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?

  • There seem to be a lot of answers suggesting tools for automating inputs to GUIs, for instance as one would see in test automation. This is not what the question is asking about. Please have some understanding of the Automator software in Mac OS X when answering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_macOS_components#Automator
    – rakslice
    Jan 2 '20 at 0:57

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."


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.


Well, there's xnee and its version with a GUI gnee.

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.


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.

  • Well, it seems like it is not meant for Linux. Maybe it was at some point given it's Java roots. 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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