Create mac app from a shell script
Ever thought of having an application to run it directly instead of multiple shell commands?
And won’t it be cool to just convert your shell script into a Mac application and use it just like any other mac applications?
So let’s learn today to create mac app from a shell script.
Before jumping into the application creation, we will quickly see how an application folder structure in Mac looks like:
The bare minimum folder structure is something like below that you will find for any applications in Mac.
│ └── MacOS
│ └── (app-name)
So now let’s get started. We need mainly three things for our application:
- An executable shell script which will make your shell script as an application.
- Your actual shell script to make it as an application.
- Add an icon to your application. (Not Mandatory but looks cool like real app)
Let’s walk through these steps one by one:
- An executable shell script which will make your shell script as an application:
- Now have your script file with .sh extension ready and run the below command to make you shell script as a Mac application.
- appify your-shell-script.sh “Your App Name”
- Add an icon to your application:
This one is very simple.
- Just copy any image you want as the app icon.
- Right-click your new application select “Get Info”.
- Select the app icon on the top left corner by clicking it just once.
- and then either hit ⌘ + V to paste it or go to ‘Edit’ from menu link and select paste.
- With this, it will overwrite the default icon with your new icon.
Now your application is ready to use just like any other application.
Below is a quick simple demo example to see the above process in action:
I hope this post will help you learn how to create mac app from a shell script.