External MaxScript IDE

11 votes

  • Develop Scripts and Manipulate 3dsMax from your favorite IDE or application
  • Write MaxScript with external IDE of choice
  • Directly execute it from your IDE of choice
  • Notepad++ 
  • Notepad++ User-Defined Language template for highlighting
  • Notepad++MaxScript Dictionary for auto-complete
  • Easy setup
  • Download External MaxScript IDE
  • View full Syntax list , if you want to port it to your IDE
  • Full Documentation and Help

Viewing MaxScript Code in NotePad++ thanks to Syntax Highlight and Syntax Dictionary


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lightcube's picture

Thank you! The instructions

Thank you! The instructions on getting the code to save and execute in Notepadd++ helped me.


Shawn Olson

Developer of Wall Worm

Svennovich's picture

I putted some extra

I putted some extra documentation in how to setup Notepad++ with the External Maxscript IDE.

Added some extra images and makes thing a lot clearer :)
Let me know if you would still have problems in setting it up


Svennovich's picture

thanks for the great

thanks for the great comments, I am glad that it's helping developers. I am still finding difficulties in setting up the perfect language settings for notepad++.
Sometimes maxscript code is still not so clear (space sensitive)

I will check with the notepad++ simultaneously saving and executing for evading muscle pain :)

Also will improve the documentation in how to setup notepad++ for maxscript developement.

stuff i still want to add is the dynamically feedback from max to notepad to show where errors occurs.

miauu's picture
kilad's picture

ctrl + s, ctrl + e muscle

ctrl + s, ctrl + e

muscle memory.

lightcube's picture


This is exciting. FInally I don't have to worry about making an infinite loop that crashes Max and kills the unsaved MAXScript files I'm working on :)

I'm a little confused about the installation instructions regarding the Notepad++ link:

Notepad++ Connection
C:\ExternalMaxScriptIDE.exe "$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)"
Save as "MaxScript" and link the shortcut Ctr+E to it

Can you provide step-by-step on this as I didn't really get it.

Thanks a million!


Shawn Olson

Developer of Wall Worm

spacefrog's picture

Great Stuff Sven !!If you are

Great Stuff Sven !!
If you are like me and prefer dark colors instead, here's the "userDefineLang.xml" with DarkScintilla -like Color definitions. Note: you'll still have to adjust the global style to match those colors in this userdefinelang.xml ( global back color etc ... )


userdefinelang_darkscintilla.zip 18.25 KB
Norman3D's picture

This is awesome man!! :D

This is awesome man!! :D

kimarotta's picture

+1 Good... Very thanks...

Very thanks...

3d Artist  

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