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Automate Opening Zoom MacOS

At work we have daily standups using Zoom and my colleague Ryo asked if it was possible to automate the opening of the Zoom app in the correct meeting group at a specific time every day.

Steps:

  1. open terminal

  2. crontab -e

  3. 57 8 * * 1-5 ~/openZoom.sh

  4. 'esc' and ':wq' to exit crontab

  5. create ~/openZoom.sh with the following :

    #! /bin/bash -l

    open https://zoom.us/j/

  6. chmod +x ~/openZoom.sh

Crontab syntax

I have used 57 8 * * 1-5 ~/openZoom.sh and I will break that down command by command:

  • 57 - minutes past the hour
  • 8 - hours
  • * - day (month i.e. it could be fourth day of the month)
  • * - month (i.e. it could be 2 and thus February)
  • 1-5 - day (of the week, I have used 1-5 so Mon-Fri)
  • ~/openZoom.sh - executes the ~/openZoom.sh file

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