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This page contains macros to add functionality to your freecad installation


Part CheckGeometry.svg 3D View operations

  • Text-x-python.png Macro Rotate View: This macro rotates the current view by 90° to the left. Only works if you are in Top view.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro View Rotation: Provides a GUI to permit rotation of view by precise amounts in all three directions.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Texture Objects: This macro allows you to temporarily put a texture image on the selected objects.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Mouse Cross: This small macro turns the arrow of the mouse in a precision cross.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Align View to Face: This macro aligns the current view to a selected face.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Align Object to View: This macro align the selected object to the current View and set the coordinates Placement of the camera.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Align Camera to Working Plane: This macro aligns the camera to the current Draft Working Plane
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Align Working Plane to Camera: This macro moves the current Draft Working Plane to the center of the current view
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Align Face Object to View: This macro align the face of the selected object to the current View (in case face hole the hole is placed to the view).
  • Macro Toggle Views Visibility.png Macro Toggle Panels Visibility: This macro toggles the visibility of various supporting panels in FreeCAD, allowing the main window to be viewed with all available screen space.
  • FCCamera 00.png Macro FCCamera: This macro can rotate the screen in a defined angle and the defined axis and creates a plan to face the screen to create a form in the specified plan positions the selected face facing the screen, to detect the position of the camera ...
  • Macro SelectVisible.png Macro Toggle Visibility: Set of three macro, macro 1: hidden the objects not selected, macro 2: displayed alls objects, macro 3: hidden alls objects.
  • Macro SelectVisible2.png Macro Toggle Visibility2: Set of two macro, macro 1: hidden the objects not selected, macro 2: displayed alls objects, macro with the original visibility.
  • SelectVisible.png Macro SelectVisible: All visible objects in the tree will be selected.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Manage Navigational Style: This pair of macros allow you to alter the Navigation Style while in the Sketcher.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Duplicate Selection: This macro testing if one selection are duplicate , select the object IN THE 3D VIEW the "ForbiddenCursor" stay if the or one selection is duplicate, the macro stay resident.
  • Macro Copy3DViewToClipboard.png Macro Copy3DViewToClipboard: Copy contents of 3DView resized 640, 480 px to clipboard .
  • Macro Perpendicular To Wire.png Macro Perpendicular To Wire: This macro positioned your object perpendicularly to wire selected.
  • Macro Rotate To Point.png Macro Rotate To Point: Macro for rotate on object on itself with the axis of rotation the boundbox center, center of mass or last point clicked
  • Macro FCTreeView.png Macro FCTreeView: Macro for list all objects in the project in one list without hierarchy, options sort by name, label, visibility, group, by length option search by name, label .... without case sensitive or with case sensitive and select all objects displayed in the macro window.
  • Macro Select Hovering.png Macro Select Hovering: this macro select a choice Face, Edge, Vertex hovering by the mouse.
  • Macro ExpandTreeItem.png Macro ExpandTreeItem: this macro expand selected items in the tree view.. If not selection all item are expand/collapse

Draft FlipDimension.svg Animation

Applications-python.svg Code and Scripting

  • Text-x-python.png Macro MessageBox: shows how to give information to the user through the GUI.
  • Macro Python Assistant Window.png Macro Python Assistant Window: This macro provides a cut/copy/paste workspace for Python code, it is segmented so different sections can be selected and it is persistent between FreeCAD sessions.
  • Macro Build Utility.png Macro Build Utility: This macro provides a utility to assemble a project from sub-project files using the Merge Project facility.
  • Macro Global Variable Watcher.png Macro Global Variable Watcher: This macro facilitates the user selecting global variables and monitoring their values.

