What programs are available for Linux that can give a context sensitive automation like AutoHotKey for Windows. a few example of things that I would like to do.

  1. Replace ]d with the current date, when typed.
  2. Map Ctrl+Enter to Tab,Tab,Enter when on a Chrome browser with Google+. For quick posting.
  3. Replace a string "mysig" with a signature when either Gmail is pulled up or when an evolution new mail window has the focus.

What options are there for this? I would really like a program that is independent of all others so that I can have shortcuts and hot-strings map across all programs. I've really gotten used to the date string and a few others that are very handy.

  • can I ask the obvious - why not install autohotkey for linux as per the question and answer? askubuntu.com/questions/6237/…
    – fossfreedom
    Jul 29, 2011 at 20:53
  • @fossfreedom That answer suggests using AutoKey, not AutoHotKey, completely unrelated programs, but otherwise I agree... Jul 30, 2011 at 2:36

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AutoKey can do everything you're asking for. You can find it in the Ubuntu Software Centre.

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    Ooh! Looks like its python based as well! <3 Feb 12, 2015 at 20:19

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