Alternatives to AutoHotkey for all platforms with any license

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  • Komodo Edit icon

    Komodo Edit

    Komodo Edit is a fast, smart, free and open-source code editor. Switching your trusty code editor is hard, but give Komodo Edit (or...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • AutoIt icon

    AutoIt

    AutoIt is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a...

    Free Windows

  • Sikuli icon

    Sikuli

    Sikuli is a visual technology to search and automate graphical user interfaces (GUI) using images (screenshots). The first release of...

    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

  • AutoKey icon

    AutoKey Discontinued

    AutoKey is a desktop automation utility for Linux and X11. It allows you to manage collection of scripts and phrases, and assign...

    Open Source Linux

  • TinyTask icon

    TinyTask

    TinyTask provides quick and easy automation by recording-playback. It is a case study in minimalist programming: the entire program is...

    Free Windows

  • Karabiner icon

    Karabiner

    Karabiner, previously called KeyRemap4MacBook, is a very powerful keyboard remapper for Mac OS X. In addition to simple key remapping...

    Open Source Mac

  • Automator icon

    Automator

    With Automator, you can accomplish time-consuming, repetitive manual tasks quickly, efficiently, and effortlessly. Automator lets you...

    Commercial Mac

  • Actionaz icon

    Actionaz

    Actionaz is a task automation tool. It allows you to create and execute action lists. You don't need to know any programming...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Clavier+ icon

    Clavier+

    Clavier+ allows you to create global keyboard shortcuts for launching applications, opening folders, writing text and opening...

    Open Source Windows

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

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    Keyboard Maestro

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

    Commercial Mac

  • Action(s) icon

    Action(s) Discontinued

    Action(s) is a free automation software that lets you build workflows that accomplish manual tasks quickly, efficiently, and...

    Free Mac Windows

  • Texter icon

    Texter

    Text substitution app Texter saves you countless keystrokes by replacing abbreviations with commonly used phrases you define. Unlike...

    Open Source Windows

  • Xposed Additions icon

    Xposed Additions

    Description Xposed Additions is an XposedBridge Module that adds new features to your device. One of these features is the largest...

    Freemium Android

  • EventGhost icon

    EventGhost

    EventGhost is an advanced, easy to use and extensible automation tool for MS Windows. It can use different input devices like infrared...

    Open Source Windows

  • WinAutomation icon

    WinAutomation

    WinAutomation is the most advanced Windows Automation app, featuring a Macro Recorder and a Web Recorder. With WinAutomation you...

    Commercial Windows

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  • 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...

    Free Windows

  • xdotool

    This tool lets you simulate keyboard input and mouse activity, move and resize windows, etc. It does this using X11's XTEST...

    Open Source Linux X11

  • TaskLayout icon

    TaskLayout

    TaskLayout is a small portable Windows utility which allow saving/restoring of desktop layout(a set of specified apps/windows with...

    Freemium Windows

  • Typinator icon

    Typinator

    What is Typinator? Have you ever experienced the tedium and frustration of having to repeatedly type your name, e-mail address...

    Commercial Mac

  • Hotkeycontrol icon

    Hotkeycontrol

    Hotkeycontrol is the award winning and easy to use solution for creating keyboard shortcuts for routine tasks like opening files...

    Commercial Windows

  • xStarter icon

    xStarter

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

    Commercial Windows

  • AutoMate icon

    AutoMate

    AutoMate sets an entirely new standard for server and desktop automation. Built on the experience earned from delivering automation to...

    Commercial Windows

  • PowerPro icon

    PowerPro

    PowerPro lets you take control of how you use Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP. Run commands and configure your system any way you want. ...

    Free Windows

  • thinBasic icon

    thinBasic

    thinBasic is a simple, flexible, and easy-to-learn interpreted programming language. It lets you quickly and easily develop programs...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Open Source Linux

  • 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...

    Freemium Windows

  • Keyboard Master icon

    Keyboard Master

    Keyboard Master is a simple application launcher designed to work with keypad. Keyboard Master use either combination keys or key...

    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...

    Commercial Windows

  • Texpand icon

    Texpand

    Texpand is a text expansion app that helps you save a lot of time by assigning shortcuts to your frequently used texts. Features...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

  • HotKeyz icon

    HotKeyz Discontinued

    HotKeyz is a keyboard utility with hotkey control for executing other files, folders or RUN commands. Launch applications in a Normal...

    Free Windows

  • CanRemember icon

    CanRemember

    CanRemember is a canned speech manager, which allows you to quickly access stored procedures. This program is designed to add, store...

    Free Windows

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AutoHotkey Comments

Unusable for normal users who just want to use macros

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...

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

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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