Last Updated on July 14, 2023
AutoKey is an open source desktop automation utility. It allows the automation of virtually any task by responding to typed abbreviations and hotkeys.
AutoKey offers a full-featured graphical user interface that makes it accessible for novices, as well as a scripting interface offering the full flexibility and power of the Python language. There are versions for GTK+ and Qt.
When a trigger is detected by Autokey, one of three things can happen; a script is activated, text is inserted at the cursor position or a pop-up menu is displayed allowing a script or phrase to be activated by selecting it.
AutoKey scripts can literally do almost anything that can be coded as a Python program. Python scripts are user created and can be shared between users. AutoKey includes a range of sample Python scripts.
AutoKey features a subset of the capabilities of the popular Windows-based AutoHotkey, but it is not intended as a full replacement.
- Python scripting engine allows you to automate virtually any task that can be accomplished via the keyboard and/or mouse.
- Built-in code editor with autocomplete and calltips.
- Scripts are plain Python files that can be edited in any text editor.
- Similarly, phrases are stored as plain text files.
- Create collections of phrases/scripts in folders, and assign a hotkey or abbreviation to the folder to display a popup menu.
- Regular expressions can be used to filter windows by their title or class, to exclude hotkeys/abbreviations from triggering in certain applications.
- Scripts, phrases and folders can be attached to the notification icon menu, allowing you to select them without assigning a hotkey or abbreviation.
Developer: Chris Dekter
License: GNU General Public License v3.0
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