Mac OS X: Launch Terminal from keyboard shortcut27 Sep 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:
Open Automator.app and choose new "Service" document
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.
Set the content of the script to:
- Save the document as "Open Terminal" (or whatever) and close Automator.app
Go to System Preferences->Keyboard->Keyboard Shortcuts->Services, then scroll until you find your new service under General section and assign it a shortcut.
This works with all of the applications, you just have to replace
Terminal with what you want.