Development Environment Setup
This document is split into 2 sections, one for C/C++ another for python, since you may be using one of the other and they both have very different requirements.
If you already are familiar with a C/C++ development environment, most likely you can use it for blender development.
Whichever environment you choose, make sure you also set up Clang Format for your environment. This is the required method for code formatting.
Otherwise, if you have no strong preference - its safe to choose the default IDE's on each platform.
- OSX - XCode
- Microsoft Windows - Microsoft Visual Studio (MSVC)
- Linux - (no default IDE but there are popular ones you can try)
IDE Quick-Start Links
Once you have blender building you may want to develop one of the many IDE's (or editors) that can be used with blender.
Since there are too many OS/IDE combinations, maintaining a comprehensive list of all would be difficult, so here is a list of documented configurations known to work well.
- Linux / CMake / QtCreator
- Linux / CMake / NetBeans
- Linux / CMake / Eclipse
- Linux / CMake / KDevelop
- OSX / CMake / Xcode
- Portable / CMake / VSCode (Recommended for Linux/OSX only, *NOT* recommended for novice users on windows)
- These docs assume you have blender already building.
- Some of these pages can be easily used between different operating systems.
While python scripts can be developed entirely inside Blender, the built-in text editor is limited. Its convenient for short scripts or making minor edits but for large projects you will want to use an external editor.
With python development the choice of IDE/Editor is less of an issue as with C/C++, most developers just use their favorite editor.
Editors known to work well: scite, geany, notepad++, gedit and eric5.
If you're already familiar with vim or emacs they are fine too.
For more information on how to execute scripts externally see: Using an External Editor