The File Extensions Database

.ACTION File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple
  • Category: Executable Files

What is an .ACTION file?

.ACTION is Automator Action

An ACTION file is a file written in Xcode and used by Automator, a program for creating automations in macOS. It contains a specific action that can be combined with other actions to create an automated process (these processes are saved as .WORKFLOW documents).

Actions are used to automate tasks in macOS, typically with Finder or another program. The actions are especially helpful for repetitive tasks, such as batch creating sequential folders, editing images in Photoshop, or deleting files.

ACTION files may be saved in one of the following folders:

1. /System/Library/Automator

The most common location of ACTION files in OS X.

2. /Library/Automator

The location for ACTION files installed by an administrator but available on all the accounts of the computer.

3. ~/Library/Automator

The location for ACTION files available for specific users.

Programs that open Automator Action
Apple Automator

How to solve problems with ACTION files

  • Associate the ACTION file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any ACTION file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.ACTION files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the ACTION file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .ACTION is Automator Action. Because only the current version supports the latest ACTION file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Apple manufacturer website after an available .ACTION is Automator Action update.
  • To make sure that your ACTION file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.