Editing script tool code

By default, editing a script tool will open a tool's source file using Notepad. To set the editor to your preferred editor of Python integrated development environment (IDE)

  1. Click the Project tab on the ribbon. In the list on the left, click Options.
  2. In the Options dialog box, click Geoprocessing.
  3. In the Script Editor dialog box, enter or browse to the IDE you will be using.

A common workflow when working with Python script tools is as follows:

  • Edit your script and save your changes, but don't exit the editing application.
  • Run the script tool.
  • If need be, make more code changes, saving your edits but not exiting the editing application.
  • Run the script tool again.
  • When you're satisfied that your script is working correctly, exit the editing application.

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