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Automator is a visual scripting technology developed by Apple for automating application workflows in macOS. It was first implemented in Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger", released on April 29, 2005.[1] With the release of macOS Monterey in 2021, Automator is being superseded by Shortcuts, which can import Automator workflows.[2]

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Automator Screenshot

Automator's user interface

Automator allows point-and-click ease for automating repetitive tasks. Automator enables the repetition of tasks across a wide variety of programs, including the Finder, the Safari web browser, iCal, Address Book and others. It can also work with third-party applications such as Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop.

Although Automator uses AppleScript and/or Cocoa, it requires no expertise in these languages whatsoever.


Automator comes with a library of many Actions (file renaming, finding linked images, creating a new mail message, etc.), all of which act as individual steps in a Workflow document. A Workflow document then can be used to carry out repetitive tasks. A user can also save these Workflows so that it can be used over and over again, whenever it is needed. UNIX command line scripts can also be invoked as Actions.


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