Arch MeshToShape.svg Conversion

Drawing-orthoviews.svg Drawing Workbench

  • Text-x-python.png Macro Automatic drawing: allows the user to get the view of his object in a drawing with 4 different position (front,top,iso,right). Needs some modification to be perfectly effective
  • Text-x-python.png Macro CartoucheFC: This GUI macro to fill simply all fields of the cartridge of the plan implementation worksheet FreeCAD, the format of the date and the symbol of the projection mode adapt to the EU region or US selected.
  • Macro CartoucheFC Full.png Macro CartoucheFC Full: This GUI macro to fill simply all fields of the cartridge templates_Full of the plan implementation worksheet FreeCAD, the format of the date and the symbol of the projection mode adapt to the EU region or US selected.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro CartoucheFC 2: This GUI macro to fill simply all fields of the cartridge model 2 of the plan implementation worksheet FreeCAD.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Normal Vector: Get the normal vector of a preselected face for creating a drawing view normal to that face

Draft BSpline.svg Dxf 2D Draft

Fem ResultDisplacement.svg Fem

  • Text-x-python.png Macro GMSH: Create FEM Meshes by GMSH Mesh Generator

Part Measure Clear All.svg Info and measures

  • FCInfo.png Macro FCInfo: Gives a series of information about the selected shape and can display a conversion of length, inclination (degrees, radian, grade) shape, surface, volume and the weight of the form in the density selected in various international and Anglo-Saxon units
  • FCInfo.png Macro FCInfo Alternate Linux: same as above, but for Linux
  • Macro FCInfoGlass.png Macro FCInfoGlass: Gives a series of information about the selected shape and displayed in screen 3D
  • FCInfoToMouse.png Macro FCInfoToMouse: Provide informations coordinates, length and angles in real time on the mouse in a bubble annotation displayed in the 3D screen
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Delta xyz: Gives the Delta values and the distance between 2 points
  • Text-x-python.png Macro ObjectInfo: User-friendly "Info" module created by a FreeCAD user
  • Macro Dump Objects.png Macro Dump Objects: This macro generates a listing of all objects in the current document - the list can be in a window or on the Report view.
  • Macro MeasureCircle.png Macro MeasureCircle: Compute the radius of a circle by 3 points or a circular edge.
  • Centomass.png Macro CenterOfMass: Gives the total mass and the center of mass of multiple objects selected with the density chosen.

Draft VisGroup.svg Libraries

Bound-expression.svg Mathematical functions


IFC.svg Multifunctional

  • WF wf.png Macro WorkFeatures: Tool utility to create plans of the axes, planes from 3 points, axes on a form, information on the coordinates of the shape and many other useful features to facilitate the creation of your project. This utility is up next in the combo view.

Workbench Image.svg Object creation

  • Macro makeCube.png Macro Make Cube: creates a rectangular cuboid from 4 points
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Solid Sweep: creates a solid by sweeping a 2D profile along a trajectory previously selected in the 3D view. The 2D elements can be created through the regular tools in FreeCAD's GUI.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Geodesic Dome: This macro creates a geodesic dome shell
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Line Length: Create a line giving coordinate XYZ length and angle to plane X Y
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Cut Line: Cut a line and create x points, giving the number of points, create line or not, create points or not, create bicolor or not on choice.
  • Macro CirclePlus.png Macro CirclePlus: Create a circle or arc giving radius, diameter, circumference, area, startangle, endangle, arc, anglecenter, cord, arrow, center (point) on choice (same below but with GUI) plus create sector and face.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Circle: Create a circle or arc giving radius, diameter, circumference, area, startangle, endangle, arc, anglecenter, cord, arrow, center (point) on choice (same above without GUI).
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Cut Circle: Cut a circle or arc and create x arcs, giving the number of cut.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Triangle AH: This macro create one triangle creates a triangle by giving the head angle and the height of the triangle (the triangle of the head is positioned to the xyz coordinates 0.0)
  • FCTexture.png Macro Texture: Create a project from a bmp image to create a texture easily
  • FCCreaLoft.png Macro Loft: Create a loft with a list of wire (specially created for Macro Texture see above)
  • FCCircularTextButtom.png Macro Circular Text: This macro create a text around a cylinder
  • Text-x-python.png Macro WireXYZ: This macro creates a Wire with the coordinates extracted from a file. The coordinates X Y Z are separated by a space.
  • Macro ReproWire.png Macro Repro Wire: This macro reproduce all element selected subobject wire or face.
  • Part Prism Apothem.png Macro Apothem Based Prism GUI: A GUI dialog that creates an Apothem, (inradius) Based Prism from user input.
  • FCSpring Helix Variable.png Macro FCSpring Helix Variable: This macro create one spring truncate, the troncature is adjustable on the all coil to choice.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Guitar fretboard: Guitar Fretboard Maker
  • Cam-groover-icon-32x32.png Macro FCCamGroover: Creates grooved cylinder for cam.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Site From Contours: creates an Arch Site from a series of contour lines

