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Mac OSX - Allow for user input in shell script via GUI or Prompt


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first time post so please let me know how I could improve..

I created a shell script which requires a person to input their name and then generates a report. The script works as needed when chmod'd into an executable script and run from terminal. But, I would like to deploy it and have it be a double click kind of solution instead of instructing people to run it from terminal..

I tried wrapping the script in Platypus which makes it easy to launch BUT it doesn't allow for input from the user, which is critical..

I just found cocoaDialog but my main concern is if it will provide the functionality I need and if it will do so without having everyone else install it...

Has anyone ever been in this situation or can offer and pointers.

Thank you.


From what I understand I would recommend you look in to Applescript as this will allow you to have a GUI Interface as well as executing 'SHELL' commands.

First of all I would open 'Script Editor' program that comes preinstalled on Mac's

This is an example script which asks for the user's name then says it via executing a shell command "say name"

display dialog "What is you name? " default answer "" buttons {"Say It"} default button 1
text returned of the result
do shell script "say " & result

You may also append with administrator privileges to the do command which will make it run with administrator privileges (Ask for administrators username and password)


display dialog "What is you name? " default answer "" buttons {"Say It"} default button 1
text returned of the result
do shell script "say " & result with administrator privileges

Hope this helped.


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