Automatically Move Downloaded Applications

The first thing I always want to do when a new application is move to ~/Applications. In the past I used Hazel to automate this, but it works just as well with an Automator folder action.

Here’s the actions I set up to do this in Automator:

  1. New folder action.
  2. Receives files and folders from “Downloads”.
  3. Filter finder items > Kind is “Application”.
  4. Move finder items to “Applications”.
  5. Reveal in Finder.

And here’s a screenshot:

move_apps_from_downloads