How to roll your own simple BitID Mac desktop app with UI

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Prep

  • Make sure you have Python 2.7 installed
  • Download SimpleBitID
  • You’ll need to comment out “import _winreg as wreg” in SimpleBitID.py to make it work on a Mac
  • I commented out “print rawuri” and put “print rep.reason, rep.status” for line 39 in bitidpy.py. (This is just for style points.)
  • Make a small encrypted disc image using the Disk Utility. I called mine “Personal” (as opposed to my “Work” drive), so that the system mounts the disc image as /Volumes/Personal/
  • Move the SimpleBitID-0.05 directory onto this disk image. I put mine in a directory called BitID.

In Automator

BitID Automator Workflow

BitID Automator Workflow

Make an Automator workflow that looks like the screenshot to the left of this paragraph.

Save your Automator workflow as an application. You can put it on your desktop or anywhere that you want to keep it.

How to use

When you find a site that uses BitID authentication, (here’s an example), right-click on the bitid: link and click “copy link.”

Run your new Automator application. It will prompt you for the bitid: link. (Illustrated below)

Paste the link into the prompt.

If everything works like it does on my computer, you’ll see a “success” notification pop up:

Let me know if this works for you—or if it doesn’t. :P

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2014-4216,
    title = {How to roll your own simple BitID Mac desktop app with UI},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2014-08-12,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2014/08/12/how-to-roll-your-own-simple-bitid-mac-desktop-app-with-ui/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "How to roll your own simple BitID Mac desktop app with UI" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 12 Aug 2014. Web. 10 Dec 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2014/08/12/how-to-roll-your-own-simple-bitid-mac-desktop-app-with-ui/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2014, Aug 12). How to roll your own simple BitID Mac desktop app with UI [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2014/08/12/how-to-roll-your-own-simple-bitid-mac-desktop-app-with-ui/

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