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Python version of HighSierraMediaKeyEnabler

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Media Keys on macOS High Sierra+

This project is a version of HighSierraMediaKeyEnabler written in Python for simplicity using PyObjC.

In short, it makes it so that Safari cannot steal the media keys: the media keys always control iTunes (Music on Catalina). (I usually have TweetDeck open in a Safari window, and if TweetDeck has tried to send a notification, Safari would grab the media keys to just replay the tweet sound; the only way to get them back to iTunes was to click the mouse—ugh!)


After installing, you will have a command mediakeyenabler. Run it. End it with Ctrl-C or sending the equivalent signal to the PID.

Known Limitations

  • I don’t use spotify, so this only supports iTunes.

  • I don’t ever want it to start iTunes, so it only does anything if iTunes is already running.

  • I’ve never wanted to fast forward or rewind, only restart the track or go to the next one (in fact I didn’t know FF and rewind were possible) so this program doesn’t do that.

  • No GUI (at least not yet), it’s just a command line program.

Known Limitations in the Original

There are some known limitations in the original that this project inherites due to the basic design using a CGEventTap. Notably, certain operations cannot be done when the program is running:

  • Changing the Safari search engine (issue 43)

  • Enabling kernel extensions (issue 42)

If those are fixed in the original, they might get fixed here.


0.0.2 (2020-04-09)

  • Updates to work an macOS Catalina.

  • Add support for Python 3.8.

0.0.1 (2018-07-22)

  • Initial release.

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