Switching from TextExpander to Typinator




Read what former TextExpander users say about their experience with Typinator.


During the past, we could welcome many former TextExpander customers who switched to Typinator because they were unsatisfied with TextExpander and wanted a more robust and speedier solution. Now that TextExpander has switched to a subscription-based pricing scheme, more and more TextExpander users are switching to Typinator and we are swamped with inquiries, how to smoothly switch from TextExpander to Typinator without loosing your snippets.

We have prepared this page to summarize what you need to know for an easy transition from TextExpander to Typinator.

Our license policy

First, you should know that our license policy is not subscription-based and we don't have any plans to change that. You pay for a license that covers a major version and all corresponding minor versions (such as 7.x). This means that you get many updates and improvements for free. Updates to the next major version typically cost half of the full price.

For more information, please see our license policy and pricing pages.

Try before you buy

Before you pay for Typinator, we invite you to try it. We distribute all our software on a “try before you buy” basis. First download and install Typinator and test it for a while. If you are satisfied (we are confident that you will be), visit our online store to purchase a license key.

Order now and save

Textexpander crossgradeDue to popular demand, we have decided to welcome former TextExpander customers to the subscription-free world of Typinator with a special crossgrade discount. If you order via this link now, you get Typinator at 25% off.

This offer is valid until the end of February 2017 and does not apply to upgrade orders. Please enter your TextExpander license key in the comment field to prove your entitlement.

Import your TextExpander snippets

After installing Typinator, you will want to import all your TextExpander snippets. One way to do this is to use TextExpander's "File > Save a Copy of Group" command to save your groups one by one, then import these group files into Typinator. To import a file, you can either use Typinator’s Import command (click the “Action” toolbar icon, then select “Import…” from the Sets submenu) or just drag the file from the Finder into Typinator’s set list (the list to the left in the Typinator window).

For importing TextExpander snippets into Typinator, we recommend using Typinator 7.0 or newer, which has an improved import function for transferring all TextExpander groups to Typinator at once.

To import all TextExpander snippets into Typinator, locate TextExpander's settings file, which is named "Settings.textexpandersettings" and can be found in the folder ~/Library/Application Support/TextExpander. On newer versions of OS X, the Library folder may be invisible. To quickly open it, open the “Go” menu in the Finder and press the alt/option key. The “Library” folder will then appear. Once you have found the Settings file, import it into Typinator as described above.

Quit TextExpander

Important: Quitting TextExpander is an essential step. When both TextExpander and Typinator are active, you may get unexpected results when both of them try to expand the same abbreviations at the same time. You should also make sure that you remove TextExpander from your login items, to avoid activation of TextExpander when you start up your computer the next time.

Enjoy Typinator


Differences between TextExpander and Typinator

Typinator’s philosophy differs in some aspects from TextExpander’s. For example, Typinator does not have “fill-ins” (it has powerful input forms and variables instead), it uses different (more flexible) techniques for scripts (AppleScript, JavaScript, etc.), and it does not make suggestions.

Typinator does not have dedicated options for capitalizing sentences and fixing DOuble CAps. Instead, Typinator provides predefined sets with regular expression patterns to achieve the same result.

In most cases, you will find that your imported sets (the “groups” from TextExpander) work similarly in Typinator, but you may need to get used to some of Typinator’s more specific features. For example, Typinator does not have any special options for delimiters. Instead, it has a simple “whole word” checkbox that helps to type abbreviations naturally without needing to adjust technical details.

Special features of Typinator

Once you are up and running with Typinator, you will probably want to check out some of the more advanced features of Typinator that are not available in TextExpander. Among these features are

  • powerful regular expression sets for replacing complex patterns,
  • built-in functions for text processing in expansions,
  • HTML expansions for advanced formatting options in mail clients,
  • includable text files and pictures,
  • calculations,
  • powerful date and time functions,
  • and much more.

Explore on your own

To explore the world of Typinator, we recommend that you check out Typinator’s User's Guide, which is built-in in Typinator and contains many useful and inspiring usage tips. To open it, simply click the “?” button in the bottom left of the Typinator window.

Once you are familiar with the basics of Typinator, we also recommend that you check out the following sources of information:

We are here to help

If you have any further questions, please check out the User's Guide and the FAQ page first. If you cannot find answers to your questions there, feel free to contact us.

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