Getting Started with Astro

Astro is a command-line tool and automation framework for macOS, designed to help developers and power users automate repetitive tasks, manage files, and work with the terminal more efficiently. Here’s a brief tutorial on how to get started with Astro:

Installing Astro

Astro can be installed using the Homebrew package manager, which is pre-installed on macOS. Open Terminal and type the following command to install Astro:

Copy codebrew install astro

Creating your first Astro script

Once Astro is installed, you can create your first Astro script. Open Terminal and navigate to the directory where you want to create the script. Then type the following command:

csharpCopy codeastro init myscript.astro

This will create a new file called myscript.astro in the current directory. You can open this file in your favorite text editor to edit the script.

Writing an Astro task

An Astro task is a unit of work that Astro can perform. To create a task, add a new section to your myscript.astro file using the following syntax:

pythonCopy codetask mytask {
  # Task code goes here

You can replace mytask with any name you like. The code inside the task will be executed when you run the task.

For example, here’s a simple task that prints a message to the terminal:

pythonCopy codetask hello {
  print("Hello, world!")

Running an Astro task

To run an Astro task, open Terminal and navigate to the directory where your myscript.astro file is located. Then type the following command:

Copy codeastro mytask

This will run the task named mytask. You can replace mytask with the name of any task in your script.


That’s a brief overview of how to get started with Astro. There are many more features and capabilities in Astro that can help you automate your workflow, such as file management, process management, and more. You can learn more about Astro by reading the documentation or exploring the built-in help system.

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