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Control AppleScriptable applications from Python.

Project description

Appscript is a high-level, user-friendly Apple event bridge that allows you to control AppleScriptable Mac OS X applications from Python.


Appscript supports Python 2.3 to 2.7, and Python 3.1 and later.

Appscript requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.


Appscript is packaged using the standard Python Distribution Utilities (a.k.a. Distutils). To install appscript, cd to the appscript-1.0.0 directory and run:

python install


python3 install

Setuptools/Distribute (available from <>) will be used if installed, otherwise will revert to Distutils.

Building appscript from source requires the gcc compiler supplied with Apple’s Xcode IDE. Xcode can be obtained from Mac OS X installer disks or <>.


  • Python 2.x documentation and sample scripts can be found in the appscript_2x/doc and appscript_2x/sample directories.

  • Python 3.x documentation and sample scripts can be found in the appscript_3x/doc and appscript_3x/sample directories.

  • Developer tools for exporting application dictionaries (ASDictionary) and converting application commands from AppleScript to appscript syntax (ASTranslate) are available separately:

    ASDictionary 0.13.1 or later is also required to use appscript’s built-in help() method. If ASDictionary isn’t installed, interactive help won’t be available but appscript will continue to operate as normal.

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