How do I create a global keyboard shortcut that executes the script currently in the text editor?

I say global because I would like to be working in the default 3D View (no text editor displayed) and simply press a key to execute the script. This would avoid me needing to change to the script layout, run the script, return to 3d View every time.

Alt + P only seems to work when the text editor is focused.

In User preferences->Input, I tried adding a new "Run Script" event ('text.run_script') to the Window (Global) section and assigned it a key, but the console reports 'event has invalid window'.

  • $\begingroup$ i think it's possible to set global keyboard shortcuts, and also write an operator that can run a script, but the problem could be that if you have multiple text blocks, how is it going to choose which to execute if no text editors are open? -- unless the operator always looks for Textblocks with a certain name or prefix $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:18
  • $\begingroup$ you wouldn't need to set up a global shortcut for this, an operator bound to a shortcut for 3d view might make more sense. $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:40
  • $\begingroup$ there is an addon called script runner you load multiple files and run the one you want $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:55
  • $\begingroup$ I wasn't aware of script runner addon, but it totally makes sense if that exists already! $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Jul 29, 2015 at 7:03

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If you are only going to re-executing this script when 3D View is open you might add the shortcut to 3D View (global). I propose a different shortcut as alt+p is for showing the 'clear parent' menu, but it's up to you.

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# something to test with..
import bpy
import random

x = random.randint(-6, 6)
y = random.randint(-6, 6)
z = random.randint(-6, 6)

bpy.ops.mesh.primitive_cube_add(radius=1, location=(x, y, z))


import bpy

class GlobalScriptRunner(bpy.types.Operator):
    bl_idname = "view3d.global_script_runner"
    bl_label = "Global Script Runner"

    #def poll(cls, context):
    #    return context.active_object is not None

    def execute(self, context):
        print('i get called')
        textblock_name = 'generic_executor.py'
        textblock_as_string = bpy.data.texts[textblock_name].as_string()
        return {'FINISHED'}

def register():

def unregister():

if __name__ == "__main__":

To wrap this into a reusable add-on requires more time than I have, but it's not the purpose of this answer. The benefit of having this as an addon would be that you could create a panel for 3dview in which you can type or select a textblock to be executed when the shortcut is triggered, rather than this hard coded suggestion, where it only executes a textblock named generic_executor.py


Here's something you could use as a starting point, it creates a panel in 3dview (right side panel) and allows you to pick a textblock. Whenever you trigger the operator view3d.global_script_runner , it would look at the name of the selected file and execute it.


  • $\begingroup$ I have the time can I try to write this ? $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:57
  • $\begingroup$ @zeffii Thanks for such a comprehensive answer. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I'll let you know how I get on. $\endgroup$
    – Ash
    Jul 29, 2015 at 8:14
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    $\begingroup$ this eliminates the need for overriding the context ! $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    Jul 29, 2015 at 11:11
  • $\begingroup$ yeah, but exec might be slower on complex scripts ( i vaguely recall reading about this..but can't pinpoint where) -- unless that's exactly what's called behind the run operator... :) $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Jul 30, 2015 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ Related: blender.stackexchange.com/a/47678/2843 $\endgroup$
    – Samoth
    Feb 26, 2016 at 10:07

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