An alternative for TextExpander




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.

Import your TextExpander snippets

After installing Typinator, you will want to import all your TextExpander snippets.

To transfer your snippets from TextExpander 6, you first need to download your snippet groups from the TextExpander web site: Log in to your account, select Import/Export in the sidebar and switch to the Export tab. From here, you can download your snippet groups as CSV files. To import these files, 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).

If you are migrating from TextExpander 5 and older, import the file Settings.textexpandersettings (in some versions, the file is called Settings.textexpander) in
~/Library/Application Support/TextExpander
within your home folder.

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.

Read what other switchers say about Typinator

Dario B, Cork, Ireland:

As a former TextExpander user, I switched to Typinator and I couldn’t be happier with the switch. I wouldn’t consider myself a power user, but Typinator never failed on me, while Textexpander had few issues and unpredictability.

Bruce Codding, Redwood City, CA, USA:

"Just purchased Typinator after being unsatisfied with TextExpander, aText, and TypeIt4Me. I have more than two dozen snippets, several of which contain input variables. Typinator was the only app that handled input variables accurately and consistently. Congratulations on producing an excellent product. Well worth the price in reduced keyboarding time and accuracy."

Steven Goodheart, Berkeley, MA, USA:

"I'd been using Typeit4me and had tried TextExpander but Typinator just blew them out of the water in terms of speed and ease of use - and its obvious that Typinator is updated far more frequently, a very good thing."

Michael Cavalieri (FileMaker developer, Soliant Consulting), Chicago, IL, USA

"I just wanted to drop a quick note and say I LOVE YOUR APP. I am a FileMaker Developer, and regular computer-junkie, and I don't think Typinator gets its fair share of press. TextExpander, TypeIt4Me: too expensive and clumsy. I love how Typinator is simple, unobtrusive and works!"

Michael Hyatt (CEO Thomas Nelson Publishers), Nashville, TN, USA:

"I love Typinator. I have tried the others, but Typinator is the easiest – by far. It is one of four essential productivity apps I could not live without."

Jon Stokes, San Francisco, CA, USA:

"Typinator is faster & less wonky than TextExpander. Looks like I have a new macro program."

Melissa Johnson (Web designer & developer), FL, USA:

"After only a few tries, I like Typinator so much better than TextExpander, which I demoed for a month."

Read more reviews and user feedback about Typinator here.

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