Installing Automator Service Files

The following documentation describes how to install Automator service workflow files downloaded from this website.

Automator Service Workflow Files and Security

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Standard installation of an Automator service is usually accomplished by double-clicking the workflow file  (⬆ see above )  in the Finder. However, because of the security settings on your computer, doing so may summon the following security dialog:

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This dialog appears because:

  • Automator workflow files are currently saved unsigned (without an Apple developer signature), and
  • the GateKeeper security settings in the Privacy system preference on your computer are set (by default) to only allow developer-signed workflow files be opened.  (⬇ see below ) 
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File-Specific User Approval

Fortunately, OS X provides a mechanism for knowingly opening a quarantined workflow file.

DO THIS ►Right-click on the workflow file in the Finder to summon the Finder’s contextual menu. Choose Open from this menu:  (⬇ see below ) 

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A second security dialog appears, but contains an option for opening the workflow file.  (⬇ see below ) 

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DO THIS ►Click the Open button in the security dialog.  (⬆ see above ) 

Standard Workflow Service Installation

Now that you’ve approved the workflow file for opening, the standard service workflow installation process will begin with the presentation of the Service Installer dialog.  (⬇ see below ) 

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DO THIS ►To installer the Automator service, click the Install button in the Service Installer dialog.  (⬆ see above ) 

The workflow service will be installed in the Services folder in your user Library folder, and a completion notification dialog will offer the view the installed service in Automator.  (⬇ see below ) 

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