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What is Hammerspoon?

This is a tool for powerful automation of OS X. At its core, Hammerspoon is just a bridge between the operating system and a Lua scripting engine.

What gives Hammerspoon its power is a set of extensions that expose specific pieces of system functionality, to the user. With these, you can write Lua scripts to control many aspects of your OS X environment.

How do I install it?

Manually

  • Download the latest release
  • Drag Hammerspoon.app from your Downloads folder to Applications

Homebrew

  • brew install hammerspoon --cask

What next?

Out of the box, Hammerspoon does nothing - you will need to create ~/.hammerspoon/init.lua and fill it with useful code. There are several resources which can help you:

What is the history of the project?

Hammerspoon is a fork of Mjolnir by Steven Degutis. Mjolnir aims to be a very minimal application, with its extensions hosted externally and managed using a Lua package manager. We wanted to provide a more integrated experience.

What is the future of the project?

Our intentions for Hammerspoon broadly fall into these categories:

  • Ever wider coverage of system APIs in Extensions
  • Tighter integration between extensions
  • Smoother user experience

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