New Terminal for Window

Summary: Makes a Terminal window for working on the current window’s file.
Requires: BBEdit 6.5
Suggested Key Binding: Command-Shift-1
Last Modified: 2019-10-02


This script opens a new Terminal window and sets the working directory to the parent folder of the current document. So, for instance, you can invoke the script and type “make<enter>” to compile/LaTeX/whatever the current file.

By default, the script is bound to Command-!, because the roughly equivalent “shell-command” feature in Emacs is bound to M-!.

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tell application "BBEdit"
if class of window 1 is disk browser window then
set s to selection of window 1
set f to alias 1 of s
set f to file of window 1
end if
end tell

tell application "Finder"
set c to f's container as alias
set p to POSIX path of c
end tell

tell application "Terminal"
do script "cd " & quoted form of p
end tell