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Download Espanso 2.1.8

  -  5.87 MB  -  Open Source
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    Espanso 2.1.8 LATEST

  • Requirements:

    Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Windows 11

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  • Author / Product:

    Federico Terzi / Espanso

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Espanso is a free programming and productivity utility that can accelerate the ways users can type long and complicated sentences, scripts, and text content during their time at PC at home, school, or work. Developed by a single user, this lightweight application nestles into the taskbar menu and monitors the keyboard text entry for the matching keywords, enabling users to dramatically speed up their text entry.

Main features

Espanso is distributed online as an automated installer that can be easily deployed on any modern desktop or laptop Windows PC. And since it is so light on resources, users will not even feel that it is active and running in the background. Optionally, the sole developer of this app has also offered a fully portable version of Espanso that can be easily deployed on portable storage drives and moved from one PC to another with ease.

This app is so lightweight in its function that even does not have any visual configuration window. To set up new custom shortcuts, users must go to its installation directory and find the file “default.yml”. There they can modify or add new shortcuts by utilizing the simple “trigger:” and “replace:” commands. This simple approach allows more knowledgeable users to create a database of text shortcuts without any limitations, covering all of their daily home, school, and work usage scenarios.

The app can even implement various system data into the pasted text, including things such as current time, date, clipboard data, and more. More advanced users can enhance their typing experience with pre-made packages that are focused on many aspects of typing in categories such as Language, Symbols, Math, Shell, Emoji, Accents, Letters, Greetings, and others.


  • Customizable Text Expansion Tool
  • Supports Text and Code Snippets
  • Cross-platform Compatibility
  • User-friendly Configuration
  • Open-source and Free


  • Limited Advanced Features
  • May Require Configuration for Optimal Performance
  • Requires Manual Entry of Text Abbreviations
  • Steeper Learning Curve for Complex Expansions
  • May Conflict with Other Text Expansion Tools


Originally intended to be used with Rust programming language, Espanso can be utilized by all PC users to set up keywords and shortened phrases that can be expanded into full-blown sentences and even longer pieces of text content.

For the full set of supported commands and the ways keywords and text data can be matched, users are recommended to visit the official website and visit its Documentation page.

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