Workbench PartDesign.svg Object transformation

  • Text-x-python.png Macro ArrayCopy: copies the selected object several times, on an array grid
  • Text-x-python.png Macro FlattenWire: flattens draft wires that are not planar to their median Z coordinate
  • Text-x-python.png Macro FlattenWire3Points: flattens draft wires that are not planar to a plane defined by 3 points
  • Text-x-python.png Macro JointWire: allows to find and joint all non connected edge to the closest non connected one using a line
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Remove parametric history: removes all parametric associativity from an object, leaving it as a "dumb" shape
  • Text-x-python.png Macro SuperWire: Forces the creation of a Wire from lines and arcs that don't necessarily touch each other. Use this if normal wire operation fails
  • Text-x-python.png Macro HealArcs: Sometimes arcs are transformed into BSplines, for example when scale operations have been applied to them. This macro recreates valid arcs from them. Useful before exporting to dxf
  • Macro CloneConvert.png Macro CloneConvert: Creates a clone of the object and the converted in the chosen position and size (inch, mm, m, µm...). The base object is recognized in mm (FreeCAd base)
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Image Scaling: Macro for easy scaling drawings, graphics, diagram, blueprint and similar 2D images in Image workbench.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro MatrixTransform: apply linear space transformations to distort shapes. E.g., non-uniform scaling, shearing, mirroring, axes swapping.
  • Macro Connect And Sweep.png Macro Connect And Sweep: This macro easily creates a connection between two objects, an object and a point or between two points (the center of the objects are the starting and ending points of the sweep) can be selected form a configurable ellipse polygon circle
  • Part Section.png Macro Section: (parametric): alternative implementation of Part Section tool, more suitable for making sweep paths.
  • Macro Overlap.png Macro Overlap: (parametric): Boolean operation. Similar to Part Common, but with custom overlap count threshold.

View.svg Printer 3D

Preferences-raytracing.svg Raytracing

Spreadsheet.svg Spreadsheet Workbench

  • Aliasmanager icon.png Macro Alias Manager: helps managing aliases inside FreeCAD Spreadsheet workbench. It is able to create, delete, move aliases and create a 'part family' group of files.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Spreadsheet Tools: This macro helps managing cells inside FreeCAD Spreadsheet workbench.
  • Macro FCTreeView.png Macro FCTreeView: Macro for list all objects in the project in one list without hierarchy, options sort by name, label, visibility, group, by length option search by name, label .... without case sensitive or with case sensitive and select all objects displayed in the macro window.
  • Macro FCSpreadsheet Extract.png Macro FCSpreadSheet Extract: This macro save the data in a csv file with the formula or in a xml file.

