Automator: How to run multiple copies of the same application

Many users do not realize what a vast possibilities provides such a powerful tool like Automator. At first glance, the program is quite complex to learn, but understand, you can see that the control is pretty intuitive and clear. Today we will talk about the way that will allow you to run multiple copies of the same application.

From time to time macOS users may encounter the need to run the same application in multiple instances. Alas, the operating system does not offer an easy way to do it. However, this issue can be solved with Automator.

As an example, take the built-in Calculator app.

  • The first thing we need to run application to automate actions. This can be done through Spotlight, or in any other convenient way;

  • In the opened window select “New document”, specifying the section “Program”;
  • After creation, we find using the search option “Run Shell script”;
  • Now we need to prepare the needed application.
  • Start The Terminal;
  • Typed the command open -n and the inserted space;
  • Drag it into the Terminal window the desired application from “Applications” or “Utilities”. The path will be automatically duplicated. Copy this code into the Automator window;

  • In our case, the code would look like this: open-n /Applications/Calculator.app

  • You’re done! Maintain our program, giving it any name.

It’s time to test — run created utility. If everything is correct we will see a new copy of our application. The second instance of the program can dock in the dock bar. Note that this option works not with all apps. However, most of the built-in tools works without any complaints.

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