AutoHotkey VS espanso

Compare AutoHotkey vs espanso and see what are their differences.

AutoHotkey

AutoHotkey is a powerful and easy to use scripting language for desktop automation on Windows. (by AutoHotkey)

espanso

Cross-platform Text Expander written in Rust (by federico-terzi)
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AutoHotkey espanso
392 68
1,057 3,510
1.2% -
0.0 1.6
12 months ago 2 days ago
C++ Rust
GNU General Public License v3.0 only GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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AutoHotkey

Posts with mentions or reviews of AutoHotkey. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-18.
  • Insert Text on Hotkey Press
    On Windows, take a look at AutoHotKey: https://www.autohotkey.com/
  • How do I do a redo if my shift button is broken?
    https://www.autohotkey.com/ should be able to switch keys around.
  • Meine Freundin zeichnete mal ihre Erfahrungen im home office auf (Softwareentwicklerin)
    reddit.com/r/de | 2021-10-18
  • AFK Script that works in background!!!
    reddit.com/r/roblox | 2021-10-18
    The script uses Autohotkey and automatically enables and disables itself - it will not interrupt on your gameplay and you can play Roblox while it is running if you wish.
  • [GHUB/AHK] Auto-mine script that clicks mouse, pauses to recover stamina, steps forward, repeat ⛏️ perfect for moat building. Bonus - autorun
    reddit.com/r/valheim | 2021-10-17
  • [GHUB/AHK] Auto Mine script, Autorun script, No stamina lost during Mining, moves forward 1 step between each mine. Not a cheat.
    reddit.com/r/valheim | 2021-10-16
  • How to force a reboot on a schedule?
    reddit.com/r/Starlink | 2021-10-16
    Look at a program called Autohotkey. https://www.autohotkey.com/
  • Is there any way to prevent alt+enter from putting Steam into Big Picture Mode?
    reddit.com/r/Steam | 2021-10-15
    There is a tool called https://www.autohotkey.com/ that allows you to rebind any keys or shortcuts as you want. You can use that tool to disable this shortcut globally or just when Steam window is active. To do the latter use the following code for you AutoHotkey script: #IfWinActive, ahk_exe steam.exe !Enter::return The first line ensures the rebind works only when steam.exe is the active window and the second line rebinds Alt+Enter to nothing.
  • Can I fully program keyboard keys with WORDS?!
    reddit.com/r/keyboards | 2021-10-14
    AutoHotKey is very popular for Windows but hard to use and might take a while to set up. https://www.autohotkey.com/
  • Read File And Open Associated URL?

espanso

Posts with mentions or reviews of espanso. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-08.
  • Espanso register Permission denied
    reddit.com/r/espanso | 2021-10-21
    I'm sorry you experienced this problem! Please read this thread for a working solution: https://github.com/federico-terzi/espanso/issues/648
  • [ASK] How can a keyboard shortcut for typing something into various applications be set up in Wayland?
    reddit.com/r/wayland | 2021-10-16
    I think that using a text expander app like https://espanso.org/ might help you with this use case.
  • Ways to transfer snippets from TextExpander to Espanso?
    reddit.com/r/espanso | 2021-10-16
    Thank you for the feedback! As of now, there is no automatic way to do so :( I've opened a feature request, though it's unlikely to be implemented anytime soon: https://github.com/federico-terzi/espanso/issues/797
  • Browser extension for text expansion
    I currently use espanso for text expansion. However its a bit finnicky, and most of my work is in a browser.
  • TextExpander alternative?
    reddit.com/r/macapps | 2021-10-08
    I’ve heard good things about https://espanso.org/
  • Trigger a "tab"
    reddit.com/r/espanso | 2021-10-04
    See: https://github.com/federico-terzi/espanso/issues/286
  • Request: Freemium Macro
    reddit.com/r/software | 2021-09-23
  • Is it possible to make this behavior while typing...
    reddit.com/r/emacs | 2021-09-23
  • Tech show 'n' tell: Armenian text expander
    reddit.com/r/armenia | 2021-09-13
    It is made with espanso as the text expander engine, and it uses this [0] espanso package build for the Armenian text expansion.
  • Obsidian In Colour Woes - Package installer not working correctly "espanso install obsidian-in-colour --external"
    reddit.com/r/espanso | 2021-09-10
    Thanks for reporting this issue! This seems like a bug, could you please open an issue on Github? https://github.com/federico-terzi/espanso/issues

What are some alternatives?

When comparing AutoHotkey and espanso you can also consider the following projects:

PowerToys - Windows system utilities to maximize productivity

kmonad - An advanced keyboard manager

Hypixel-Cobblestone-Mining-Script - Undetectable, Anti-antiafk, 50-75% efficient [guesstimate] (for collection exp) depending on how long your cobblestone generator is.

PoEAutoFlask - Automates the use of buff style flasks for Path of Exile

ModernFlyouts - A modern Fluent Design replacement for the old Metro themed flyouts present in Windows.

PuloversMacroCreator - Automation Utility - Recorder & Script Generator

AutoHotInterception - An AutoHotkey wrapper for the Interception driver

rust - Rust for the xtensa architecture. Built in targets for the ESP32 and ESP8266

AutoKey - AutoKey, a desktop automation utility for Linux and X11.

terminal - The new Windows Terminal and the original Windows console host, all in the same place!