Reading a Text File Into an AppleScript Variable

This is one of those things that you’ll probably do a lot. It’s not too hard in AppleScript but there are a few tricks. Note that there are a wide variety of ways to read from a file, such as reading in a certain number of characters, or until a certain character is encountered.

Reading a Text File Script Screenshot :

Reading a Text file Into an AppleScript Variable

Reading a Text file Into an AppleScript Variable

I generally prefer to read the entire file into a variable and work from there for speed and simplicity.

Apple Script Source Code :

set theFile to (choose file with prompt “Select a file to read:” of type {“TEXT”})

open for access theFile

set fileContents to (read theFile)

close access theFile


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