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Extension module that wraps the Accessibility API for Mac OS X.

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accessibility is a Python module that wraps the Accessibility API for Mac OS X. It can be used to query and modify attributes of running applications, as well as watch for a variety of notifications. The source code and several examples (in the examples directory) are hosted on GitHub.

The module should compile under recent versions of both Python 2 and 3, and work with Mac OS X 10.8.x and 10.9.x. In addition, to compile the module on version 10.9.0 or later of OS X, you will need to have the Xcode IDE installed.


The module can be compiled using the traditional python clean build install provided by setuptools.


The module includes extensive docstrings, complete with examples in many cases. These can be can be browsed using Python’s help command, or one can compile the Sphinx documentation. For the latter:

  1. Initialize the git submodule with git submodule init to retrieve the custom Sphinx theme.

  2. cd docs

  3. make html and then browse the documentation in docs/_build/html.


This project is under the ISC License. See the LICENSE.txt file for details.

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