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I am looking for a way to start rendering a .blend file the moment it is opened. Doing this with a python script that is executed on load is not an option.

That setup will render the image before the interface is fully shown. So basically you're looking at a grey screen until the image is fully rendered in the background.

What I want is that when the file is openend, it starts rendering and you can see the rendering process. Ideally, Blender should quit when the render is completed.

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    $\begingroup$ If you aren't going to interact with the interface, why not use the command line? $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Dec 13 '15 at 19:26
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    $\begingroup$ @NᴏᴠɪᴄᴇIɴDɪsɢᴜɪsᴇ Not a dup, but it is related. $\endgroup$ – TARDIS Maker Dec 14 '15 at 1:46
  • $\begingroup$ @iKlsR Well, I want to visually show the rendering process. I've built a file for that is driven by a bunch of parameters in an XML file. That way my client can update that XML file using a simple UI and launch the render. I could just tell them to press F12 but if the file starts rendering immediately, what would be even better. $\endgroup$ – wout Dec 14 '15 at 8:14
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    $\begingroup$ @NᴏᴠɪᴄᴇIɴDɪsɢᴜɪsᴇ This is hardly a duplicate. $\endgroup$ – wout Dec 14 '15 at 8:17
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    $\begingroup$ Don't see how this is a duplicate. $\endgroup$ – Ray Mairlot Dec 14 '15 at 9:39

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