How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

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These are instructions on how to add a startup sound to Mac OS X.

Step One
Launch Automator from your Applications folder.
How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

Step Two
Click the New Document button.
How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

Step Three
Select Application from the list of document types then click the Choose button.
How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

Step Four
Drag the Run Shell Script action from the list off Actions to the workflow pane on the right hand side of the window.
How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

Step Five
In the text area, type Afplay followed by the full path to the sound file you would like to use as a startup sound. You can also just type Afplay then drag the sound file into the text area.
How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

Step Six
To make sure your sound file plays correctly, click the Run button at the top right of the screen. If you receive a warning that the application will not receive input when run inside Automator, just click OK.
How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

Step Seven
Once you've confirmed that the sound plays correctly, choose Save from the File menu.
How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

Step Eight
Enter a name for the application that you will remember, choose your Applications folder from the Where dropdown menu, and click Save.
How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

Step Nine
To get the startup sound to play at startup, follow these instructions to add it as an OS X startup item.
How to Add a Startup Sound to Mac OS X

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isaiah - December 11, 2016 at 10:22am
Is it possible to do this but for an application's start up?
yourotherform - November 13, 2016 at 10:04pm
Do you know how to startup with a video?
Azzum Waqar - April 8, 2016 at 2:31pm
Thanks!!! but it doesn't play at the very moment you log in, it plays when the system is loading start up items. but great stuff thanks!
AloysiusWee102 - March 3, 2016 at 6:33pm
Great! It worked like a charm! :) thanks ^^
anonymous little helper - January 28, 2016 at 5:21am
For those of you having trouble with the "May only Specify one file to play" message… I did some testing and figured out that, if the file's pathname has a space in it, it doesn't work… e.g. '/user/name/folder/song.mp3' seems to work, but '/user/name name/folder/song song.mp3' does not… at least not on my MBP : )
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