The File Extensions Database

.CACTION File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple
  • Category: Executable Files
  • Format: Text

What is an .CACTION file?

.CACTION is Automator Converter Action

Conversion action performed by Automator, an Apple OS X program; bridges actions whose types of provided data (AMProvides property) and accepted data (AMAccepts) do not match; installed in the same system directories ACTION files are located, e.g., /System/Library/Automator folder; users are usually unaware of this file because Automator converts between actions automatically and does not display the conversion actions.

Automator enables the user to bypass programming normally required to create automations. The user can easily create .WORKFLOW documents by building individual actions into a complete task by dragging and dropping them into an Automator workflow. Automator gives the user the ability to repeat tasks in different programs, such as the Address Book, iCal and the Safari web browser.

NOTE: Both CACTION and .ACTION files can be developed using Apple Xcode IDE.

Programs that open Automator Converter Action
Apple Automator
Apple Xcode

How to solve problems with CACTION files

  • Associate the CACTION file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CACTION file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CACTION files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CACTION 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 .CACTION is Automator Converter Action. Because only the current version supports the latest CACTION file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Apple manufacturer website after an available .CACTION is Automator Converter Action update.
  • To make sure that your CACTION file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.