Arch Survey.svg Utility

Bulb.svg Wizards

  • Text-x-python.png Macro Sheet Metal Unfolder: Creates an unfolded part from a sheet-metal-part.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Unroll Ruled Surface: allows to unroll ruled surfaces and to draw them on a page.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Unfold Box: allows to unfold the surfaces of a box of any shape and to draw them on a page.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Airfoil Import & Scale: Imports and scales a .dat airfoil to desired chord length.
  • GW Dim.png Macro Geneva Wheel: Allows the user to create a Geneva wheel mechanism from scratch. Must edit values within the Macro to alter the size of the object.
  • GW Dim.png Macro Geneva Wheel GUI: A GUI front end that allows the user to create a Geneva wheel mechanism from scratch.
  • Cabinets32.png Macro Cabinets32: creates side and top/bottom walls for a cabinet with drilled holes for connection parts of manufacturer Hettich.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Half_turn_stairs: Creates a half turn (left/right) stair from a Data-file.
  • Macro Half Hull Model.png Macro Half-Hull Model: This macro generates both three dimensional half-hull and full-hull models from a series of 2D line drawings.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Stairs: Create stair helix, create your stair nosing select and run the macro.
  • Gearworkbech.png Macro FCGear: Additional Workbench to create different types of gears, involute gear, involute rack, cycloide gear, bevel gear.
  • Text-x-python.png Macro Corner shapes wizard: pops up a dialog asking for the dimensions of your corner piece, then creates the object in the document and creates a page view with top, front and lateral views of the piece
  • PropertyMemo.png Macro PropertyMemo: This little macro create one Property additional (memo or other text) for you object (only Draft)

Std FreeCADWebsite.png Other interesting macros create by FreeCAD users and deposit in extra wiki.

  • 2364.png By microelly2 : freeCAD_macro, geodata, Animation, freecad-nurbs, PieMenu, ..... other
  • Text-x-python.png By hamish2014: FreeCAD_assembly2, FreeCAD_drawing_dimensioning, ...
  • Text-x-python.png By triplus: IconThemes, ShortCuts, NavigationIndicator, TabBar, Launcher, PersistentToolbars, PieMenu, ....
  • 681.jpg By rockn: FreeCAD-Timber, FreeCAD-addons, FreeCAD-library, FreeCAD-StructuresBois, .... other
  • Text-x-python.png By oddtopus: flamingo (workbench for metal structures)
  • Text-x-python.png By dprojects: getDimensions FreeCAD macro to get chipboards dimensions to cut (woodworking)
  • Text-x-python.png By Siardeni: workbench for create metal profiles, square tubing, z profile, palette, rotation, drawing ...
  • Text-x-python.png By realthunder: workbench FreeCAD_assembly3 ... other

How to use?

Macro how to install

The above macros can easily be plugged on any FreeCAD installation

  • Starting from FreeCAD v 0.17, a new Tools → Addons Manager allows you to easily install any macro from this page. The instructions below must still be followed if your version of FreeCAD doesn't have the Addons Manager yet.
  • Copy the macro python code from the corresponding macro page
  • In FreeCAD, Macro → Macros → Create new, and give it a name
  • Paste the python code you copied
  • Hit the Save button, and restart FreeCAD
  • Open the Macro manager, select your new macro and click "execute"
  • Tutorial How to install macros

Additionally, you can also add your new macro to a custom toolbar

  • In FreeCAD, go to Tools → Customize
  • In the Macros tab, add a new macro, and, if you like, define an icon and a keyboard shortcut
  • In the Toolbars tab, create a new toolbar, and add your macro, taking it from the "Macros" category.
  • Tutorial Customize Toolbars

Adding new macros to this repository

  • Create a new page, beginning its name with "Macro", for example "Macro_My_Excellent_Macro", this can be done simply by editing this page, and adding a new link to your macro, like this:
    • example :
* {{MacroLink|Text-x-python|Macro My Excellent Macro|Macro My Excellent Macro title}} : My excellent macro description. 
  • Text-x-python : icon by default (replace with your name icon with the exact same name as your macro page if there is. The format always .png only)
  • Macro My Excellent Macro : macro name
  • Macro My Excellent Macro title : macro name or title

A new page (red link) will be created.

