Platypus 5.3

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Create applications by wrapping command-line scripts.
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Platypus allows creating applications from scripts. This way, you can give command-line scripts a graphical interface to facilitate user interaction with them, which comes in quite handy when you are creating installers, launchers and droplets, for instance. The tool works by wrapping the desired scripts into a bundle that also includes a binary file, so that they can be executed just like a standard application.

The tool has an easy-to-use interface and only a few options require opening additional windows. You can start by giving your app a name. Then, you should select a script type from a long list that includes Shell, Bash, Csh, Perl, Python, Ruby, AppleScript, TCL, Expect, PHP, Swift, AWK, JavaScript, Node.js, and others. Next, you are required to choose a script file or create a completely new one with the built-in editor or another you prefer. You also need to pick an interface type, which may be Progress Bar, Text Window, Web View, Status Menu and Droplet.

Other possibilities include bundling the desired files, which you can easily drag and drop onto the app’s window. Besides, it is allowed to run the future application with root privileges via the macOS Security Framework or in the background. Likewise, you can set the app to remain running after its execution. Although it worked perfectly for me, some users have complained about the program using the wrong path when they use the drag-and-drop function to add files to the bundle. more

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Pros

  • Supports multiple script types
  • Comes with various interface types
  • Allows bundling support files
  • Built-in script editor
  • Extensive documentation

Cons

  • Complaints about importing wrong file paths

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