I use Mutt. I want a dock icon to launch it. Is such a thing possible?

I'm looking for a way to add a second Terminal icon to the Dock which lets me launch a specific command, "mutt" in this instance.

I want to group this icon with the other app icons, ie I'd rather not drop a .command file into the right-hand "documents" section of the dock.


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Open /Applications/Utilities/AppleScript Editor and enter the following:

tell application "Terminal" to do script "mutt"

Save as application anywhere you want, then drag from there to the Dock.

You might need to specify mutt's absolute path. You get that from Terminal by entering

which mutt

Use Applescript (or Automator). Fire up Script Editor:

do shell script "mutt"

Save it as an Application, and drop it on your dock as needed. You can set the icon to whatever via the usual way (info pane, paste (cmd-v) in an image after selecting the current icon).

  • You don't have a terminal (tty) doing it like this. Mutt assumes non-interactive session and complains that No recipients were specified.
    – Daniel Beck
    Mar 22, 2011 at 6:50
  • Ah, fair enough. Seems in my fatigue I didn't bother to try it and see what Mutt did. Good counter-answer
    – peelman
    Mar 22, 2011 at 13:07

You could write an AppleScript:

do shell script "mutt"

Save as an Application and drop it on your Dock. You can also change the icon, just copy an image, select your app, go to the info pane (command-i), click on the little icon at the top, and paste your image (command-v).

  • whoops - @peelman beat me to it... Didn't notice...
    – Simon M
    Mar 22, 2011 at 1:07

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