Alternatives to AutoHotkey for all platforms with any license

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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...

  • 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...

    Free Windows

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    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...

    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...

    Open Source Mac

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  • Automator icon

    Automator

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

    Commercial Mac

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  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    Open Source Windows

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    • 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...

    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...

    Free Mac Windows

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    • 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.

AutoHotkey Comments

Unusable for normal users who just want to use macros -1 Helpful

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? -1 Helpful

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... -1 Helpful

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 1 Helpful

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 1 Helpful

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 ... 1 Helpful

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 ... 1 Helpful

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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