AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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How to open a new Firefox window with URL argument

I am trying to upgrade the existing answer How to open a new Firefox window with Terminal to accept a URL as an argument and open a NEW Firefox window. I can use open -a Firefox 'http://localhost:...
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Get path of sub-folder's Parent : Applescript

I want to get the path of a subfolder's parent folder when I drop a folder on a application coded in Applescript So if I drop a folder called 'Test1' which is on the Desktop I want the script to ...
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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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How to pass AppleScripts display dialog to Growl or growlnotify?

I have this simple AppleScript which takes the text in the clipboard and outputs the amount of words and characters used. What I'm trying to do is passing "display dialog" to Growl or growlnotify. I ...
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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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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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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 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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Applescript to lock the screen

I need a little Applescript to lock the screen, the same behaviour I get when I click the Keychain icon in the menu bar and choose "Lock screen". I found a way to activate the screensaver, but it's ...
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Logout user script

I am trying to create a script in ARD that will let me logout a user. Now I have a script which does start the logout, but I want it to execute instead of waiting 60 seconds. The script currently is:...
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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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Pass arguments to osascript via shell function in OS X Mountain Lion

The answer in How to open a new Firefox window with URL argument is broken in Mac OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.2). I can't comment on that answer or question, so I had to create a new question. It fails ...
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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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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 applescript the 'grab' application

I am trying to write an apple script to use the "Grab" application in the Utilities folder to capture and print an application's window. I can get to the part where I tell Grab to start window ...
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LaunchAgent plist to keep an app running and hiden

I'm using the following script <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist ...
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Process clipboard content on Mac OS?

I want to see if there is a tool or script available that I can use to modify clipboard content on the fly. Often when I'm writing code, I'd like to take a string of text and make it a slug. Instead ...
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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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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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How to open a new tab in Chrome using AppleScript, only if it doesn't already exist?

I'm trying to write a little AppleScript to make a new tab in Chrome only if it doesn't already exist. I tried the following: if title of tab is not "Gmail" then open location "https://mail....
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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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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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Apple Mail: Flag message from keyboard

One of the flags in Apple Mail can be applied to a message using Command-Shift-L. Is there a way to apply any other flag? I renamed one of the colors to TODO, and I set up a keyboard shortcut for ...
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How can I type text from a file on Mac OS X?

I have text in ~/myfile.txt and I'd like to be able to "type" it into the current application, which will probably be TextMate or Terminal I'd like to see if I can have this happen without using the ...
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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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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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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 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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Reveal in PathFinder/Finder

We are using AppleScript to reveal files from our application in the Finder. If a user has alternatives, e.g., PathFinder, installed as a replacement for Finder, how we can find our what application ...
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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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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. ...
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How do I automate clicking a button in an application's window with AppleScript?

Let's say I want to click a button that appears somewhere within a window, using AppleScript. click button works, but you have to know which button exactly you want to press. For example: Scanning ...
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How can I open a folder in the current finder window?

I know tell application "Finder" to open POSIX file "/folder/path/" will open a new finder window, how can I open a folder in the current finder window?
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Register a file specified by open

So I have this small bundle with applescript made, and it even seems to work as it should. However, it appearently doesnt open my files when it is asked to via the open utility. It works though when I ...
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Why does “Terminal” get replaced with “Applet” in AppleScript?

I have a simple AppleScript (packed as an app) that tells the Terminal to execute a couple of lines of code. Every so often -- about once every 7 to 10 days -- after a cold restart, the code has been "...
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Use Automator for handling multiple file inputs through shell command in OS X

I tried to make an Automator drag and drop application but I'm totally lost. The script should use cat to join multiple audio files together. Steps: Read the selected finder files (which I drop ...
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Change the OSX system language in a script

Manually I just go into the system preferences, change the language ordering, and restart my app so it starts up in the default system language. Then I can run automated tests with the app running in ...