I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your AutoHotkey needs. I’ll add to it as I find or learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page as often as i can. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
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MY MOST RECOMMENDED
If you look at nothing else on this page, these are the four that you should know about. I find myself recommending these resources again and again, in emails and on forums. I use them because they make my life easier, and I’m confident you’ll agree too.
A Beginner’s Book to AutoHotkey: I was very pleased with the eye-level style of this e-book, making it a gentle beginner’s guide, it provides plenty of useful tips and some best practices all shown with screenshots and some fun comics. Programming seems daunting to many people, Jack the author, does what he can to make it fun. In a lot of ways he succeeds. I feel, I got my money’s worth in the first 5 minutes.
99Designs.com: I get a lot of questions about where to find a good designer. At 99designs, dozens of talented designers compete to deliver the best design for your creative needs—from logos to loading screens to full UI concepts. Get a design you’ll love — guaranteed. Let the community of more than 1,065,000 designers create dozens of designs for you, 100% money-back guarantee and full copyright ownership of the final design.
Udemy: I recommend Udemy as it is a great portal when looking for a way to learn new techniques and tactics, or any other interest you may have. I have used Udemy myself to learn more about the programming world. My biggest advice is to browse through the many hundreds of courses being provided before choosing the one most adequate and fitting to your needs. The courses often have a real 1-on-1 mentorship feel something I think is a very beneficial thing.
SciTE4AutoHotkey: One of my biggest AHk coding regrets is how long I waited before using a text editor with syntax highlighting for writing my script code. Fincs from the AutoHotkey community created SciTe4ahk, a fantastic tool to help you more easily write scripts. I use it every day and I love it.
Namecheap: 99% of my websites are hosted on Namecheap. Why? Because it’s incredibly easy to use with 1-click automatic WordPress installation and excellent customer service via phone or chat. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Namecheap for your first site. Also, you can use the same hosting account for multiple domains if you plan on creating more websites.
GETTING STARTED GUIDES
- AutoHotkey Beginner Tutorial by tidbit – This is a great place to get started learning about what you can do with Autohotkey and how.
- AutoHotkey Expression Examples by David W. Deley – Great content filled with working AutoHotkey Expression examples.
- SciTE4AutoHotkey: This is the Autohotkey script editor that I use to write anything – from example code to blog posts, video scripts, copy and pasting formatted text.
- AHK Studio: Another tool I sometimes use, a simple Ahk editor on steroids. Through my work with many ahk users, I know that this too is a widely used and really useful Autohotkey editor, frequently updated and filled with great features.
- A Beginner’s Guide to AutoHotkey – A great starter book for learning Autohotkey. It provides plenty of details in a conversational style but it won’t take you to some advanced level, I recommend it as a gentle beginner’s guide.
- AutoHotkey Applications – This is more an intermediate level book going over and showing useful applications you can make with AutoHotkey. Many of the guides / scripts discussed are quite simple but can be quickly implemented by anyone who has used the basic commands of AutoHotkey, increasing the reader’s understanding of AutoHotkey as a scripting language.
- Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better – I will admit to being a sucker for books like this. I love books that offer ways to improve your time management, limit interruptions, and streamline your life. Lifehacker helps you do all that and more. It is the most practical book I have read on this subject, and I promise that it will improve the way you work.
- Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total Beginners – This book goes beyond basic programming language introduction and examples by giving some really useful examples of things one might use day-to-day and that’s why it might be a good read for you too!
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss, Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich: An awesome book maybe not the best in the entire world but i do hear others reference this quite a bit too.
- The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau: This book rocks! It’s a sweet blend of The 4-Hour Work Week (but more realistic), and Rework (but more actionable).
- ahkTuts: Tutorial videos aimed for people with not much programming experience and that are new to AutoHotkey.
- AboutScript: A 10 part series of video tutorials about the AutoHotkey scripting language.
- JSZapp.com Videos: All the YouTube videos from the JSZapp.com’s blog posts and tutorials.
- Joe Glines’s Autohotkey playlist: A playlist with about 50 AutoHotKey videos. The videos are mostly just demonstrating the application of Autohotkey code, not always actual “how to” on the code itself.
SCRIPT PROTECTION – It is impossible to 100% protect a Autohotkey script
- Code Protection: Discussion about code obfuscation.
- Decompiling: Forum topic about decompiling and what can be done to prevent it.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – FAQ
- Official AHK FAQ: A good list of about 40 commonly asked things.
- Unofficial AutoHotkey FAQ: A categorized list of important forum threads, which answer the most frequently asked questions concerning AutoHotkey.
GETTING HELP FROM OTHERS / OUTSOURCING
- AutoHotkey.com Board: Great place to get help with Small and Medium-sized issues.
- Ahkscript.org Forum: Best place to get answers to your Medium to High-level Autohotkey qustions.
- 99Designs: This is a unique website that you can use if you need a logo or UI design. It’s in a contest format. You submit the description of what you want, and designers will compete against each other to win money.
- AutoHotkey Foundation: Is a non-profit LLC (Limited Liability Company) founded for the software “Autohotkey”.
- Autohotkey license: The Autohotkey source has the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2, June 1991
- Ok to sell – Discussion about selling AutoHotkey scripts.
- LegalZoom: Easy online incorporation or LLC creation, can help you with almost any legal solution you need.
OTHER AUTOHOTKEY SITES
- Autohotkey.com: The first official website for autohotkey still the site with the most active users and members to date.
- Ahkscript.org: Home of the AHk Foundation and a community consisting of the active AutoHotkey developer(s) as well as other enthusiasts.
- Computoredge.com: ComputorEdge Online is primarily an AutoHotkey site/resource exploring the use of the scripting language in all versions of Windows.