AppleScript Topics

AppleScript is used in a wide variety of ways within Mac OS X and its hosted applications. This section provides links to script examples you can incorporate into your own scripts.

Beginner's Tutorial

Click to view topic.If you're new to AppleScript, start here. This step-by-step tutorial, exerpted from the Apple Training Series book AppleScript 1-2-3, is an easy and fun way to learn the basics of AppleScript while writing simple scripts.

Beginner's Video Seminar • 44:54

This video covers much of the material contained in the online tutorial mentioned above.

Essential Sub-Routines

Click to view topic.Essential Sub-Routines
A collection of generic sub-routines for accomplishing common AppleScript functions.

Image Events

Click to view topic.This chapter exerpted from the Apple Training Series book AppleScript 1-2-3, details how to edit and manipulate image files using the Image Events application, which is pre-installed on every Mac OS X system.

GUI Scripting

Click to view topic.Using AppleScript to query and control the interface of an application: menus, dialogs, buttons, etc.


Click to view topic.Sample AppleScript-based solutions covering a variety of scenarios, from simple Finder tools to page link triggers.

Develop Applications

Click to view topic.Use AppleScript to develop native Cocoa applications in Xcode. (also, see below)

NEW! Secrets of AppleScript/Obj-C Revealed

Click to view topic.New book and related training materials by noted AppleScript expert Shane Stanley details how to use AppleScript-Objective-C to make amazing full-featured AppleScript applications.