Automator Help

Welcome to Automator

Automate the tasks you do on your Mac—even if you don’t know any programming—by using built-in actions to create workflows.

The Automator window showing the Activate Fonts action selected and an empty workflow.
An Automator workflow with four actions.

Let your Mac do repetitive tasks for you

Do you need to make the same changes to multiple files, such as changing the filenames or copying and resizing images? What about archiving or backing up your important files? If so, you can create a custom workflow, add the actions you want, and have your Mac do the work for you. To create a new workflow, choose File > New, click Workflow, then click Choose.

The Automator window with a Run AppleScript action.

Script your own actions

If the task you need to automate isn’t in the list of built-in actions, you can add your own scripts, such as AppleScript and JavaScript scripts, and shell commands to your workflow. Simply add the appropriate run script action to your workflow and enter your script code or shell commands.