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  • AutoIt icon

    AutoIt

    AutoIt is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks...

    Free Windows

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    Sikuli

    Sikuli is a visual technology to search and automate graphical user interfaces (GUI) using images (screenshots). The first release of Sikuli contains Sikuli Script, a visual scripting API for Jython, and Sikuli IDE, an integrated...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • FastKeys icon

    FastKeys

    Text expander, start menu, shortcuts, auto complete, mouse gestures, macro recorder, clipboard manager and more.

    Commercial Windows

  • TinyTask icon

    TinyTask

    TinyTask provides quick and easy automation by recording-playback. It is a case study in minimalist programming: the entire program is only 32k -- and over 14k are graphics, which means the executable portion is very small and...

    Free Windows

  • AutoKey icon

    AutoKey

    AutoKey is a desktop automation utility for Linux and X11. It allows you to manage collection of scripts and phrases, and assign abbreviations and hotkeys to these. This allows you to execute a script or insert text on demand in any...

    Open Source Linux X11

    • Discontinued The program is no longer developed. As announced by the developer, last version, 0.90.4, released in May 2012, is feature complete and can be still downloaded from Google Code Archive.
    • It does almost the same actions as AutoHotkey. dayfuaimJan 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Karabiner

    Karabiner, previously called KeyRemap4MacBook, is a very powerful keyboard remapper for Mac OS X. In addition to simple key remapping, it has special remapping modes like Emacs-mode, SandS-mode (Space and Shift). You can add new key...

    Open Source Mac

  • Pulover’s Macro Creator icon

    Pulover’s Macro Creator

    Pulover’s Macro Creator is a Free Automation Tool and Script Generator. It is based on AutoHotkey language and provides users with multiple automation functions, as well as a built-in recorder.

    Open Source Windows

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    Automator

    With Automator, you can accomplish time-consuming, repetitive manual tasks quickly, efficiently, and effortlessly. Automator lets you skip the complex programming and scripting that is normally required to create automations. Instead...

    Commercial Mac

  • Jitbit Macro Recorder icon

    Jitbit Macro Recorder

    Macro Recorder is not only a mouse recorder, keyboard recorder and player. It is also a very powerful automation software and EXE-compiler.

    Commercial Windows

  • Actiona icon

    Actiona

    Actiona (formerly known as Actionaz) is a task automation tool. It allows you to create and execute action lists. You don't need to know any programming language to use it: its intuitive interface allows you to create action...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    Clavier+

    Clavier+ allows you to create global keyboard shortcuts for launching applications, opening folders, writing text and opening websites. Features Create global shortcuts, available in all programs Fast program launching...

    Open Source Windows

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    Texter

    Text substitution app Texter saves you countless keystrokes by replacing abbreviations with commonly used phrases you define. Unlike software-specific text replacement features, Texter runs in the Windows system tray and works in any...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Latest version, 0.6, released in November 2007, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • AutoKey Py3

    A Python 3 port of AutoKey, the desktop automation utility for Linux and X11. It allows you to manage collection of scripts, and assign abbreviations and hotkeys to these scripts allowing you to execute them on demand in whatever...

    Open Source Linux

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    Action(s)

    Action(s) is a free automation software that lets you build workflows that accomplish manual tasks quickly, efficiently, and effortlessly. It doesn't require any knowledge of scripting languages, you create and execute automation...

    Free Mac Windows

    • Discontinued Since November 2013 the program is no longer supported. Last version, 1.1.8, released in December 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Xposed Additions

    Description Xposed Additions is an XposedBridge Module that adds new features to your device. One of these features is the largest Key Re-map system for Android. Since this module uses XposedBridge, it is able to Re-map any key on...

    Freemium Android

  • xdotool

    This tool lets you simulate keyboard input and mouse activity, move and resize windows, etc. It does this using X11's XTEST extension and other Xlib functions. Additionally, you can search for windows and move, resize, hide...

    Open Source Linux X11

  • UiPath Studio Community icon

    UiPath Studio Community

    A free, fully-featured, and extensible tool for automating any web or desktop application. UiPath Studio Community is free for individual developers, small professional teams, education and training purposes.

    Free Windows

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    Quick Macros

    Quick Macros automates repetitive tasks, even the most complex. Your macros can press keys, click buttons, links, menu items, on-screen images and other UI objects, manage windows, run and manage files, wait for various events, show...

    Commercial Windows

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    AutoMate

    AutoMate sets an entirely new standard for server and desktop automation. Built on the experience earned from delivering automation to more than 9000 sites across 40 countries, AutoMate 8 now adds the power of virtual and cloud-based...

    Commercial Windows

  • Keyboard Maestro icon

    Keyboard Maestro

    Keyboard Maestro enables you to create or record custom macro shortcuts that you can activate at any time.

    Commercial Mac

  • Typinator icon

    Typinator

    What is Typinator? Have you ever experienced the tedium and frustration of having to repeatedly type your name, e-mail address, home page url, or other words or phrases again, again and again? Do you frequently need to quickly...

    Commercial Mac

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    CanRemember

    CanRemember is a canned speech manager, which allows you to quickly access stored procedures. This program is designed to add, store, edit and delete text snippets, ready to copy and paste on forums, with BBcode already prepared....

    Free Windows

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    EventGhost

    EventGhost is an advanced, easy to use and extensible automation tool for MS Windows. It can use different input devices like infrared or wireless remote controls to trigger macros, that on their part control a computer and its...

    Open Source Windows

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    xStarter

    xStarter will help you to automate each and every process in your computer. Automate your everyday tasks without any programming knowledge.

