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I once tested Mac OS X and something that called my atention was Automator, a software to visually create scripts to automatize tasks on the desktop. Is there any Linux alternative for this software?

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There is Gnu Xnee, which enables you to record and replay actions on the desktop. You can install it from the software center.

"GNU Xnee is a suite of programs that can record, replay and distribute user actions under the X11 environment. Think of it as a robot that can imitate the job you just did."

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Or click here: apt.ubuntu.com/p/xnee –  Source Lab Aug 10 '10 at 14:23
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how to launch xnee, I'v installed xnee as sell as Gnee. from terminal Gnee shows error and xnee isn't a command –  Gaurav Butola Nov 13 '10 at 17:25

Well, there's xnee and its version with a GUI gnee install. You can find it in the software center or install it via

sudo apt-get install gnee

Screenshots and documentation are available on the GNU xnee page.

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If you're feeling adventurous, you could try out Sikuli. It's a computer-vision-based, cross-platform GUI automator with a slick IDE. It wasn't developed on Linux, so the Linux documentation is a little thin; however, it's pretty intuitive, and most of the non-Linux documentation applies.

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As a third solution, you can take the trip to the Java world by taking a look at Actions, which closely mimics Automator look and feel.

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Well, it seems like it is not meant for Linux. Maybe it was at some point given it's Java roots. –  Vineet Reynolds Oct 28 '12 at 7:12

The options mentioned above all sound okay, and I've tried gnee - but Xpresser seems to be quite reliable and easy to use, if you don't mind a bit of scripting.

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