Getting started

Installation

The recommended way to install COMPAS FAB is to use Anaconda/conda:

conda install -c conda-forge compas_fab

But it can also be installed using pip:

pip install compas_fab

Note

On Windows, you may need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 14.0.

Once the installation is completed, you can verify your setup. Start Python from the command prompt and run the following:

>>> import compas_fab

You are ready to use COMPAS FAB!

Working in Rhino

To make COMPAS FAB available inside Rhino, open the command prompt and type the following which will install it on both Rhino 5.0 and 6.0:

python -m compas_fab.rhino.install -v 5.0
python -m compas_fab.rhino.install -v 6.0

Open Rhino, start the Python script editor, type import compas and run it to verify that your installation is working.

Working in Blender

Once COMPAS itself is installed for Blender following the documented procedure, COMPAS FAB will automatically be available as well after installing it.

Working in Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a free and open source text editor with very good support for Python programming.

We recommend installing the following VS Code extensions:

  • Python

    Official extension to add support for Python programming, including debugging, auto-complete, formatting, etc.

  • EditorConfig

    Add support for ``.editorconfig`` files to VS Code.

To install the above extensions, open the Extensions view by clicking on the corresponding icon in the Activity Bar on the left side of VS Code and search the extension name in the search box. Once found, select it and click Install.

By default, VS Code will use Pylint to verify your code. To select a different linter: open the Command Palette (Ctrl+Shift+P) and select the Python: Select Linter command.

Run scripts

To run Python scripts from within VS Code, simply open the file and press F5. This will start the script with the debugger attached, which means you can add breakpoints (clicking on the gutter, next to the line numbers), inspect variables and step into your code for debugging.

Alternatively, use Ctrl+F5 to start the script without debugger.

Virtual environments

If you are using conda to manage your virtual environments, VS Code has built-in support for them. When a .py file is open on VS Code, the bottom left side of the Status bar will show the Python interpreter used to run scripts. Click on it and a list of all available interpreters including all environments will be shown. Select one, and the next time you run a script, the newly selected interpreter will be used.