Platypus
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Platypus is a developer tool for creating application wrappers around scripts. In other words, it creates Mac OS X applications that execute a script which is bundled with the application. Command line scripts can thus be run transparently from the graphical window environment, integrating seamlessly with the user interface.

Here are some of the features Platypus has to offer:
  • Supports shell scripts, Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby, Expect, Tcl, AppleScript
  • Supports arbitrary interpreter -- thus support for any script type
  • Executing scripts with root
What's New
Version 4.8:
  • New "Prompt for file on launch" option
  • Redesigned Drop Settings sheet
  • Fixed issue where version would not appear in Get Info in Finder (missing CFBundleShortVersionString)
  • Generated apps have NSHumanReadableCopyright defined again
  • Extensive updates to documentation
  • "Provide as a Mac OS X Service" no longer enabled by default
  • Removed all support for file types. They are ancient crust now mostly ignored by Mac OS X and should no longer be used.
  • Improved uninstall script
  • Fixed issue where a generated icon file referenced in a Profile could be overwritten
  • Documentation files now open in default browser, not in default .html handling app
  • Fixed broken nib optimization. Platypus now correctly detects XCode 4 installs.
Version 4.8:
  • New "Prompt for file on launch" option
  • Redesigned Drop Settings sheet
  • Fixed issue where version would not appear in Get Info in Finder (missing CFBundleShortVersionString)
  • Generated apps have NSHumanReadableCopyright defined again
  • Extensive updates to documentation
  • "Provide as a Mac OS X Service" no longer enabled by more...
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Platypus User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 4.x:
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+87
WordWeaver commented on 25 Oct 2013
Very cool app for those of us who like it quick and simple. Thank you developer for making this app freely available to the Macintosh community, and for your years of dedication to its continual development.
[Version 4.8]

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+87
WordWeaver replied on 25 Oct 2013
I just sent this man a donation via PayPal. A worthy investment. :)
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+5

Badgerone reviewed on 15 Jul 2013
By far, Platypus is the easiest and all-round best script wrapper.
[Version 4.8]


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+1

Sev7en reviewed on 31 May 2013
I do agree: this application rocks and it's a wonderful free project! So which one are for your the most useful scripts?
[Version 4.7]


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+36

Simbasounds reviewed on 28 Jul 2012
Make your own utility apps in an instant - indispensable
[Version 4.7]


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Olavimmanuel reviewed on 19 Jul 2011
Wonderfully useful software. Extremely time saving!
A few bugs, notably using menu item as output, but I see that this may be fixed in the next v.
[Version 4.4]


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Carbonide commented on 26 Sep 2009
Version 4.2 doesn't set the arguments to dropped files correctly.

My scripts that worked perfectly well under version 4 now only get the path to the application in $1, but $2 is always empty.
[Version 4.2]


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+28
mrelcee commented on 22 Jun 2008
Platypus rocks - So very useful for putting together tools for both myself and clients of mine. I am astonished he doesn't charge for it..
[Version 4.0]

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haleakalari replied on 19 May 2009
don't jinx it!
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Brandon Williams commented on 22 Jun 2008
Awesome. I can't believe it! A huge update! So very appreciated. Platypus has always been one of those apps that makes me happy to be an OS X user. Thanks so much for the update - you rock!
[Version 4.0]


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+48

StevenJayCohen reviewed on 22 May 2007
Thank you!

I depend on this app so often! A must have!
[Version 3.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 21 May 2005
Version 3.1's command line utility contains a bug where it doesn't create the file "MyApp.app/Contents/Resources/.script", which is required for the app to run. If you use the CLI utility, it will suffice to simply create a blank file with touch or whatever, until an update fixing this bug is released.
[Version 3.1]


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CarlosCambra6779 rated on 21 Jul 2013

[Version 4.8]



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Badgerone rated on 27 Jan 2012

[Version 4.6]



Toosit rated on 27 Jan 2012

[Version 4.6]



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CPa rated on 26 Jul 2011

[Version 4.4]



+11

Yuletide rated on 16 May 2011

[Version 4.4]


Downloads:27,294
Version Downloads:2,065
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:14 Jul 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Platypus is a developer tool for creating application wrappers around scripts. In other words, it creates Mac OS X applications that execute a script which is bundled with the application. Command line scripts can thus be run transparently from the graphical window environment, integrating seamlessly with the user interface.

Here are some of the features Platypus has to offer:
  • Supports shell scripts, Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby, Expect, Tcl, AppleScript
  • Supports arbitrary interpreter -- thus support for any script type
  • Executing scripts with root privileges via Apple's Security Framework
  • Drag and drop files, which are passed to the script as arguments
  • Graphical feedback of script execution: progress bar or text window with script output
  • Can create applications which run in the background
  • Sophisticated app bundle configuration for associated file types, identifier, version etc.
  • Graphical interface for bundling support files with script
  • Built-in script editor, or linking with external editor of choice
  • Set own application icon or select from presets
  • Command line tool for automating script application bundling
Creating installers, maintenance applications, login items, launchers, automations and droplets is very easy using Platypus.

Platypus is free, open-source software and is distributed under the terms and conditions of the Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public License. It is written for the Cocoa application programming interfaces.


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