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AHK File Extension

AutoHotkey Script

What is AHK file?

AHK is a text file format used by AutoHotkey application. AutoHotkey program is used for automating GUI tasks by executing code in AHK files. AHK files can be edited manually, but the process requires working knowledge of AutoHotkey scripting language. Errors in AHK files may cause the script to not work properly or at all.


AutoHotkey program is capable of automating execution of pointer or keyboard device commands in various applications, such as games, and can be used to create macros. AutoHotkey offers users the option to create custom key mappings to launch scripts. Creating AHK scripts can be a difficult process that requires careful planning and time.

Programs which support AHK file extension

Programs that can handle AHK files are as follows. AHK files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support AHK file

Windows Windows

Updated: 03/22/2023

How to open file with AHK extension?

Being unable to open files with AHK extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with AHK extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install AutoHotkey software

Install software to open AHK file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening AHK files is that no program that can handle AHK files is installed on user’s system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download AutoHotkey and install it on your device. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download AutoHotkey installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update AutoHotkey to the latest version

Update software that support file extension AHKIf you already have AutoHotkey installed on your systems and AHK files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why AHK files are not compatible with AutoHotkey. The most recent version of AutoHotkey is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open AHK files to AutoHotkey

After installing AutoHotkey (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open AHK files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with AHK file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the AHK with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where AutoHotkey is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open AHK files and clicking OK.
Associate software with AHK file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the AHK file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select AutoHotkey and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with AHK extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the AHK is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the AHK file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check AHK file for viruses
1. The AHK may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the AHK is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the AHK file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the AHK file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the AHK file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with AHK extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the AutoHotkey Script file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run AutoHotkey

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support AHK files. Close all running programs and try opening the AHK file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with AutoHotkey Script file. It may be the case that the AHK files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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