Automate downloads folder structuring

My downloads folder is finally structured. For this I used the Folder Action in Automator. This is a workflow that triggers when a new file is added to a certain folder.


The automator in Mac OS X provides a drag-and-drop programming experience. I dragged the Filter Finder Items and the Move Finder Items into the workflow. The Filter Finder Items validates the downloaded file is an Application. The Move Finder Items moves the downloaded Application to the applications folder.


After saving the folder action/workflow you can find it under the Services context menu of the Downloads folder.



I’ve created a Folder Action for disk image and application. When I download a new file type I will create a new Folder Action.

A little less time in the Not Important eisenhower box and more time to be productive.

About erictummers

Working in a DevOps team is the best thing that happened to me. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
This entry was posted in Tooling and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.