As of the most recent RhinoWIP, it’s now possible to launch Rhino for Mac with a
-runscript command-line argument.
This expert feature has been around in Rhino for Windows for a while, and it is most frequently used as part of a larger scripted process in which you want to batch process files or automate some repetitive task.
Since this feature has yet to be documented and it differs a little from the Windows counterpart, I thought a post was in order.
How to launch Rhino and run a macro:
- Quit Rhino if you already have it open.
- Launch the /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
- At the
$bash prompt, type:
open /Applications/RhinoWIP.app/ --args -runscript "_Line 0 10,10,10"
/Applications/RhinoWIP.app/Contents/MacOS/Rhinoceros -runscript "_Line 0 10,10,10"
and press return
This ought to launch the RhinoWIP, create a new document, and add a line from the origin to
The contents of the script are, obviously, up to you.
With a file:
You can use this in conjunction with a yourfile.3dm argument as well and this will run the script after opening that model. For example:
/Applications/RhinoWIP.app/Contents/MacOS/Rhinoceros ~/Desktop/yourfile.3dm -runscript "_Line 0 10,10,10"
will launch Rhino, open yourfile.3dm, and run the macro/script you provide.
For Longer scripts:
For longer scripts, it’s probably wiser to author them with Python, and then use the
-_RunPythonScript command and pass the path to your script file:
/Applications/RhinoWIP.app/Contents/MacOS/Rhinoceros -runscript "-_RunPythonScript /full/path/to/yourpythonscript.py"
As always, please let us know when you find bugs.