where the ...
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Insert AppleScript variables without comma seperating them from text

I need to run a shell script in an applescript like this set key_status to (do shell script "defaults read " & path_to_plist & " PlistKey") But unix gives an error because this script seems ...
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Find path of button in browser for Applescript

I'm trying to click on a button in Safari with Applescript. I know the code must be something like: tell application "System Events" tell process "Safari" click button " ENTER " of ...
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AppleScript hangs when mounting notremovable encrypted image

I want to mount a dmg as nonremovable image using AppleScript as described here. The difference is that my dmg is encrypted. When I execute do shell script "hdiutil attach /path/to/my.dmg ...
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Delete Directories that Contain Specified File in Mac OS X

How do I delete a folder that contains a file or folder with a specific name? E.g. I want to delete all folders that contain the file "things.txt": /dirA/ /dirB/things.txt /dirC/ /dirD/things.txt ...
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Why Does Clicking on Applescript Notifications Open the AppleScript Editor?

I'm experimenting with AppleScript and with Python. But the big issue i'm having now is not about Python specifically. The end goal is to be able to write Python scripts that use AppleScript features. ...
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save multiple tabs to chrome Pocket extenson

I use the Pocket extension to read pages offine on an Ipad, but it's tedious to click the icon for every page. Most of the time I open multiple tabs on one subject. Does anyone have a piece of ...
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Applescript to run when connection to specific network on OSx

I have an apple script that I can manually run that will connect to a couple network drives. I would like it to have that script run when my mac connects to a specific wireless network connection ...
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In an AppleScript, how do I call/reuse a subroutine from another AppleScript?

snippet 1a on removeText(searchText, sourceText) set prevTIDs to text item delimiters of AppleScript set text item delimiters of AppleScript to searchText set sourceText to text items of sourceText ...
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Batch APPEND (RENAME) a specific keyword to set of files

I have few files namely - "a", "b", "c",etc.. I want to add the keyword: ".mov" to all files in that folder. Please suggest me an approach which script will be best suited for this - AppleScript, ...
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Batch TRIM (RENAME) a specific keyword from set of files

I have few files namely - "a.mov-, attachment", "b.mov-, attachment", "c.mov-, attachment",etc.. I want to trim the keyword: "-, attachment" from all files in that folder. Please suggest me an ...
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How can I bind scrollwheel to a key in Mac OS X?

I am new to using a Mac, and I have used AutoHotKey applications that rebind the mouse scroll wheel (for example, E = scroll up by 1 mouse wheel "tick" of sorts) to a specific window title, eg. "Game ...
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How can I concatenate multiple clipboard selections in Quicksilver?

I've been using Quicksilver's clipboard module for years but I've always wanted to do this: copy several bits of text. Then paste them as a concat'd list. I found this Stackoverflow post trying to do ...
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Mail.app rules not triggering

I have a mail.app rule set up to run an applescript when incoming emails come in with a certain subject, but it does not trigger. I see the emails in my inbox, and the rule is activated, but it does ...
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Change screenshot default name

How can I change the default screenshot name, to whatever I have written on Preview search tool at the time of the screenshot. As a function on terminal or as a script. Using OS X Mavericks. Thanks in ...
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Make alias in a folder to be chosen

I want to make an alias of selected files or folder in other folders, which I want to be able to choose each time from a pop-up window. This was something that was available on previous OSX versions ...
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Request help/advice with my automator/applescript service

I created an automator service that runs a very simple applescript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" set theFile to selection set theFolder to choose folder move ...
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How can I incorporate an applescript function into Xcode?

So I have a Cocoa-Applescript project, and I am creating an application: I have this script in applescript, it's in automator. set input01 to (input as text) The rest is kinda secret, but I'll ...
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How can I use AppleScript to open a new Safari window on the current desktop space?

I need to open a new Safari window in the current desktop space using AppleScript. NOT move to another space which has Safari running and then open another Safari window. Of course, if Safari is not ...
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AppleScript shows “Document could not be opened. You don’t have permission.” but file can be opened?

I am getting a "The document [filename] could not be opened. You don't have permission" when attempting to access several files in an AppleScript. However, I can open these files manually without ...
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How can I script my MacBook to open Day One every morning when I open my computer?

