autorun
Multiplatform add/remove of executables to run on startup
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Autorun

Multiplatform add/remove of executables to run on startup

Run an executable on system start using AppleScript on Mac or the registry on Windows. Used in this node-webkit App: Pullover. Supports callbacks or promises (Promises/A+ compatible).

Supported Platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac

How to use

var Autorun = require('autorun');
var autorun = new Autorun('AppName', '/Applications/pullover.app');

// Check if platform is supported
if (autorun.isPlatformSupported()) {
  // Check if autorun is enabled using callback
  autorun.isSet(function(err, enabled) {
    if (err) console.log(err);
    console.log('Autorun is ' + ((enabled) ? 'enabled' : 'disabled'));

    // Toogle autorun using promises
    if (enabled) {
      autorun.disable()
      .then(function() {
        console.log('Autorun disabled');
      })
      .catch(function(err) {
        console.log('Error disabling autorun', err);
      });
    }
    else {
      autorun.enable()
      .then(function() {
        console.log('Autorun enabled');
      })
      .catch(function(err) {
        console.log('Error enabling autorun', err);
      });
    }
  });
}

If you supply a callback it will be called once the operation is done. If you don't supply a callback, a promise will be returned.

Function reference

Autorun(appName, executablePath)

Constructor. If no appName was given, AutorunApp will be used. If no executable path was given, it will search for the current executable. Take a look at _getPathToExecutable() for more details.

isPlatformSupported() : bool

Check if platform is supported by this module.

isSet([callback]) : [promise]

Check if autorun is enabled. Returns an error if platform is not supported.

enable([callback]) : [promise]

Enable autorun. Returns an error if platform is not supported.

disable([callback]) : [promise]

Disable autorun. Returns an error if platform is not supported.

Errors

Will be returned as err parameter for callbacks or using reject for promises. An error object looks like this:

{
  name: 'AutorunEnableFailed',
  description: 'Could not enable autorun using the registry',
  platform: 'win', // os.platform()
  cause: {  // optional, if this error was triggered by another error
    name: 'ChildProcessFailed',
    description: 'Child process failed',
    output: '...', // Optional: output of the failed process
    cause: { ... }
  }
}

Possible error names are: PlatformUnsupported, AutorunEnableFailed, AutorunDisableFailed, AutorunIsSetFailed, ChildProcessFailed

How it works

Under Mac AppleScript is used to create a new login item. The only way to differentiate between login items is by their executable path. So make sure to always supply the correct executable path. An error is thrown under Mac if the executable does not exist. Under Windows the registry is used to add/remove an item to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Windows identifies the item by it's AppName, so make sure to always use the same.

License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2014 Christoph Groß <gross@blubyte.de> (http://chris-labs.de)

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