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Butler makes it easier for you to perform a wide variety of potentially recurring tasks. Just arrange these tasks in Butler's fully customizable configuration and assign one or more triggers to a task.

Available Triggers:

  • freely configurable system-wide menus in your menu bar/Butler's docklet
  • freely configurable pop-up menus -- triggered via hot key or hot corner (see below)
  • abbreviations -- e.g., enter "qt" to launch QuickTime Player
  • hot keys -- e.g., hit [F1] make iTunes switch to the next track
  • hot corners -- e.g., [shift]-[right mouse button click] in the lower more...

What's New

Version 4.1.17:
  • Now requires OS X 10.7 or later
  • Keystrokes Smart Items now let you use the current pasteboard via Cmd-v keystroke, provided that you add a sufficiently long delay (recommended: 1 second) in front of the Cmd-v keystroke.
  • Fixed a display glitch where delays in Keystrokes Smart Items weren't displayed properly.
  • Fixed an issue with the Screensaver Smart Item.


OS X 10.7 or later

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Johnk77 Member IconReview+5

The developer's site states version 4.1.16 requires 10.7.
The last version for 10.6 Snow Leopard is 4.1.15.

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Version 4.1.16


With one in six Mac users still running Snow Leopard, if they can't come up with v 5 after all theses years of soliciting money for it, the least they could do is support the faithful.

Priosantos-Jan Member IconReview+40

Great app and very useful. Use this daily without any problems.

If I could point out something negative it would be the price. It is a bit overpriced imo. About $10 would be more correct. I am pretty sales will go up.

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Version 4.1.16

I would pay $100 for Butler if that were the price. It's indispensable.

ohmmmmmm Member IconReview+17

Butler is like an old and dear friend with well-earned wrinkles. Nothing else better IMHO. Still, with this kind of good karma, maybe the developer can dream up a few surprises for v5. Thanks for this update. I am happy to see it is not following in the path of Quickeys, another dear friend that has sadly passed away.

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Version 4.1.16
MadEye29 Member IconComment+29

Version 5 is still vaporware after all these years. What is it, six years since it was announced? Does anyone else find it disingenuous of the developers to continue to say this:

"Butler 5 pre-sale: Support Butler by purchasing Butler 4 now, and you'll receive a free copy of Butler 5 when it ships!"

How about an honest update on when Butler 5 is coming out guys?

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Version 4.1.15
Sherman Wilcox

Yes. There isn't really ever gonna be a version 5, is there?

Stormchild Member IconReview+383

LaunchBar is my quick launcher of choice (has been for over ten years), but Butler has proven to be a worthy companion. I don't use the abbreviation or search features at all, but there are a number of other features I find really valuable (which no other app seems to provide). Here are a few of the things I use it for:

- I've set up hotkeys (F1-F6) that open pop-up menus in the Finder, letting me quickly get to a specific file or folder. If I hold command and hit the same key, it opens the folder directly instead of the pop-up menu.

- Shortcuts for rating the current song in iTunes. Shift + [numpad 0-5]. Butler is one of the only apps that can actually distinguish between the regular number keys and the number pad. Obviously shift + regular number wouldn't work, as I'd lose access to a bunch of symbols.

- Other iTunes hotkeys: play/pause, next track, previous track. I used to have these in the menubar as well (I think that was even the original reason I started using Butler), but I have a menubar doodad problem, so I don't have space for those anymore.

- Hotkeys for menus in apps where custom shortcuts often don't work. There are a number of situations where custom hotkeys set up in System Preferences → Keyboard Shortcuts don't work until the menu has been opened at least once. Needless to say, this is an unacceptable hassle. What I do now is set up the hotkey I want in Butler, and just have Butler type the default hotkey for me. Works every time.

The other thing this works well for is menu commands whose name changes. For example, instead of setting up two identical shortcuts for iTunes' "Switch to MiniPlayer" and "Switch from MiniPlayer" commands in System Preferences, I can just set up *one* hotkey in Butler, and don't even have to bother typing the command name at all.

Also has the advantage of leaving the original shortcuts intact, which is helpful if someone else is using your Mac.

Finally, because you can specify multiple apps for a hotkey, you can set up shortcuts that work in multiple apps. I've got a "Toggle Web Inspector" hotkey that types cmd-shift-i in Safari, WebKit, Chrome, and Firefox, and it does the right thing in all of them.


Anyway, my point is that Butler does a lot of things really well, and if you explore its features, you can probably find a bunch of uses for it, even if you aren't using it as a quick search/launcher.

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Version 4.1.15
VictorPrijker Member IconReview+27

For me, the best launcher and hot key manager. Couldn't live without. I has everything I can think of.

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Version 4.1.15
Mruben Member IconComment+44

Another version of iTunes (11), and of course the return of Butler's spinning beachball when you quit iTunes.

I love Butler - but I don't need to use it to control iTunes. Is there a way to set a Butler Preference so that Butler doesn't depend on reading the iTunes library all the time? I just want to be able to launch my apps using hotkeys.


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Version 4.1.14
retech Member IconReview+16

Without Butler I would find my mac to be crippled and painfully difficult to use.

Thank you.

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Version 4.1.14
Mruben Member IconReview+44

"Worked around an issue with inter-application communication on OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion."

Thank you! Butler 4.1.13 became unusable whenever iTunes was running, as a result of the 10.8.2 update. So far this new version seems to have solved the problem.

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Version 4.1.14
Vric Member IconComment+16

Butler 4.1.13 crashes on launch under Mac OS X 10.8.1 on my MBP Core 2 Duo.
Butler 4.1.11 seems fine (still available "for Mac OS X 10.5 and/or PowerPC Macs" on the developer's site).

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Downloads 109,277
Version Downloads 822
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 13 May 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $20.00
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