Question or issue on macOS:
I want to open an application like TextEdit or Firefox in Mac OS using Python and wait till the applications exits. I can’t figure out exact command to open an app and wait.
How to solve this problem?
Solution no. 1:
I don’t know how to do it in applescript, but you can do this by using the
/usr/bin/open UNIX-level OS X command. This snippet will open TextEdit.app and block, waiting for it to quit before continuing:
import subprocess subprocess.call( ["/usr/bin/open", "-W", "-n", "-a", "/Applications/TextEdit.app"] )
Look at the open man page (
man open) and the python subprocess module documentation for more details.
Solution no. 2:
tell app "Whatever you want" to open
Call from Python
import os os.system("""osascript -e 'tell app "Safari" to open'""")
Solution no. 3:
You can open any application like this example
import os os.system("open /Applications/Google\ Chrome.app") os.system("open /Applications/Todoist.app") os.system("open /Applications/WhatsApp.app")
Solution no. 4:
You can close any app on osx (like Chrome or Safari) with this in python:
import os os.system("pkill Chrome")