Execute applescript without open the editor

by OscarRyz   Last Updated December 07, 2017 10:01 AM

Every time I want to run an applescript the editor pops up.

Is there a way to run it directly?

Answers 4

How the script is saved has a big effect on how it will operate in Mac OS X. It sounds like your script is just saved as a script and that is what is causing the script editor to open every time you open the script.

To solve the problem, open the script in the AppleScript editor and save it as an application. That should to the trick.

The steps are (in the editor)

File > Save As > then set File Format to application then save.

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Bruce McLeod
Bruce McLeod
July 29, 2009 00:27 AM

When saving the script, you can choose "Application" from the File Format dropdown; then you will be able to run it, and you will still be able to drag it to Script Editor to open the script; or you can choose Run Only so it won't save the editable version.

Alternatively, you can use the osascript command in Terminal, either as osascript /path/to/script or osascript -e "a short script here".

July 29, 2009 00:30 AM

You can also place the script in your ~/Library/Scripts/Finder/ folder and run it directly from the Script menu.

July 29, 2009 02:49 AM

Another way is to create a Service in Automator which use osascript command to run a .scpt in Finder.

(I am not using Automator in English so the wording may not be accurate)

  1. Launch Automator
  2. File > New, and select Service
  3. In "Service Accepts:" select "File or Folder"
  4. In "Location:" select "Finder.app"
  5. Search "Run AppleScript" and drag the item to the right hand side
  6. In the Run AppleScript box, enter the following code:

    on run {input, parameters}
        tell application "Finder"
            --get the selected file
            set selectedItem to (item 1 of (get selection))
            --get location info (folder:file format)
            set fileLocation to (selectedItem as alias) as string
            --replace : with / with subroutine
            set the semifinal to my replace_chars(fileLocation, ":", "/")
            --remove Macintosh HD with subroutine
            set the theFinal to my replace_chars(semifinal, "Macintosh HD", "")
        end tell
        do shell script "osascript " & "\"" & theFinal & "\""
        return input
    end run
    on replace_chars(this_text, search_string, replacement_string)
        set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the search_string
        set the item_list to every text item of this_text
        set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the replacement_string
        set this_text to the item_list as string
        set AppleScript's text item delimiters to ""
        return this_text
    end replace_chars
  7. File > Save, and give it a name like "Run AppleScript"

  8. Now you can right-click a .scpt file in Finder and select "Run AppleScript" and see your script executed.

Reference: Source of subroutine - AppleScript: Essential Sub-Routines

Jack Wu
Jack Wu
December 07, 2017 09:41 AM

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