View Full Version : Applescript to move files based on filename

Oct 8, 2009, 07:16 PM
Hello, I am looking for an AppleScript that will move files based on the name of the file.

For example, a file named "johndoe-report1" would be moved to the network drop box for the user "johndoe".

This is for teachers to return graded work to students with minimal effort using a folder action.

Thanks for any input!

Oct 9, 2009, 06:08 AM
This is very basic, but it should get you started:

-- extractFileName expects a string "firstpart-secondpart"
-- text item delimiters set to "-" so it can extract
-- firstpart from secondpart and returns firstpart

on extractFirstName(fileName)
set TID to AppleScript's text item delimiters
set AppleScript's text item delimiters to "-"
set returnName to text item 1 of fileName
set AppleScript's text item delimiters to TID
return returnName
end extractFirstName

-- in your case you'd be better off with a line like:
-- set dropBox to "hard drive:folder:folder:folder:"

on open filez -- filez will be a list of aliases
set dropBox to (choose folder with prompt "Where should files go?") as string -- this works better for this test
tell application "Finder"
repeat with fa in filez -- fn is an alias
set fn to name of fa -- textual name of file
set source to quoted form of POSIX path of fa as string -- mv needs file path in POSIX form
set whoBelongs to my extractFirstName(fn)
set destination to quoted form of POSIX path of (dropBox & whoBelongs & ":")
do shell script "mv -f " & source & " " & destination -- this asks Unix to move the file
-- It's important to note that this script does not attempt
-- to catch fundamental errors. New files will overwrite
-- old files with the same name.
end repeat
end tell
end open


Oct 9, 2009, 06:31 AM
Thanks for the info!! I will give this a try today.