  • In that page, paste the following text:

(With the default icon)

{{Macro|Icon=Text-x-python|Name=Macro_My_Excellent_Macro|Description=What my excellent macro does|Author=your username|Version=1.0|Date=YYYY-MM-DD}

(With the icon custom)

{{Macro|Icon=Macro_My_Excellent_Macro|Name=Macro_My_Excellent_Macro|Description=What my excellent macro does|Author=your username|Version=1.0|Date=YYYY-MM-DD}}

(Another language with the default icon (example "/fr" "/de" "/it"....))

 What my excellent macro does|Author=your username|Version=1.0|Date=YYYY-MM-DD}

(Another language with the icon custom (example "/fr" "/de" "/it"....))

 What my excellent macro does|Author=your username|Version=1.0|Date=YYYY-MM-DD}}
  • You can also Upload a custom format icon.png
    Note that the name of the icon must have the same name as the name of the macro.
    • example: " Macro_My_Excellent_Macro " without extension (the extension is given by the system), and, replace " Icon=Text-x-python " by " Icon=Macro_My_Excellent_Macro "
    • Text-x-python Text-x-python.png is the default icon of the page dedicated to the Macro.
  • Paste your macro, and use the Code template to avoid adding spaces into your script. This will display the macro in a monospace font inside a light grey box like the example above.
  • If you like, upload a .png icon with the exact same name as your macro page (ex. Macro_My_Excellent_Macro.png)
  • Add an image: an image is useful to show what the macro does. Optionally you can create an animated gif that represents the object in context. The gif image should have a maximum size of 500x500px as the wiki does not resize animated gifs; if the gif is any bigger the animation won't work.
  • Optionally you can add some more info on how to use your macro, tips, limitations and workaround.
  • It is also interesting to include version information in your macro. This macro allows you to locate in time compared to the evolution of FreeCAD, do "Menu → Help → About FreeCAD and click to Copy to clipboard" and paste it your macro


#OS: Windows Vista
#Platform: 32-bit
#Version: 0.14.3389
#Python version: 2.6.2
#Qt version: 4.5.2
#Coin version: 3.1.0
#SoQt version: 1.4.1
#OCC version: 6.5.1 

It is also advisable to create a macro in your header, this header can be used by the Plugin Loader program to install the macro and check versions. Also available addons_installer.FCMacro


__Author__ = "User_Name"
__Version__ = "00.11"
__Date__    = "2015-07-25"

__Comment__ = "This is the comment of the macro"
__Web__ = ""
__Wiki__ = ""
__Icon__  = "/usr/lib/freecad/Mod/plugins/icons/Title_Of_macro"
__IconW__  = "C:/Documents and Settings/YourUserName/Application Data/FreeCAD"
__Help__ = "start the macro and follow the instructions"
__Status__ = "stable"
__Requires__ = "freecad 0.14.3706"
__Communication__ = "" 
  • Add it to the above categories, create a new category if needed.

Adding new macro page with macro code extra wiki

If your macro is too big (+64Ko) and does not fit in the wiki page, use the {{Codeextralink| xxx}} template by giving the address of the RAW page of the macro

The template must always be placed at the beginning of the page below the Description (must be the first code detected by the addonManager macro, in case there are code examples in the page, if a sample code is detected is this code that will be installed and not the code of the macro)

Example given:


Example displayed in the macro page:

Temporary code for external macro link (Not use this code, this code is used exclusively by Addon_Installer)

##This code is copied instead of the original macro code

##to signalling and guide the user on the offline download page

##used if the code of the macro is too big to be contained in the wiki page (max 64Ko)

##or if the RAW code url is extra wiki location 

import PySide

from PySide import QtGui ,QtCore

diag = QtGui.QMessageBox(QtGui.QMessageBox.Information,u"Information",
    "This macro must by downloaded with this link" + "\n"
    " " + "\n"
    "" + "\n"
    " " + "\n"
    "Quit this window for access in the download page" )




import webbrowser"")

<class="rawcodeurl"><a href="">raw code</a>