- Simple script to create a .app of Manuskript for MacOS

I was looking for an application to use on multiple platforms to organize my various writing projects and I came upon Manuskript. It is available on Linux, MacOS and Windows which covers my requirement of multiple platforms.

In order to simplify its use on MacOS I have created a small script that takes your "manuskript" folder, renames it to and creates a symlink to the executable file so that it can be started as an ordinary application on MacOS. So there is no more need to open the folder and then double click the "manuskript" executable as the operating system will now see it as an ordinary application.

How to:

  1. Download Manuskript from here (select the Mac OS X version) and extract the file.
  2. Download my script below and save it to a file, I call it, in the same folder where you downloaded Manuskript.
  3. Start a terminal and move to where you downloaded Manuskript and the file. Make the script file executable chmod +x
  4. Run the file: ./
  5. The folder should be renamed to and when double clicking it the application should start like any other program on MacOS.

The script:


# Functions
function CreateApp {
    #Creates directory for the symlink to the executable
    /bin/mkdir -p $CURRDIR/$APPNAME/$EXECDIR

    #Creates the symlink to manuscript executable
    /bin/ln -s ../../manuskript
    /bin/echo "Done!"
    /bin/echo ""

    #Prints a quick guide to set a custom icon for the app

function RenameFolder {
    #Renames the folder
    /bin/mv manuskript $APPNAME

function PrintGuide {
    # Print a short guide how to set a custom icon for the newly created app.
/bin/echo "Right-click the .app file of which you want to change the icon and select" 
/bin/echo "“Get Info” (or select the file and press ⌘ + I)."
/bin/echo "Drag the icon (.icns file) you want to use over the current default one. It"
/bin/echo "should show a green plus sign when hovering the icon. Release and the icon will"
/bin/echo "update. Done :)"


# Check if there is a folder called manuskript or Manuskript before continuing.
if [ ! -d "manuskript" ] || [ ! -d "Manuskript" ]; then
    /bin/echo "No Manuskript folder found, exiting.."

# Rename folder to Manuskript before continuing.
if [ -d "manuskript" ]; then
    /bin/echo "Folder manuskript found, renaming to Manuskript before continuing."

        /bin/echo "Folder Manuskript found, continuing."

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