OpenSCAD Editor (node-webkit)

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OpenSCAD Editor (node-webkit) by uminded Jan 26, 2013
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Project dropped in favor of a better multi-platform choice:

This is my version of a simple OpenSCAD editor.

I run Linux and all of the current editors are for Windows or OSX. I decided to use node-webkit and CodeMirror Editor to make an all systems compatible editor.


Goto my Github page for the latest downloads and updates:


  • Available on Linux, Mac OSX and Windows
  • Autoformatting, Block Comment/Uncomment
  • Code folding
  • Syntax highlighting (In progress)
  • Find & Replace (In progress, needs UI)
  • Autocomplete (Implementation only)


  • Download one of the node-webkit prebuilt binaries (v0.4.0 — Jan 18, 2013)
  • Open/Install OpenSCAD and in the menu select View -> Hide Editor and Design -> Automatic Reload and Compile
  • Unzip the node-webkit binary and cut/copy the nw.exe and nw.pak files into the OpenSCAD editor folder
  • Run nw.exe and open a .scad file in both the editor AND in OpenSCAD itself
  • Whenever you make changes in the editor press F5 or Ctrl-S and OpenSCAD will render the changes
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A conversation on editors for Linux is never complete until someone recommends Vim :). Consider it done. https://github.com/vim-scripts/openscad.vimhttps://github.com/vim-scripts...

Very true! Unfortunately Vim has a larger learning curve than OpenSCAD...

OpenSCAD/Notepad++ Language File (including useage guide)
UPDATED OpenSCAD/Notepad++ Language File Bluish on White background

The only thing I miss about Windows is Notepad++ but my household uses Linux so that's why I wrote this app. Thanks for the look!

Oops I always assumed it was multi-platform.

I have not used this but you may want to try it under wine;


While Chrome, Safari and other are WebKit browsers they do not have the system calls and capabilities of node.js nativly as this is usually a server package. (Node.js can do system/socket calls)

Google webcast on their way of supporting node.js:

I chose to use node-webkit (see the binary links in the instructions section) because it is essentially a stripped down self contained server with chromium at its heart. It has multimedia accelerations, HTML5 support and even openGL acceleration.

If anybody knows of a way to remove the node-webkit binary requirement that would be awesome as its a bit of a large download (but runs portably so no installing is needed)

Any thing I need to do to get it to work in Chrome on Windows7? Page is up but can get no buttons to work.