How to Compile an AutoHotkey Script


AutoHotkey is a macro language program written to run tasks automatically in Windows. It simulates mouse movements and key strokes, re-maps keys and replicates numerous Windows management functions. Scripts can be compiled into EXE format, so they can be run on other Windows computers, providing a portable way of running programs without having to re-code the script. AutoHotkey is a macro language in its own right, and is not related to other computer languages such as Visual Basic. It is a free and open source utility program.

Things You'll Need

  • AHK file suffix AutoHotkey scripts
  • Navigate to the AutoHotkey file you would like to compile in Windows. It will have an ".ahk" suffix.

  • Right click on the file. The Explorer context menu will have a "compile script" option. Click on the option to compile the script. This generates an ".exe" version of the AutoHotkey script with the same name.

  • Run the exe file by double-clicking on it. The script will now run as an exe file.


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