OpenTerminal
OpenTerminal
2.07

4.4

OpenTerminal free download for Mac

OpenTerminal

2.07
31 July 2010

Opens the Terminal with cd command.

Overview

OpenTerminal opens the Terminal with cd command.

When you are working in the Finder and you discover that you need a terminal window you have to open \"Terminal\" and \"cd\" to the folder you were working on. With OpenTerminal you just click its icon or use the Finder\'s contextual menu and a terminal with the correct path shows up.

The advantage of OpenTerminal over other available tools is that it can run in the background (without using processor time) and react instantly because it doesn\'t have to start up first. It\'s also more refined than the other tools I know of: it includes workarounds for several Finder and Terminal bugs, supports Spaces, and it doesn\'t open superfluous terminal windows.

The sourcecode is also available.

What's new in OpenTerminal

Version 2.07:
  • Works better with Mac OS X's Spaces feature
  • Includes some new workarounds for iTerm bugs
  • The alternative icon for the Finder's toolbar has been updated so it's no longer misaligned.
  • Works better with Visor (added in 2.06b)

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Crunc
29 July 2010

Most helpful

Amazing customer service, especially seeing how this is free! And such a useful utility. Thanks again for the tweak to make it work great with Visor!
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Version 2.06
Jichi
04 January 2012
Has been using OpenTerminal for years. And still my best choice on OS X Lion. However, after switched to iTerm2 from iTerm, I found OpenTerminal didn't work with iTerm2. Wish the developer add the support for iTerm2 as well. I used this app with iKey and mapped MAC+F1 to open iTerm here which saved me lot of time. I would definitely purchase this app if it goes on AppStore. Anyway, thx a lot for the developer for his work.
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Version 2.07
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Temhawk
Temhawk
26 January 2012
+1, I want OpenTerminal to use iTerm2.
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Ulyssesric
21 May 2011
@monoclast: Thanks for the "cdf" idea. But the script failed to work when the pathname contains white spaces. I've tweaked the script for a work-around: alias cdf="eval \"cd \\\"\\\`osascript -e 'tell app \\\\\\\"Finder\\\\\\\" to return the POSIX path of (target of window 1 as alias)'\\\`\\\"\"" Adding this line to ~/.bashrc, and every terminal environment could "cdf" to the directory of the frontmost Finder window.
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Version 2.07
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Ulyssesric
Ulyssesric
21 May 2011
It seemed MU will modify the escape character... All the backslashes showed up there shall be doubled: alias cdf="eval \\"cd \\\\\\"\\\\\\`osascript -e 'tell app \\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Finder\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" to return the POSIX path of (target of window 1 as alias)'\\\\\\`\\\\\\"\\""
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Ulyssesric
21 May 2011
@monoclast: Thanks for the "cdf" idea. But the script failed to work when the pathname contains white spaces. I've tweaked the script for a work-around: alias cdf="eval \"cd \\\"\\\`osascript -e 'tell app \\\\\\\"Finder\\\\\\\" to return the POSIX path of (target of window 1 as alias)'\\\`\\\"\"" Adding this line to ~/.bashrc, and every terminal environment could "cdf" to the directory of the frontmost Finder window.
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Version 2.07
ehunt123
17 August 2010
By far the best approach for anyone who is a heavy cli user. cdto is buggy, not updated, and relies on appscript for iTerm. The background app is also a different approach than most so its speed is a bit faster.
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Version 2.07
Crunc
29 July 2010
Amazing customer service, especially seeing how this is free! And such a useful utility. Thanks again for the tweak to make it work great with Visor!
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Version 2.06
Crunc
29 July 2010
I like this a lot, except that it doesn't seem to work well with Visor. I hope the developer can get that working. Perhaps in cooperation with the developers of Visor?
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Version 2.06
4 answer(s)
Thomas-Wiesehöfer
Thomas-Wiesehöfer
29 July 2010
It seems to work if you choose the "Use an existing Terminal session if possible" option and disable the "Use tabs instead of windows" option in OpenTerminal's preferences (hold down the option key while launching OpenTerminal to open the preferences window). If it still doesn't work, please e-mail me.
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Version 2.06
Crunc
Crunc
29 July 2010
Well, that does make it work somewhat, but it doesn't open up the visor. It works invisibly, and then I need to bring up the Visor to see it. That will work for now, but any chance you could get it to open the Visor too?
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Version 2.06
Thomas-Wiesehöfer
Thomas-Wiesehöfer
29 July 2010
I've made a very small change to OpenTerminal (so no new version number) and it can now open Visor. "Show on relaunch" must be selected in the Visor preferences. Just redownload OpenTerminal and e-mail me if it doesn't work.
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Version 2.06
Crunc
Crunc
29 July 2010
It works great now! Thanks so much! 5 stars coming shortly...
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Version 2.06
dertg556
01 September 2009
Snow Leopard compatibility? Any news?
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Version 2.0.5
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Thomas-Wiesehöfer
Thomas-Wiesehöfer
29 July 2010
Oh, I'm sorry, I don't use the contextual menu myself and hadn't even noticed that it doesn't work in Snow Leopard anymore. Since Snow Leopard (in 64-bit mode) doesn't support contextual menu plugins at all, I have added a "service" that can be displayed in the contextual menu in Snow Leopard's Finder. If you find another bug, please e-mail me directly and I'll try to help more quickly. (You can find my e-mail address at the bottom of the readme file.)
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Version 2.06
anonymous-heron-1307
10 September 2008
2.0.4 doesn't seem to find (a recent) iTerm…
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Version 2.0.4
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Thomas-Wiesehöfer
Thomas-Wiesehöfer
06 October 2008
The iTerm developers changed the bundle identifier. OpenTerminal 2.0.5 now recognizes the new identifier.
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Version 2.0.5
anonymous-heron-1307
anonymous-heron-1307
06 October 2008
Thanks !
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Version 2.0.5
Hazmat
26 January 2008
Great stuff! Thanks so much.
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Version 2.0.4
Jgc94131
22 December 2007
In Leopard Terminal now supports Tabs. Will you be updating OpenTerminal to support that?
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Version 2.0.3
1 answer(s)
Thomas-Wiesehöfer
Thomas-Wiesehöfer
25 January 2008
Unfortunately, Leopard's Terminal.app has no "make new tab" AppleScript command. However, OpenTerminal 2.0.4 supports tabs in Terminal windows if you have UI scripting turned on.
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Version 2.0.4
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4.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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