    Commercial Windows

  • Mouse Recorder Premium icon

    Mouse Recorder Premium

    Professional macro recorder freeware to automate repetitive tasks for automation tasks. Like a tape recorder, it records mouse clicks and keystrokes for infinite playback. As easy as pressing "Record" & "Play".

    Free Windows

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    Hotkeycontrol

    Hotkeycontrol is the award winning and easy to use solution for creating keyboard shortcuts for routine tasks like opening files, changing system volume, controlling display brightness, typing frequently used text, controlling active...

    Commercial Windows

  • WinAutomation icon

    WinAutomation

    WinAutomation is the most advanced Windows Automation app, featuring a Macro Recorder and a Web Recorder. With WinAutomation you can teach your computer to perform your repetitive tasks automatically. Some of the tasks you can...

    Commercial Windows

  • TaskLayout icon

    TaskLayout

    TaskLayout is a small portable Windows utility which allow saving/restoring of desktop layout(a set of specified apps/windows with corresponding position on screen) in a single click.

    Freemium Windows

  • iMacros icon

    iMacros

    Automate tasks across all major browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

    Commercial Windows Chrome Internet Explorer Firefox

  • nnCron icon

    nnCron

    nnCron is an advanced and very powerful scheduler, scripting tool and automation manager. nnCron is very small in size (900k), but its capabilities are truly colossal. Besides possessing the traditional scheduler features (starting...

    Freemium Windows

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    Keyboard Master

    Keyboard Master is a simple application launcher designed to work with keypad. Keyboard Master use either combination keys or key sequence. Besides application launching, this launcher equipped with capability to restart and shut down...

    Free Windows

  • Key Manager icon

    Key Manager

    Key Manager reveals the full potential of your keyboard and mouse and allows you to save time and efforts while working with your computer. Thanks to its flexible interface, you can now create various actions and execute them by...

    Commercial Windows

  • cliclick icon

    cliclick

    “Cliclick” is short for “Command-Line Interface Click”. It is a a tiny shell/Terminal application that will emulate mouse clicks or series of mouse clicks (including doubleclicks and control clicks) at arbitrary screen coordinates.

    Open Source Mac

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    HotKeyz

    HotKeyz is a keyboard utility with hotkey control for executing other files, folders or RUN commands. Launch applications in a Normal, Minimized or Maximized State. The Parameter option gives you parameter control when launching...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.8.3, released on June 2010, can be still downloaded from Softpedia.

AutoHotkey Comments

Unusable for normal users who just want to use macros

Negative Comment by pino76
about AutoHotkey Aug 2016

you have to be a certified and experienced programmer in order to be able to use this utility. This thing does even have a GUI.

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is AutoHotKey a valid alternative to clipboard tools?

Comment by NanoPi
about AutoHotkey and RecentX Jan 2015
  • a script that accesses the clipboard must be created or downloaded.
  • the documentation provides a link to two clipboard manager scripts.
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AutoHotKey is awesome, but my new job gave me a Mac...

Positive Comment by Awfki
about AutoHotkey and Spectacle, BetterTouchTool, Typinator Jan 2014

I LOVE AutoHotKey. It expanded strings for me. It moved windows around and resized them. It added the hotkeys that developers forgot. AutoHotKey is a marvel and, amazingly, it's free. I could even, somewhat painfully, create a GUI with it if I wanted to.

But now I'm on a Mac full time and there's no equivalent. Finally forced to deal with it the best I've done is replace it with a half-dozen different tools.

Spectacle (free) or Divvy ($) can move windows around and resize them. Options are limited, but I'm finding them adequate for now.

KeyRemap4MacBok (free) will... remap keys. Mainly to move cmd-q to cmd-shift-q so I'll stop closing my browser when I meant to close a tab.

BetterTouchTool (free) has added the back/forward gestures that were missing from Finder and seems to have a LOT more functionality that I haven't checked out yet.

Typinator ($) or TextExpander ($) will expand text although there are some issues with Mac's "secure keyboard mode" and applications (especially Chrome) that don't it turn it off when they're done with it. Typinator is winning this battle so far and their support was very quick to respond and fix my issue with one app that it wouldn't work with.

It's not perfect but it's the best I've found so far.

[Edited by Awfki, January 16]

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Awesome for remapping and customization of shortcuts

Positive Comment by Thelle
about AutoHotkey May 2012

AutoHotkey is awesome for remapping of the keyboard and for customization of shortcuts and so much more.. It is script based, but quite easy to handle the basics of it.

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Quality alternatives

Comment by aron
about AutoHotkey Dec 2011

Executioner... Wow. This thing is unbelievable. It's not even been downloaded 100 times in over a year and yet it's more advanced than everything on this list other than AutoIt @_@
It's included plugins do 2/3 of the things I need.

WinParrot is quite handy for quick tasks and I'll keep it as well. Very glad I found this site. SO handy.

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Not meant for games

Comment by BjornR
about AutoHotkey Aug 2011

Unfortunately AutoHotKey doesn't always function in games.

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AWESOME! It can save you a lifetime of menial tasks, and so ...

Comment by ATx
about AutoHotkey Jun 2011

AWESOME! It can save you a lifetime of menial tasks, and solve UI shortcomings of other applications, no more waiting for the author to issue an update, you can improve the user experience by yourself.

Only thing I would like to see improved is the reliability of scripts that require the Sleep command to work properly, mostly mouse/keyboard/menu UI operations.

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This thing is the best, most lightweight driver that can ha ...

Comment by RUBn
about AutoHotkey Jun 2011

This thing is the best, most lightweight driver that can handle anything you want with your mouse or keyboard!! It's the answer to all the usual keyboard and mouse drivers crap.
Only downside for IT-dummies: you have to set things up by editing a config file (easy for normal shortcuts though!).

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