Simulate stroking keyboard keys into another application/window while taking screenshots to create a
Create repeatable, editable, automatable example usage of:
- Terminal/shell programs.
- Code snippets.
- Proof-of-concept for hacks.
- Other text input.
On Mac with Homebrew:
brew tap joelpurra/joelpurra brew install shell-keystroke-animator
On other systems:
Clone or download, then either use
shell-keystroke-animator/src/keystroke-animator directly where you put it, or symlink
keystroke-animator. Required bash 4+ and ImageMagick. Note that
shell-keystroke-animator is not expected to work on anything but Mac OS X, without modifications.
Quickly focus another application/window, where you want your keystrokes to go and animation be created from, as soon as you’ve started
Running the software creates a series of
.png images, and an
output.gif in the same folder you started it from (
cat "my-keys.txt" | keystroke-animator [--no-shadow] [countdown [keysleep [linesleep [endsleep]]]]
my-keys.txtSequence of keys/characters to read from
stdinand then “type”, one by one.
--no-shadowTurn off application window shadows (optional). Useful if the background of the window isn’t white.
countdownPre-script countdown, in integer seconds (optional).
keysleepTime to sleep between keys, in seconds (optional).
linesleepTime to sleep between lines, in seconds (optional).
endsleepTime to sleep at the end of the animation, in seconds (optional).
- Doesn’t work great with Terminal commands which take longer than
linesleepto execute fully.
- The software isn’t designed to handle special characters. Only linebreaks (
\n) are treated differently, and is sent as the ↵ (return) key.
- Tested on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite - please add support for any other platforms you like!
ttyrecFor inspiration. Shame I couldn’t get those programs to work properly.
- houbysoft’s AskDifferent answer to the question Can a Mac be programmed to simulate pressing a key at a certain rate via software?
Copyright (c) 2015 Joel Purra http://joelpurra.com/ All rights reserved.
When using shell-keystroke-animator, comply to the MIT license. Please see the LICENSE file for details.