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Improve Text Editor #3

t-paul opened this Issue Feb 7, 2019 · 4 comments


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commented Feb 7, 2019


The integrated text editor improved quite a bit recently but there's still a number of features missing that are often requested and would make editing bigger projects easier.


This project is about adding more IDE style features to the OpenSCAD editor. Some of those features have already a prototype implementation so those would require review of the existing code continue from there.

Examples for useful features:

  • Multi-file editing
  • Context sensitive help / autocomplete while typing code
  • Simple changing of values / numbers via mouse
  • Better integration with the parser (error reporting, jump to definitions, ...)

The main challenge is to select just a small number of features but implement those in a way that really improves the usage. Ideally this involves making different prototypes and including feedback from the user community.

Expected Outcome

  • Improved text editing experience for OpenSCAD users

Project Properties


  • Programming language is C++
  • GUI programming with the Qt framework



Additional Information

Mentors: Marius Kintel (IRC: kintel), Torsten Paul (IRC: teepee)



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commented Mar 14, 2019

Hi @t-paul,
I am interested in improving the text editor of OpenSCAD. Can you please help me how to start?


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commented Mar 14, 2019

A good start could be just running OpenSCAD with some example code that is included in the normal installation and have a look at other Tools/IDEs. Some features that would be nice to have that are present in other applications are listed above, but those are just guidelines.
One important step is to select a small number of features (or just one bigger topic) and proposing a plan how to improve/add this to the OpenSCAD editor.
For more interactive discussion you can join the IRC channel on freenode linked above.


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commented Mar 21, 2019

Am interested in improving this text editor, i have a list of ideas, how do i get the opencax source code


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commented Mar 21, 2019

@afolabisamguy This project idea is for OpenSCAD which has the main repo at

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