AutoIt - Best Macro and General Script for Windows

"I found out about using AutoHotkey last week, but it seems to have a confusing syntax for the script. Then I try AutoIt and it is amazingly simple. Here is the small diference between them that makes me like AutoIt better:

AutoHotkey - Run "C:\Windows\hh.exe"
AutoIt - Run("C:\Windows\hh.exe")

You see that in AutoIt they have parantheses for the syntax which I think make it very clear to read and code. I highly recommended for people that want to code macro scripting for automation on Windows to give a try AutoIt. It is more powerful and also it has a very nice IDE called SciTE4AutoIt3." - Richard

AutoIt v3 is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks in a way not possible or reliable with other languages (e.g. VBScript and SendKeys). AutoIt is also very small, self-contained and will run on all versions of Windows out-of-the-box with no annoying "runtimes" required!
AutoIt was initially designed for PC "roll out" situations to reliably automate and configure thousands of PCs. Over time it has become a powerful language that supports complex expressions, user functions, loops and everything else that veteran scripters would expect.


  • Easy to learn BASIC-like syntax

  • Simulate keystrokes and mouse movements

  • Manipulate windows and processes

  • Interact with all standard windows controls

  • Scripts can be compiled into standalone executables

  • Create Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)

  • COM support

  • Regular expressions

  • Directly call external DLL and Windows API functions

  • Scriptable RunAs functions

  • Detailed helpfile and large community-based support forums

  • Compatible with Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista

  • Unicode support

  • Digitally signed for peace of mind

  • Works with Windows Vista's User Account Control (UAC)

AutoIt has been designed to be as small as possible and stand-alone with no external .dll files or registry entries required making it safe to use on Servers. Scripts can be compiled into stand-alone executables with Aut2Exe.
Also supplied is a combined COM and DLL version of AutoIt called AutoItX that allows you to add the unique features of AutoIt to your own favourite scripting or programming languages!

Best of all, AutoIt continues to be FREE - but if you want to support the time, money and effort spent on the project and web hosting then you may donate using the link to your left in the menu.