AutoIt is a free BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks in a way not possible or reliable with other languages (e.g. VBScript and SendKeys). AutoIt is very small, self-contained and runs on all versions of Windows out-of-the-box with no annoying “runtimes” required!
AutoIt is a stand-alone application with no external .dll files or registry entries required making it safe to use on Servers. Scripts can be compiled into stand-alone executable with Aut2Exe.
Also there is a combined COM and DLL version of AutoIt called AutoItX that allows to add the unique features of AutoIt to our favorite scripting or programming languages!
Basic-like Syntax and Rich Function Set
AutoIt has a BASIC-like syntax which means that most people who have ever written a script or used a high-level language should be able to pick it up easily.
Built-in Editor with Syntax Highlighting
AutoIt comes with a customized “lite” version of SciTe that makes editing scripts easy. Users can also download a complete version of SciTe that includes additional tools to make things even easier.
Standalone and Small
AutoIt is a very small and standalone application with no reliance on massive run times like .NET or VB. All you need to run AutoIt scripts are the main AutoIt executable (AutoIt3.exe) and the script. Scripts can also be encoded into standalone executable with the built-in script compiler Aut2Exe.
International and 64-bit Support
AutoIt is fully Unicode aware and also includes x64 versions of all the main components!
Key and Mouse Simulation
Much time has been spent optimizing the keystroke and mouse simulation functions to be as accurate as possible on all versions of Windows. All the mouse and keyboard routines are highly configurable both in terms of simulation “speed” and functionality.
You can expect to move, hide, show, resize, activate, close and pretty much do what you want with windows. Windows can be referenced by title, text on the window, size, position, class and even internal Win32 API handles.
Directly get information on and interact with edit boxes, check boxes, list boxes, combos, buttons, status bars without the risk of keystrokes getting lost. Even work with controls in windows that aren’t active!
Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)
AutoIt provides facility to create some complex GUIs – just like those below :