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Note: The new script engine "ScripterNG" is currently being integrated into Scribus. The next steps will be:

  • get the script engine to work (should already be ok)
  • get the editor to work (i'm stuck there)
  • revise the structure of the API
  • add new functions to the API

Scripter NG non-complete documentation about architecture

Here ist documentation about the current scripting component in Scribus:

  • Scripter API -- Routines which can be used in scripts to control Scribus
  • Databases -- Scripts can interact with database software like MySQL or SQLite
  • Alessandro Rimoldi's blog series on scripter functions - a_l_e's blog

This wiki is capable of letting users download raw code embedded into the pages. Here is how: - Wikitext for Raw Code Download

Pure Python Functions

The open() function is a pure python function and does not involve any Scribus code. Here are some pages with advices on how to handle unicode file names in python:

- - -

The string returned by the Scribus fileDialog() function is always Unicode UTF-8 encoded.

If file is not closed after python error within Scribus: This is up to you to handle python exceptions, Scribus cannot do that in your place

Script snippets

Needs some snippets

This section contains snippets you can use to create your own scripts.

It features:

  • reading a file
  • updating a status bar
  • selecting a frame
  • pausing the screen update

Script Template

Here is a script template with all setups. Use it as a starting point for writing your own script, fill in your application specific code. script template main(). There is also a template called within Scribus Script directory.

Iterate over all elements on a page

page = 1
pagenum = scribus.pageCount()
content = []
while (page <= pagenum):
    d = scribus.getPageItems()
    for item in d:
        // do something
    page += 1

Get content like text from a frame

content = []
d = scribus.getPageItems()
for item in d:
    if (item[1] == 4):
        contents = scribus.getAllText(item[0])
        if (contents in content):
            contents = 'Duplication, perhaps linked-to frame'
        elif (item[1] == 2):
            imgname = scribus.getImageFile(item[0])


  • ItemType1 = 1,
  • ImageFrame = 2,
  • ItemType3 = 3,
  • TextFrame = 4,
  • Line = 5,
  • Polygon = 6,
  • PolyLine = 7,
  • PathText = 8,
  • LatexFrame = 9,
  • Multiple = 99

Auto-Output all Scripter Commands

From Scribus User Mailinglist Feb. 2012

d = dir(scribus)
for j in d:
       exec 'res = '+j+'.__doc__'
       if res[0:5] == 'float':
           print '\nCONSTANT:\n',j,'\nVALUE: float'
           exec 'print '+j+'\n'
       elif res[0:5] == 'int(x':
           print '\nCONSTANT:\n',j,'\nVALUE: integer'
           exec 'print '+j+'\n'
       elif res[0:5] == 'tuple':
           print '\nTUPLE:\n',j,'\nVALUE:'
           exec 'print repr('+j+')\n'
       elif res[0:4] == 'str(':
           print '\nSTRING:\n',j,'\nVALUE:'
           exec 'print repr('+j+')\n'
           print '\nFUNCTION:\n'+j+'\n\nSINTAX:'
           print res
   except: pass

Image Manipulation

  • Objects: Images -- Example Scripts that manipulate images in a Scribus document

