I had this stupid idea: At work, we love to share dad jokes. And I know that there is a site called https://icanhazdadjoke.com/ which when I
curl it returns a dad joke. So why not make a mac app that fetches a dad joke and reads it out loud?
But I didn't even know where to start building a Mac app. I've built a lot of things, but never a Mac app. So I decided to start making a bash script instead. It looks like this:
JOKE=$(curl https://icanhazdadjoke.com) say -v Daniel "$JOKE" exit 0
This script will assign the dad joke from the website to a variable called
JOKE. Then I call the
say command which is a native Mac OS command that reads a string out loud. I pick the voice named
Daniel to have a consistent British feel to the delivery of the joke.
I could easily run this and have a lot of fun. But, I wanted to share this with my colleagues. I wanted to turn the bash script into a Mac app.
It turns out that if you create the folder structure of a Mac app and use the bash script as the
main.command it actually works. You can see the result here: https://github.com/kennethlarsen/dadjoke.app
Create Your Own App
If you have your own bash script you would like to turn into a Mac app then start by forking my dad joke app. Then:
- Edit Info.plist to contain your name and info.
- Add your bash script to main.command
- Replace cmd.icns with your own icon
That's it! Now you can
zip it and send it to your friends.