AutoHotkey VS wincompose

Compare AutoHotkey vs wincompose and see what are their differences.


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


🔣 Compose Key for Windows (by samhocevar)
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AutoHotkey wincompose
391 45
1,057 1,743
1.2% -
0.0 8.8
12 months ago 7 days ago
C++ C#
GNU General Public License v3.0 only GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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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.
  • How do I do a redo if my shift button is broken? should be able to switch keys around.
  • Meine Freundin zeichnete mal ihre Erfahrungen im home office auf (Softwareentwicklerin) | 2021-10-18
  • AFK Script that works in background!!! | 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 | 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. | 2021-10-16
  • How to force a reboot on a schedule? | 2021-10-16
    Look at a program called Autohotkey.
  • Is there any way to prevent alt+enter from putting Steam into Big Picture Mode? | 2021-10-15
    There is a tool called 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?! | 2021-10-14
    AutoHotKey is very popular for Windows but hard to use and might take a while to set up.
  • Read File And Open Associated URL?
  • Highschool student hacks entire districts IoT network for Rickroll senior prank | 2021-10-12
    Yup, you can still do that. AutoHotkey is a wonderful tool for this. You can intercept input events globally, and transform them or send completely different events to the target app.

    For example, I use AutoHotkey to implement my JKLmouse program, which turns certain keyboard events into mouse movement for precise control. It's similar to the MouseKeys that comes with Windows, but made for laptop keyboards without numeric keypads.

    And yes, you could definitely do that Minesweeper hack in AutoHotkey! :-)


Posts with mentions or reviews of wincompose. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-14.
  • Lokalne seljacine i drugi encounteri | 2021-10-18 za Windowse, ostali imaju built-in.
  • Can I fully program keyboard keys with WORDS?! | 2021-10-14
    WinCompose is also pretty great, it has all the shortcuts predefined for you. I don't know how LaTeX works so this might not be what you're looking for.
  • An easier way to em dash
    I like to use WinCompose, but if all you want is "---" to convert to "—", I created a thing called AutoDash which does exactly that for you.
    Your dreams are now reality. And that reality is called WinCompose. Basically, it lets you type any special character you want, just by typing some small sequence of characters. (It's what I use.)
  • Que pensez vous du clavier AZERTY? | 2021-10-13
  • Caps Lock: This key is almost never used in games. Why is there no native function in Win which simple disables it so that we can all use an additional key without the annoyance of checking for caps lock when tabbing into Win/Borswer? | 2021-10-12
    You';ve had some good suggestions but I'm going to add this to the pile: WinCompose lets you rebind Caps Lock (or any other key) to be a 'Compose' key, which lets you finally have speedy access to many, many unicode characters and shortcuts: ° © ď æ Æ ½ ¼ ℉ ℃ and loads more.
  • Looking for my first 60% mechanical keyboard. And I'm kinda lost. | 2021-10-09
    You mention that you are non-native English speaker, and as /u/kludgeO rightly mentions, special characters might be a concern. I write in 4 languages at work only one of which does not need special characters. For this I use the compose key on Linux, and WinCompose on Windows. This takes some getting used to at first and it is less convenient than having direct access to é and ä for example, but I just typed those two characters without thinking as they are already in my muscle-memory. As a bonus, the compose-key lets you write characters that are not in your layout without remembering cryptic codes. For example neither €, ×, …, ø, ţ nor å are on my keyboard but I can easily type them.
  • Ć Programming Language | 2021-10-08
    Right-Ctrl C ' if you have a compose key (built in on Linux, WinCompose[1] for Windows, no clue for Mac).


  • Python OE Keyboard
    A couple of years ago when searching for an easier way to enter special characters, I lucked into común across a program called WinCompose. It's light on system resources and simple to use. I can't say enough good things about it.
  • Make a phonetic pangram in your conlang. | 2021-10-01

What are some alternatives?

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

PowerToys - Windows system utilities to maximize productivity

kmonad - An advanced keyboard manager

espanso - Cross-platform Text Expander written in Rust

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

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

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

AutoHotInterception - An AutoHotkey wrapper for the Interception driver

PuloversMacroCreator - Automation Utility - Recorder & Script Generator

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

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

ggez - Rust library to create a Good Game Easily

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