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Open Source TextExpander Alternatives

The best open source alternative to TextExpander is AutoHotkey. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to TextExpander and 12 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to TextExpander are espanso, Beeftext, Karabiner Elements and Lintalist.

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.
This page was last updated May 29, 2022
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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.

    Some users think AutoHotkey is a great alternative to TextExpander, some don't.
  2. espanso

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

    espanso vs TextExpander opinions
    Almost everyone thinks espanso is a great alternative to TextExpander.
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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.

    Beeftext vs TextExpander opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Beeftext is a great alternative to TextExpander.

    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. 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).

  5. 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.



  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    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 , previously known as AutoKey Py3

  8. 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.

  9. Auto Text Expander for Google Chrome

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome

    Save time and keystrokes by assigning shortcuts to commonly used text.

  10. Texpander

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    I just want a quick way to expand a text snippet into a longer chunk of text. For example, I want to type 'sig' and have it expand into my complete email signature – no matter what browser or email client I’m using.

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