How to Convert Automator Actions to Apps on Mac

Apple’s Automator is a very useful app for automating tasks and workflows. You can easily use it to create simple and easy to access shortcuts for resizing the images and switch for changing dark/light mode on your Mac. Besides these, you can also convert Automator actions to Apps on macOS.

Since Automator is also available in older versions of macOS, so, you won’t face incompatibility issues. But if you are willing to use Quick Actions, you would need to be running at least macOS Mojave.

SEE ALSO: How to Schedule Emails in Apple Mail with Automator on Mac?

Convert Automator Workflows to Apps on macOS

While Quick Actions can make things faster with just a click, but it doesn’t provide high level of precision. So, if you are willing to make some advanced workflows, you can use Automator workflow and save them as apps. Let’s get started with the steps.

Step 1: Open Automator and Create a Workflow

First of all, launch the Automator app on your Mac. Next, create a new Workflow and customize it according to your requirements.

Launch Automator And Open A Workflow And Modify It As Per Your Requirements
Launch Automator and create a Workflow as per your requirements

SEE ALSO: How to Change Music Files Storage Location in macOS Catalina?

Step 2: Convert Workflow to Application

After you are ready with the workflow, click on the File menu and select Convert To… (alternatively you can use ⌥⇧⌘C keyboard shortcut).

Click On File Menu And Select Convert To
Click on File menu and select Convert To

Next, select Application from the panel. This will convert selected automator actions to apps.

After That Select Application From Convert To Options
Select Application from the panel

INFO: Automator’s Application is kind of standalone workflow which runs on launch or when you drop files/folders on it.


Step 3: Save Automator Action as Application

Now, after you have converted the automator action to application, save this as an app. So, first, click on the File menu and select Save (alternatively you can use ⌘S shortcut).

Click On File Menu And Select Save To Save Workflow As App
Click on File menu and select Save to save Workflow as App

Now, type a name for the app, select Application from File Format drop-down and click Save. Make sure you choose an accessible location for your application. So, that you can find it easily next time.

Give The Workflow As Suitable Name Select File Type As Application And Click Save
Type a suitable name, select File Format as Application and click Save

Step 4: Add the Application to the Finder Toolbar

Now, after you have converted the Automator action to application, you can add it to Finder toolbar for easy access. So, to add this newly created app to Finder toolbar, drag the app to the toolbar while pressing and holding Command + Options keys.

After adding the app to Finder toolbar, you can easily launch it from there by clicking on it. Simply double-click the icon and you are good to go.

SEE ALSO: How to Limit Finder Search to Current Folder on Mac?


Turn Automator Actions into Apps on Mac

Above tutorial explained how you can created and convert Automator actions or workflows to apps in Mac. You can also add them to Finder toolbar for easy access. So, if you are not running Mojave or newer version of macOS, you can use Automator actions to speedup your tasks.

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