ACTION File Extension

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Automator Action
  • Developer
    Apple
  • Popularity
    3.5 (8 votes)

What is ACTION file?

ACTION file is a executable file format used by Automator software utility available for Mac OS X operating system. The purpose of this software is generating automation commands to control operating system processes. ACTION files store specific actions or combinations of such actions written in Xcode language.

Creating process automations using ACTION files

Actions stored in ACTION files can be combined with other functions to create more advanced action combinations. Process automations created in such way are enormously helpful in workflows that consist of repetitive tasks – especially those on larger scale – as they eliminate the need of user intervention or reduce such intervention to a minimum. Created automation processes are stored as document files with WORKFLOW extension.

Custom ACTION files

ACTION file library is implemented in Automator by default so that all basic functions are readily available. Beside access to standard ACTION files, users can download files with custom functions from Apple website.

Advanced users can create their own ACTION libraries from scratch and use them to execute custom tasks.

Location of ACTION files

Custom ACTION files downloaded from Apple website should be saved in proper directory for them to work properly. ACTION files is Mac OS X system can be saved in one of the three directories:

  • /System/Library/Automator

  • /Library/Automator

  • ~/Library/Automator


Programs that support ACTION file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the ACTION file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the ACTION file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the ACTION file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the ACTION file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the ACTION file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the ACTION file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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