Mac OS X: Launch Terminal from keyboard shortcut

Published September 27, 2012

OSX as is doesn't allow users to set keyboard shortcuts to launch applications, but there are a bunch of 3rd-party softwares and workarounds to achieve that.

If you don't want to use a 3d-party app then the best way to do that is creating a service that just launches an application, and then bind it to a given keyboard shortcut. Let's start:

  1. Open Automator.app and choose new "Service" document

    Automator screenshot

  2. In the right tab, set "Service receives" to "no input", then drag and drop "Run AppleScript" action to the workflow:

    "Run AppleScript" is located under "Utility" section.

    Automator screenshot

  3. Set the content of the script to:

    on run {input, parameters}
    
      tell application "Terminal"
        reopen
        activate
      end tell
    
    end run
  4. Save the document as "Open Terminal" (or whatever) and close Automator.app
  5. Go to System Preferences->Keyboard->Keyboard Shortcuts->Services, then scroll until you find your new service under General section and assign it a shortcut.

    Prefpane screenshot

Note

This works with all of the applications, you just have to replace Terminal with what you want.

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