Accessibility and Automation Permissions

  1. In order for Hookmark to communicate with any app, you need to grant it “accessibility permissions”.

  2. You need to give Hookmark permission to interact with that particular app.

macOS restricts how applications can access and interact with the system and other applications. To create links between applications, Hookmark needs your authorization to communicate with them. The first time Hookmark runs it will ask to be granted “accessibility permissions”, and will not be able to function until they are granted.

What are accessibility permissions?

Accessibility permissions allow an application to control your computer. They’re needed to automate actions, or to interact with other applications. You should only grant accessibility permissions if you understand why an application needs them.

Why does Hookmark need accessibility permissions?

Accessibility permissions allow Hookmark to send AppleEvents to get links from and open links to other applications.

The scripts which Hookmark uses to interact with other applications are all available for interested users to read (and edit) in the Scripts pane of Hookmark’s Preferences.

Even after you grant Hookmark permission to control your computer, MacOS will still prompt you to give permission for each new application you use Hookmark with.

How to grant Accessibility permission

When you run Hookmark it will ask you for authorization to control your computer. If you agree it will open System Preferences and guide you through the authorization process. If you quit without granting permission, macOS might show the same authorization prompt the next time you launch the application.

If you deny Hookmark permission to interact with a specific application and later change your mind, you can open Security & Privacy > Privacy > Automation, find the application in question under Hook.app, and check its box.

Click here to open the Security & Privacy > Privacy tab > Accessibility on your mac.

How to revoke Accessibility permission

Revoking permissions can be done from the MacOS System Preferences. Simply find Hookmark under Security & Privacy > Privacy > Accessibility and uncheck its box. If you revoke accessibility permissions Hookmark will not work properly until you grant them again.

Automation permissions

In addition to general “accessibility”, Hookmark also needs automation permission for any app that you want it to control.

Click here to open the Security & Privacy > Privacy tab > Accessibility on your mac.

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