script to automate GUI application (newbie)

Grig Gheorghiu grig.gheorghiu at
Tue Jan 18 11:22:25 EST 2005


If your app is written in Java, take a look at Marathon
( It uses Jython as its scripting
language and it's pretty smart about how it does automation (i.e. it
doesn't look at screen coordinates, but at control names). It also
offers a capture/replay functionality, and it automatically builds the
Jython script that drives your flow of actions. You can then edit and
enhance the script manually.


bogdan romocea wrote:
> Dear Python experts,
> I have a GUI application (Windows; apparently written in Java) which
> want to use through a script (without a mouse or keyboard). First,
> of several buttons needs to be clicked (no keyboard shortcuts
> available, but I can measure the coordinates in pixels from the top
> left corner of the window to the center of the button to be clicked).
> Then, a window with a few drop-down lists pops up - I have to make
> choices and click OK (it's possible to navigate from one drop-down to
> the next with Tab, and hit Enter for OK).
> I want to run the script above from code (if this then click "... and
> OK") and perhaps by means of several desktop shortcuts (one shortcut
> for each set of GUI inputs).
> Is such a script possible? If yes, how do I get there? I searched
> comp.lang.python but didn't find something directly applicable (or so
> it seemed to me - I'm a beginner). Directions (and sample code, if
> possible) will be warmly appreciated.
> Thank you,
> b.
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