Forum Question: How to update Apps in iTunes automatically with applescript?

Dear MacMost team
How do I update my apps in iTunes automatically. I am already using your scrip for “UpdateAllPodcasts” ( – it’s simply great! How do I do the same for my Apps? First, I tried to create a workflow with Automator. Unfortunately, recording did not work out properly since Automator either did not know the command or could not properly record the clicks done (i. e. “choose Apps”). Second, I tried to write a script but I could not bring it to live so far since I am just a beginner in scripting.
I would highly appreciate your hints.
Thanks for simplifying my life!
Erich Muff

Comments: 4 Responses to “How to update Apps in iTunes automatically with applescript?”

    12/26/10 @ 1:54 pm

    If there is no Automator action for it, then you can’t really do it. So it isn’t something you can automate. You’ll just have to update once a week or so. Is there some pressing reason why you need to automatically download updates to apps?

      Junior Ore
      11/25/11 @ 10:59 am

      Automatic regular updates would be very beneficial, so when I back up the iPhone/iPad to the Mac once a month or so I wouldn’t have to wait for the gazillion app updates to download to iTunes before I can even get started.

        11/25/11 @ 11:00 am

        I would definitely backup/update more often than once per month. I would recommend once per day. If you do that not only will you be safer from disasters, but you won’t have that many app updates each time.
        You can also use the App Store app to update your iPhone when it is hooked up to any wifi.

    Mark Petereit
    12/4/12 @ 5:37 pm

    I created a script to do exactly this by navigating the UI elements hierarchy. Unfortunately, the iTunes 11 upgrade changed the UI element hierarchy and broke my script. I haven’t been able to figure out how to address the pop over from the “Music/PodCasts/Apps/etc” button on the main screen.

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