I have this idea in my mind that every morning, when I first open my computer, all programs are closed except Day One, so that I can start journaling first thing every day without any distractions. I ...
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Emailing folder's content through AppleScript

I'm trying to write an AppleScript that e-mails all files of the specified folder. It works as expected when there is only one file but doesn't when there are more than one. It just gives me this ...
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condition in applescript if directory is empty do this, else do that

So far I've got this: property watch_folder : alias "Macintosh HD:Users:davidcuster:iFlicks:Watch Folder:" tell application "Finder" count files of entire contents of watch_folder if the ...
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OSX: check for subfolders, flatten directory structure into new folder, then move to desktop

I am in the process of cleaning a huge library of mangas (mostly -but not only- image files). Each manga has a main folder containing subfolders, one for each volume. But sometimes, volume folders ...
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OSX : Find all zip and rar in a selected folder then unzip and unrar

I am in the process of cleaning a huge library of mangas (mostly -but not only- image files ). Each manga has a main folder containing the different volumes, sometimes in .zip, sometimes in .rar. ...
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File sync solution with pattern matching

I have a directory I want to sync over the cloud using a service like Dropbox. But, within that folder, I only want to sync directories that match a particular pattern. For instance, sync all folders ...
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Applescript + pdfpen for ocr on multiple files: how to move on when pdfpen freezes

I'm using the following AppleScript to batch-process pdfs for ocr: tell application "Finder" set target_folder to target of front Finder window repeat with i from 1 to count (every folder of ...
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Condition in AppleScript if directory doesn't contain extension recursively then quit app

This seems to work. The only problem is it is not recursive. property Location : alias "Macintosh HD:Location" tell application "System Events" to files of Location whose name extension = "ext" if ...
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Get path to applescript stored on iCloud

I wrote a shell script which calls an applescript to do some work. The applescript is in iCloud, so I'm manually writing the path to the document storage location... osascript ~/Library/Mobile\\ ...
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How to allow an application in Mountain Lion in the “Security and Privacy” settings?

Every time I was trying to use an Alfred workflow written in Applescript, I got the error "No user interaction allowed". In Mavericks there is an "Accessibility" option in the "Security and Privacy" ...
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Applescript to close box by hitting ok automatically

I need to create a script that automatically closes a popup box that opens approximately every 55 - 65 seconds. Once the box opens, you merely hit OK (within the box) and it closes. I created an ...
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Apple Script - Reopen Closed Finder Windows

I have the following Applescript which toggles the show/hide hidden files and I would like to reopen the user's Finder windows which will be closed as the Finder gets relaunched. tell application ...
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Get the media buttons on my bluetooth headset working with Spotify on OS X

I just bought a Parrot Zik, which is a pair of bluetooth headphones with volume control, play/pause and next-prev buttons. (Or gestures, as they come with the Zik). The phones work beautifully with ...
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Is it possible to grab and store the returned window id of a terminal opened through applescript or bash?

I have been working on this "dashboard" to help control my localhost server environment. It has been scripted in bin/bash for reference. I recently discovered I can use the bin command "osascript" to ...
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Sorting Files into Subfolders based on EXIF Date

I have a huge directory from a HDD recovery that contains 70000+ JPEG files. I tried playing around with some AppleScripts, that I found, but had no luck. I already installed EXIFtool, which might be ...
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Get path of parent folder of script location : Applescript

Background: I'm trying to write a simple applescript app that will launch a tcl app, but I'm getting stuck on the first part of the script. I need to get the parent folder of the path to the ...
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How do you duplicate current open Finder view in new tab (Mavericks)?

In a thread on this forum there is an interesting solution on how to open a duplicate of an already open Finder window with the help of an AppleScript: How do you duplicate current open Finder view? ...
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How to update Mac OS X Mavericks desktop background from a script

How can I update Mac OS X Mavericks desktop background from a script? Update Mac OS X desktop background from a script worked up to OS X 10.8, but doesn't work anymore. The desktop defaults to the ...
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Disabling VLC's crash message

I have a Mac Mini running videos on loop to display publicly, which occasionally crashes I think generally when other OSX functions kicking in. I have a script to detect when VLC is not running and ...
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How to exec command in iTerm 2 from applescript?

Trying to execute a command from applescript. tell application "iTerm 2" make new terminal tell the current terminal activate current session launch session "Default Session" ...
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Folder Actions .scpt Not Functioning

I'm trying to use this script with Folder Actions. I've tested for functionality within folder actions by enabling a default script, it works. But this script does not seem to function? on adding ...
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Change date scheme of file name with script

I have about 8 years of video files on a server for my work. We want to change the files' date schemes from MMDDYY to YYMMDD for organizational purposes. The filename structure is MMDDYY_Filename.xxx. ...