Platypus makes it easy to share scripts and programs with people who are
unfamiliar with the command line interface. Native, user-friendly
applications can be created with a few clicks. It is very easy to
create installers, droplets, administrative applications, login items,
status menu items, launchers and automations using Platypus.
- Apps can display graphical feedback of script execution as progress bar, text window with script output, droplet, WebKit HTML rendering or status item menu
- Apps support receiving dragged and dropped files or text snippets, which are then passed to the script as arguments
- Apps can execute scripts with root privileges via the macOS Security Framework
- Apps can register as handlers for URI schemes and send user notifications
- Apps can be configured to run in the background (LSUIElement)
- Set own application icon or select from presets
- Set app's associated file types, identifier, version, author, etc.
- Graphical interface for bundling support files with the script
- Command line tool for automation and build process integration
- "Profiles" can be used to save app configurations
- Built-in script editor, or linking with external editor of choice
- Extensive documentation and many built-in examples to help you get started
- Fast, responsive native app written in Objective-C/Cocoa
Platypus is free, open source software distributed under the terms of the three-clause BSD license and has been continually maintained and developed for a very long time (since 2003). The source code is available on GitHub.
If Platypus makes your life easier, please make a donation to support continued development.
The latest version is Platypus 5.4.1, released on October 22nd, 2022. Platypus and Platypus-generated applications require macOS 10.11 or later, and are Universal 64-bit Intel/ARM binaries. The main Platypus application and command line tool are Apple Developer ID signed.
Platypus can also be installed via Homebrew (may not be latest version):
$ brew install --cask platypus
If you want to target macOS 10.8-10.10, use version 5.3.
If you want to target 10.6 and/or 32-bit Intel systems,
version 4.9 continues to work just fine.
Platypus lets you select one of several different user interfaces for your script.