About Global Hotkey 1.4

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On the newsgroup de.sys.mac.misc some users where looking for a kind of hot key application which enables them to launch applications via pressing a key like F9.

This application stays in the background doing nothing. But if you press a key combination which matches one of the file names in the folders of the application, it will do something.

  • The text files in the AppleScripts folder will be executed as Applescripts Usefull if you want to quickly turn your Mac to sleep.
  • The items in the Applications folder can be launched. It works even for folders or documents.
  • Pictures and plain Textfiles in the Clipboard folder are copied to the clipboard.
  • Shell scripts are executed from the ShellScripts folder.

The application writes a lot of stuff to the console which you can watch for error messages. Just launch the console application from the utilities folder and read, but don't be scared: Far over 90% of this is to be ignored.

This application is freeware and provided as is.


Making donations

This application is considered donation-ware (uncrippled shareware). If you find it indispensable, please consider making a donation.

Donate 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 Euro/Pounds/US-Dollar

Please pick a value and purchase the quantity you like. This goes through share-it to make sure any required sales tax is collected.

In US Dollar:

If you'd rather not use PayPal, you can send something to me directly at:
Christian Schmitz, Plaidter Straße 31a, 56645 Nickenich, Germany

Source code

You find the Realbasic project file in the download. You can watch the source code online:

Global Hotkey 1.2 Source code

New stuff added in version 1.4:

  • Fixed problem with F15 and F16 keys.
  • Now an Universal application (for PPC and Intel!).

New stuff added in version 1.3:

  • Fixed problem with users of Script Debugger from latenightsw.com.

New stuff added in version 1.2:

  • Apple Scripts are now compiled only when needed so no longer iTunes launches when launching this application.

New stuff added in version 1.1:

  • Application is now a background application.
  • Fixed the F1 and F2 key.
  • The folders are watched for changes so hotkeys change dynamically.

New stuff added in version 1.0:

  • First Release.


The application folder with the items to open with their key combination:


List of key modifiers:

  • command
  • shift
  • option
  • control
  • right-shift
  • right-option
  • right-control

List of key codes:

  • esc
  • f1
  • f2
  • f3
  • f4
  • f5
  • f6
  • f7
  • f8
  • f9
  • f10
  • f11
  • f12
  • f13
  • f14
  • f15
  • tab
  • backspace
  • return
  • help
  • delete
  • page-start
  • page-end
  • page-up
  • page-down
  • cursor-up
  • cursor-down
  • cursor-right
  • cursor-left
  • num-lock
  • num-=
  • num-/
  • num-*
  • num-+
  • num--
  • num-enter
  • num-,
  • num-0
  • num-1
  • num-2
  • num-3
  • num-4
  • num-5
  • num-6
  • num-7
  • num-8
  • num-9

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