Open in Terminal

Summary: Open Terminal windows for selected/dropped items.
Suggested Key Binding: Command-Control-T
Install Location: ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Finder/
Last Modified: 2019-10-02


Opens Terminal windows for the items selected in the Finder (or the items dropped onto the droplet). If a folder or package is selected, the Terminal window’s working directory will be that folder. If a file is selected, the working directory will be the file’s containing folder.

I recommend saving the script as an application, giving it a Terminal-like icon, and setting LSUIElement to 1 in the Info.plist.

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on run
tell application "Finder"
set l to the selection
my processItems(l)
end tell
end run

on open l
my processItems(l)
end open

on processItems(l)
repeat with i in l
my processItem(i)
end repeat
end processItems

on processItem(i)
tell application "Finder"
if not my canChangeDirectoryTo(i) then set i to i's container
set a to i as alias
set p to a's POSIX path's quoted form
end tell
tell application "Terminal"
do script with command "cd " & p
end tell
end processItem

on canChangeDirectoryTo(f)
tell application "Finder"
if class of f is folder then return true
if class of f is package then return true
if class of f is application file and name of f ends with ".app" then return true
return false
end tell
end canChangeDirectoryTo