Beginners Scripts

Link to Script Scripter commands demonstrated
newDocument, createRect, setCornerRadius, setLineWidth, setFillColor, setLineColor, saveDocAs
newDocument, createLine, setLineWidth, setLineColor, setFillShade, createRect, saveDocAs
newDocument, createLine, setLineWidth, setLineColor, zoomDocument, saveDocAs
newDocument, createEllipse, setLineWidth, setFillColor, setFillShade, saveDocAs, currentPage, setHGuides, messageBox, statusMessage, progressReset
haveDoc, createLayer, getActiveLayer, setActiveLayer, createText, setUnit, setText, setTextColor, setFontSize, rotateObject
haveDoc, valueDialog, getUnit, setUnit, getPageSize, getPageMargins,
defineColor, createEllipse, setLineWidth, setLineColor, setFillColor, createLine, getPageSize, createRect
valueDialog, getColor, getLayers, createLayer, setActiveLayer, setHGuides, setVGuides, getHGuides, getVGuides, createText, setTextColor, insertText, setFontSize, setLineSpacing, defineColor, createRect, groupObjects, createLine, setLineColor, setLineWidth, createEllipse, haveDoc, messageBox
haveDoc, getUnit, setUnit, getPageSize, getPageMargins, setMargins, messageBox, statusMessage, progressReset
haveDoc, setUnit, valueDialog, createLine, setLineWidth, setLineColor, setFillColor
haveDoc, createLine, setLineWidth, setLineColor, setFillColor, createText, setFont, setFontSize, setTextAlignment, valueDialog, messageBox, docChanged
createColor(), newDoc, createLine, setLineWidth, setLineColor, setFillColor, createLayer, setActiveLayer, createText, setFont, setFontSize, setTextAlignment, selectText, setTextDistances, valueDialog, messageBox
haveDoc, valueDialog, createLine, setLineWidth, setLineColor, setFillColor, createText, setTextColor, setText, setTextAlignment, setFont, setFontSize, rotateObject
haveDoc, valueDialog, setUnit, createLine, setLineWidth, setLineColor, setFillColor, createText, setTextColor, setText, setTextAlignment, setFont, setFontSize
fileDialog, haveDoc, setUnit, valueDialog, createLine, setLineWidth, setLineColor, setFillColor, createPolyLine
valueDialog, messageBox, haveDoc, importSVG – much of the script involves mathematical calculations
getPageSize, fileDialog, createImage, setScaleImageToFrame, setFillColor, setLineColor, getImageScale, sizeObject, haveDoc, messageBox
This is an old script (Scribus, so be sure to check the precise names of commands. If you find errors, let us know or edit the wiki page to correct.
messageBox, createLine, setLineColor, haveDoc, statusMessage, progressReset
There is a minor usage of Scribus commands here, but it does show how to set up a Tkinter dialog for multiple variable entry.
newDoc, newPage, createText, setText, setTextAlignment, setFont, setFontSize
This is almost a script fragment even though it could work on its own. What it shows is the basic operation to import information from a simple structured text file and incorporate into a document. Could be adapted for mail merge, for example.
haveDoc, selectionCount, getSelectedObject, setScaleImageToFrame, getImageScale, scaleImage, docChanged
not sure if this script works
haveDoc, selectionCount, getSelectedObject, setProperty, moveObject, docChanged
replaceColor, docChanged
This is a "script-let" really, but quickly shows how to change or delete colors in a document. No checking for errors.
haveDoc, fileDialog, messageBox, pageCount, getPageItems, gotoPage, getAllText, getImageFile
valueDialog, messageBox
This is a utility that just happens to run in Scribus, using the valueDialog and messageBox to do what the title says.
getPageSize, getPageMargins, createText, setFontSize, setTextAlignment, insertText, getColorNames, statusMessage, progressTotal, getColor, progressSet, haveDoc, openDoc, fileDialog, messageBox, getColorsFromDocument, newDocument, setUnit, deleteColor, defineColor, valueDialog, newPage, createRect, setFillColor, setLineColor
messageBox, valueDialog
haveDoc, selectionCount, messageBox, valueDialog, getSelectedObject, pageCount, currentPage, gotoPage. Also shows use of Python split function for parsing the input from valueDialog. copyObject and pasteObject are new commands that you will only have once you follow the directions to install them into your svn directory and rebuild Scribus.
getColors(), defineColor(), replaceColor(), deleteColor()
getColors(), defineColor(), replaceColor(), deleteColor()

Basic scripts

Scripts which give you ideas how you can solve your tasks.

Full functional scripts

Scripts that are ready for achieving specific tasks

Scripting new Scribus' functions

Scripts which sketch new features which may be included in future releases of Scribus

Extension scripts and PyQt

Python issues


Pages in category "Scripts"

The following 93 pages are in this category, out of 93 total.





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