Help! How do I remove automator services and folder actions!?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bpetruzzo, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. bpetruzzo macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2005
    I've been fooling around with Automator for a few hours trying to look for little ways it can handle my repetitive stuff. I've figured out some pretty neat tricks, but I also have a slew of unwanted folder actions and services in my context menus and for the life of my I can't figure out how to get rid of them!

    The folder actions are especially problematic since they mess with my files automatically.

    Googling it isn't turning up anything nor can I seem to find anything in Apple's help documents. Is this some kind of huge joke being played on me here or something? Has no one ever wanted to disable their automator tasks before or something?

    Someone, please help! I'm pulling out what little hair I have left! :(
  2. MaskingTape macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
    Services that you make are located in yourname/library/services

    Just find the one you want to delete and delete it.

    Folder actions I'm not too sure. Can't you just right click the folder, select folder actions and remove them that way?
  3. kvannatten macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2010
    Doing that will only disable them, it will not remove them from the list Folder Action Setup List - which is what I'm trying to figure out as well.

    It's like they exist in some other hidden location altogether.

    If anyone has a clue as to where these are stored that'd be great.
  4. kvannatten macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2010
    I figured it out.

    I didn't realize the directory was in the User Folder/Library/

    All other info I had seen indicated it was in /MacHD/Library

  5. nashyo macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2010
    thank you!
  6. blasikin macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2011
    Help! How do I remove automator services and folder actions!?

    Thank you! I was getting clones of photos replicating themselves infinitely on my desktop everytime I added a new photo there!
    OS now puts it in USER/Library/Workflows.
  7. ruzbehv macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2012
    This worked best for me.

    Go to Automator > Services > Services Preferences

    You will find all your custom workflows there.
  8. allenawatson macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2011
    I got rid of folder actions entirely by running the script:
    Library:Scripts:Folder Actions:Disable Folder Actions.scpt

    I first tried removing all folder actions from each folder with the Remove Folder Actions script (same folder), but the process Folder Actions Dispatcher still kept running and gradually consuming more and more memory. The Disable script got rid of it. I think there is a serious problem with Folder Actions in Yosemite Beta 3 (and Beta 2 for that matter).
  9. reschool macrumors newbie


    Jul 20, 2015
    I have been trying to locate and remove some "dud" folder actions that I created as I taught myself how to use Automator.

    Open Finder,
    Find username/folder you are dealing with (not the icon in the sidebar the actual folder within finder)

    Right click on folder concearned>

    [Now, Either]
    Hover over "Services" >
    Folder Actions Setup


    Click on Folder Actions Setup.

    (some Macs are different on where to locate this)

    This opens a dialogue box and offers you to add more workflows/actions... click "Cancel"

    The screen you are left with allows you to uptick/uncheck the useless actions or even (and my favourite bit) highlight and delete (by clicking on the " - " button) to neaten it up.

    You can also edit any faulty folder actions in Automator with the click of a button then simply "save" and quit automator and the folder actions are updated once they have been tested as working.

    I hope this helped. I know I spent at least 3 hours trying to find the correct search terms in Google to find this. This is separate from the Services and script editor.

    Deleting automator scripts and deleting automator folder actions are not the same thing.

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