Command line scripts

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Scribus 1.5.1 allows to use the command line to launch scribus with a script to be launched at start. Various options enable to specify the behaviour

  • -py <> or --python-script <> : specifies the name of the script to be launched
  • -g : No GUI. Scribus wont display any dialogs or windows and will exit once the script is ended
  • --python-arg [list of flags or argument-names and their values] : allows to pass arguments to the script. This option and its parameters have to be the last option on the command line, just before the name of the SLA document that scribus opens.

Example of command line script

Create the following '' script file :

import scribus
scribus.setText('Name', 'Text1') # get 'Name' and 'Address' from database
scribus.setText('Address', 'Text2')
pdf = scribus.PDFfile()
pdf.file = 'output1.pdf'

Then run scribus as follow:

scribus --python-script

and you have your output1.pdf file created!

Example of command line script with argument

Debuging script

Script to print the required height for a text to be imported into a textframe

That '' script receives a text filename as a command line argument, opens it, puts its content in the first text frame of the Scribus document and adapts height of the text frame to fit the text. It then prints the required height and exits.

  • create script
  • have a sample.txt ready with some text inside
  • create somedocument.sla scribus file having at least a 'Text1' textframe on one of its page (this is the default name for the first created textframe in english UI scribus : It will be Texte1 for french UI. So adapt to your UI langage or rename the textframe using the Property Palette )

Launch script with arguments :

scribus -g -py --python-arg -storyfile sample.txt somedocument.sla

'' script :

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

""" : Imports into text1 textframe the content of -storyfile option textfile and adapts height of the text frame to fit the text.
Return the computed depth of the text frame

Run with the command line
	scribus -g -py --python-arg -storyfile sample.txt depthtemplate.sla

- sample.txt is the text file to measure.
- depthtemplate.sla is a document with a single, empty text frame.

Tested with scribus 1.5.0

Author: William Bader

11Aug14 wb initial version
15Dec14 wb get the file name from STORYFILE
19Aug15 wb get the file name from the command line
13Sep15 change comment to fit merged version syntax for arguments


# check that the script is running from inside scribus

	from scribus import *
except ImportError:
	print 'This script only runs from within Scribus.'

# get the os module

	import os

except ImportError:
	print 'Could not import the os module.'

# get the sys module

	import sys

except ImportError:
	print 'Could not import the sys module.'

def main(argv):

	# The first text frame of the current document defines the style

		storyfile = ""

		i = 1;
		while i < len(argv):
			if argv[i] == "-storyfile":
				storyfile = argv[i+1]
			i = i + 1

		if storyfile == "":
			print 'Warning: -storyfile not given, checking environment'
			storyfile = os.environ['STORYFILE']

		print 'Error: Pass the story file with the --python-arg-storyfile argument or the STORYFILE environment variable'

		storytext = open(storyfile, 'r').read()
		print 'Error: Story file "', storyfile, '" not found.'

		print 'Error: The document does not have an object called Text1.'

		print 'Error: The document does not have a text frame.'

		ov = textOverflows()
		width, depth = getSize()
		if ov:
			baddepth = depth
			gooddepth = 100
			baddepth = 0
			gooddepth = depth
		while baddepth < gooddepth:
			trydepth = (baddepth + gooddepth) / 2
			sizeObject(width, trydepth)
			tryov = textOverflows()
			if tryov:
				baddepth = trydepth + 0.0001
				baddepth = baddepth + 0.0001
				gooddepth = trydepth
		sizeObject(width, gooddepth)

		print 'The depth is ', str(gooddepth)
		print 'Error: not a text frame.'

# start the script

if __name__ == '__main__':
	if haveDoc():
		print 'Error: You need to have a document open before you can run this script succesfully.'