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Free TextExpander Alternatives

The best free alternative to TextExpander is AutoHotkey, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to TextExpander and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to TextExpander are espanso, Beeftext, PhraseExpress and FastKeys.

TextExpander alternatives are mainly Text Expanders but may also be Task Automation Apps or Clipboard Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of TextExpander.
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  1. AutoHotkey is a free, open-source scripting language for Windows that allows users to easily create small to complex scripts for all kinds of tasks such as: form fillers, auto-clicking, macros, etc.

    ⚫︎ LightweightAutoHotkey consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingAutoHotkey supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    espanso

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    An open source, cross-platform text expander written in Rust.

    ⚫︎ Works Offlineespanso can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingespanso supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ Portableespanso can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Open Source, cross-platform, good configuration interface (yaml!)

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  3. Beeftext is an open-source text substitution tool for Windows.

    ⚫︎ PortableBeeftext can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    It is simple yet very effective and nicely designed. No doubt the best one out there.

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    Simple, free, and open-source. Beeftext does the job.

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    It's free and open source.

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    Beeftext is opensource and works very well in Windows. You can install or use the PortableApps version. RichText support has been added in the last version 6.0.

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  4. The autotext and text expander software "PhraseExpress" manages frequently used phrases for quick insertion into any application.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModePhraseExpress supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Main program window to organize phrases in a multi-level folder structure
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    Does not require to subscribe to an online service.

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  5. All in one Windows automation software. Fully configurable text expander, start menu, shortcuts, auto complete and mouse gestures. User-defined commands to run files, open webpages, send macros or automate anything. Incredibly powerful but yet simple to use.

    ⚫︎ PortableFastKeys can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Rather same functionality. Cheap, a few dollars only, active development. Works under Citrix.

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    Karabiner Elements

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    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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    Lintalist

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Lintalist allows you to store and (incrementally) search and edit texts in bundles and paste a selected text in your active program.

    ⚫︎ Import CSV DataLintalist can import data from a CSV (Comma seperated values) file.
    ⚫︎ PortableLintalist can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Main search window. 1: Type query.
2: Menu + search options.
3: Result list with Part 1, Part 2, Key(board shortcut), Short(hand, abbreviation). Columns are dynamic, if part 2, key or short are not present in the loaded bundle(s) they will not be displayed.
4: Preview of top most or selected snippet text. In statusbar: loaded bundle(s) and hits / number of snippets.
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    Texpand

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

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

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    Repeat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Java

    Repeat 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingRepeat supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    OldAutoKey

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • X11

    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 program.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingOldAutoKey supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    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. A maintained port, updated to run on Python 3, has been hosted on GitHub with the name AutoKey icon AutoKey , previously known as AutoKey Py3

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