How To Run A Script In Autocad

Posted By admin On 22/08/21

I can not run the 'script' file in AutoCAD 2013. Can you suggest how to run script file in AutoCAD 2013. 1 answer 63 views 0 followers How to add a script or wright. AutoCAD Setup - Running a Script There are a few ways to run a script generated with Hurricane. 1) Hurricane can launch a new session of AutoCAD and run the script all in one step (by pressing the 'CREATE AND RUN' button) (Assuming the user has properly SETUP Hurricane). It can be run as the file is opened, while in the file is open, and can run in a loop as a slide show, etc. what does your script do or what programing language is it written it. It seem to be valid. I put the script in an ASCII file with Notepad and renamed the extension to '.scr'. I opened an AutoCAD file and ran your script.


When drawings are created with an AutoCAD “vertical” software like AutoCAD MEP, P&ID, Mechanical and others, the specialized objects that these verticals create may not display in a session of vanilla AutoCAD. These objects may display a box where objects should be. These objects are somteimes referred to as “proxy”objects/entities or AEC objects. There are free add-ons that you can install on your computer called “object enablers” that will display these objects while being opened in a session of vanilla AutoCAD.
Autodesk provides these free objects enablers [here]

Bentley provides object enablers as well but their entire website and forums are a total mess so it is easier and simpler to use google to search for the particular object enabler (Autoplant, ProStructures…)

There are times though that someone may not want to install anything in order to view the drawing. In this case, there is a command within AutoCAD (actually 2 commands…) that let to convert the special objects into AutoCAD objects (solids).
The command is -EXPORTTOAUTOCAD. Notice the minus sign (or dash) before the command. The other command is actually just another way of starting the same command. This other command is AECTOACAD.

The command has a series of prompts and the end result is that it will create a new drawing and converts the objects to AutoCAD objects. If you accept the defaults at the prompts, the new file that is created is the same name as the original file but with the prefix “ACAD-”

That is where the AutoCAD script file comes in handy, it automates the process for you.

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Please save the below code as “Export To AutoCAD.scr” the “.scr” file format is important. This will change the file to an AutoCAD script file. To run this file, simply drag and drop this file into the drawing area, and viola – it is done. You can hit F2 or CTRL + F2 (for AutoCAD 2013) to view the command history to see what it does.

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Several times now I have been asked how to “do something” to every drawing in the project. The last one to come across my desk was to freeze all layers on all drawings project wide. AutoCAD Electrical actually has some really good tools for running scripts. I find myself turning to it even for non Electrical needs quite often.

Here are some examples I have encountered recently:
Updating the company address, or copyright year, on all title blocks
Swapping title blocks on all drawings (Swap/Update Block)
Zoom Extents, set limits, and export PDF
Add company standards (layers, dim styles, ect) to all drawings
Freeze all layers

Pushing a Script Project Wide

This method involves a script file (.scr). A script file consists of only what you would type in the command line. Start Notepad and type everything command there as you would in the Command Line. For example to freeze all layers and then do zoom extents your script file would look like this.

To test a script file simply drag and drop the file into the drawing window. The script will run and you will quickly see if it runs properly. If you script is complex, consider adding notes. Any line started with a semi-colon is ignored by the script file. Add comments starting with a semi-colon to make future edits easier to understand.

And now to run this script on an entire project. Make the desired project active and then choose Utilities from the Project tab.

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In this dialog, select ‘Run command script file’ and select the script file to run. After pressing OK the option for project wide is the default.

Pushing a Script On All Drawings in a Folder

This option is hidden under the Symbol Builder drop down menu. The command is Modify Symbol Library. This utility can be used to simply run an AutoCAD command or to run a script on all files in a folder.

The first thing the command asks for is a folder. After selecting the folder, the following dialog displays. I recommend creating a test folder with only a few drawings to prove out the script before running on a large number of files.
Check the Run AutoLISP box and enter a LISP command.

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This dialog checks your LISP command for proper formatting. If something is wrong the following will display.

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Any AutoCAD command can be run in LISP by simply starting with “command”. Remember all LISP lines are enclosed in parentheses ().

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I entered the following to run my script file… (command '_.script' 'C:LayerLock.scr')
Press Start and sit back while AutoCAD Electrical does all the work.