Keyboard Maestro Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Keyboard Maestro for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Karabiner Elements, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Keyboard Maestro and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Keyboard Maestro are Quicksilver (Free, Open Source), Hammerspoon (Free, Open Source), aText (Paid) and TextExpander (Paid).

    This page was last updated Aug 2, 2021

    1. 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).
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      ilaymyloveonyou2 So easy to use compared to Keyboard Maestro
      Positive comment 5 months ago

    2. Quicksilver is a fast and free Mac OS X productivity application that gives you the power to control your Mac quickly and elegantly. Quicksilver learns your habits, making your everyday chores simple and efficient.
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      Most users think Quicksilver is a great alternative to Keyboard Maestro.

    3. This is a tool for powerful automation of OS X. At its core, Hammerspoon is just a bridge between the operating system and a Lua scripting engine.
    4. aText accelerates your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define. E.g. make an abbreviation “myname” to insert your name “First Middle Last” in any application. With aText you can easily avoid typing the same thing over and over.
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    5. TextExpander boosts team productivity by cutting the repetitive typing that creeps into every task. A quick shortcode while typing drops in the necessary language to send to clients and customers.
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      For simple text substitution, TextExpander and Keyboard Maestro can do a lot of the same things. However, Keyboard Maestro can replicate in-app functionality (by specific apps), run scripts based on events like USB / device insertion and joining a specific wifi network, etc. TextExpander is just a macro / text replacer.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago


    6. 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.
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    7. Repeate is a full-fledged, Java mouse/keyboard record/replay and automation hotkeys/macros creation using modern programming languages, and more advanced automation features. Working across three major OSes: Windows, OSX, and Linux.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      Lightweight automation and productivity power-tool for OS X.
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    8. Simple shortcut manager for macOS 10.8 or higher. It lets you execute any command that works in your terminal by pressing a combination of keyboard keys. No rocket science involved!.
    9. CodeExpander is a smart feature with TextExpander and embraces the GitHub Gist client. It saves and manages text or script snippets that require repeated input and can be expanded automatically by setting abbreviations.
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