AutoIt Books and Resources

AutoIt Books and Resources


This page contains a few of the books and resources that feature AutoIt.

Of course, the best place to learn AutoIt is just to dive into the help file and spend time on the AutoIt Forums.

Books Featuring AutoIt

Here are books on administration and scripting that feature AutoIt (in some small way 🙂 ).  If you have a book that features AutoIt in any way and would like to see a link here then drop me a mail.

AutoIt v3: Your Quick Guide (Andy Flesner, O’Reilly)

AutoIt is becoming increasingly popular in the system administration field as a tool for automating administrative tasks. Although this is one of its more popular uses, you can use AutoIt to automate anything in a Windows environment. This powerful scripting language can run any program and manipulate keyboard and mouse input. With its RunAs support, administrators can perform unattended installations and configuration changes using embedded administrative privileges.

This guide teaches you the foundations of the AutoIt v3 language. You will learn about variables and includes, graphical user interfaces, user-defined functions, and conditional and loop statements. You will then apply what you have learned in examples related to the system administration field. The examples in this Short Cut can be used to create anything from a game modification to a logon script that verifies Windows updates.

Windows Admin Scripting Little Black Book (Jesse M. Torres, O’Reilly)

Windows Admin Scripting Little Black Book

Windows Admin Scripting Little Black Book, 2nd Edition, shows Windows XP and 2003 users and administrators how to perform Windows management and administrative tasks using powerful scripts for just about every important task imaginable. It covers techniques for working with files, input/output, text files, and performing various network administrative tasks through scripting. It explains the concept and necessity of logon scripts, the backbone structure of a good logon script, and how to implement these scripts in an everyday environment to automate repetitive tasks such as inventory, file modifications, installations, and system updates. It also provides an in-depth look into the registry and registry editing tools including locating the important registry keys and values, and modifying them.

The book features example scripts on every new topic covered to reinforce what the reader has just learned. Key scripting topics include manipulating the Windows XP file system, using powerful third-party scripting tools, creating scripts for installing service packs and new applications, automating applications from the command line, and performing Windows XP and 2003 administrative tasks. Everything is included in this book, and users can easily modify or combine the scripts to perform myriad tasks. A bonus introduction chapter is provided showing users how to select the best scripting language and how to get the most out of scripting resources.

[Jon: The book is focused on VBScript but lots of different languages and scripts are looked at, including a few pages on AutoIt2 and AutoItX]