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What is Appscript?

Appscript is a high-level, user-friendly MacPython-to-Apple Event Manager bridge that allows you to control scriptable Mac OS X applications using ordinary Python scripts. Appscript makes MacPython a serious alternative to Apple's own ../AppleScript language for automating your Mac.

For example, to get the value of the first paragraph of the topmost document in ../TextEdit:


This is equivalent to the /AppleScript statement:

get paragraph 1 of document 1 of application "TextEdit"

Appscript builds upon lower-level Python packages (aem, osaterminology) to provide:

  1. an Apple event-based RPC mechanism for sending commands to applications

  2. a mechanism for converting data between common Python and Apple event types
  3. a simple embedded query language for constructing references to an application's object model

  4. a mechanism that uses application-defined terminology to present these references in human-readable form
  5. an integrated help system for exploring application terminology information
  6. a clean, object oriented-like syntax for ease of use.


Application scripting notes

Pages containing additional information on scripting individual applications:

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