Using AppleScript With Things

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2019 05:14PM CEST

Using AppleScript on your Mac, you can create scripts to interact with Things.

Read the documentation

We’ve created a PDF to outline what’s possible with AppleScript. View or download it here. Please note that not all of Things’ features have been added yet, so if it’s not documented in this guide, it’s not currently possible.

If you run into a bug with something that is documented in the guide, let us know, but please understand that we can’t assist with the writing or troubleshooting of custom scripts.

Add scripts to your menu bar

Once you’ve created a script, you can add it to Things’ menu bar at the top of your screen.

For example, here’s a script for showing a to-do’s creation & modification dates:

Download Script

Once you’ve downloaded the script, follow these steps to add it to your menu bar:

  1. Quit Things.
  2. In Finder, navigate to ~/Library/Containers/com.culturedcode.ThingsMac/Data/Library/Application Support/Cultured Code/
  3. In that folder, create a new folder and name it Things Scripts.
  4. Move the script into that folder.
  5. Open Things again.
  6. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, check that the scripts menu has appeared (it will show a script icon).
  7. In Things, select a to-do, then click the script in the menu to run it.

This should display the creation and modification dates in a separate window.

Any other scripts you add to that folder will also appear in Things’ scripts menu. To make running a script easier, you might consider setting a custom shortcut for it in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts > + > Things.




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