The easiest way to install espanso on macOS is by using the Homebrew package manager, but you can also do it manually.
The first thing to do is to add the official espanso tap to Homebrew with the following command:
brew tap federico-terzi/espanso
Then you can install espanso with:
brew install espanso
To make sure that espanso was correctly installed, you can open a terminal and type:
At this point, you have to Enable Accessibility to use espanso.
Because espanso uses the macOS Accessibility API to work, you need to authorize it using the following procedure:
Open a terminal and type the command:
A dialog should show up, click on “Open System Preferences”, as shown here:
Then, in the “Privacy” panel click on the Lock icon (1) to enable edits and then check “espanso” (2), as shown in the picture:
Now open the terminal again and type:
If everything goes well, you should see the espanso icon appear in the status bar:
If you now type
:espanso in any text field, you should see “Hi there!” appear!
At this point, you are ready to read the Getting Started tutorial.
Hi! I'm Federico, the creator of espanso. I developed espanso in my (little) spare time and I decided to make it open source because I thought it could be useful to many people.
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