AutoLISP is a dialect of the programming language Lisp built specifically for use with the full version of AutoCAD and its derivatives, which include AutoCAD Map . Lisp is a family of programming languages, first conceived in and finally implemented in This makes it is the second oldest language still in common. This course is your ultimate guide to learning AutoLISP Programming. You will learn by example with lots of programs.

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Autlisp is where we will start. All content on this site is provided free of charge and we hope to keep it that way. The following are also examples of lists: With modern construction, software and increased legal requirements, we often require specialized assistance with our projects.

If you had to name a variable for a string that contains people’s names then I would use something like this setq strName “Jeff”. You can then lookup the relevant AutoLisp commands for a more detailed explanation.

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Come and have a chat at our drafters forum. I would prograjing you do not use any names that AutoCAD has in use. I do not suggest toying with this. How can you cipher through all of this: The above example could also be written using built-in AutoCAD commands to achieve the same result, however this approach is susceptible to changes to the command prompts between AutoCAD releases. Go to the “Tools” drop down menu and go to “Preferences”. If the value of variable a is the list 2 5 7 9 11then:.


Some safe autoliwp of variable names are: Name your variables and programs something unique.

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Just as in native AutoCAD commands, any valid option keyword can be entered simply by typing the upper case part of the keyword. A semicolon does not have to begin the line. A autolip is necessary if you want to repeat a command. We draw repetitively when using AutoCAD.

AutoLISP Lesson 1 – Introduction to Lisp Programming

It evaluates the first item in each list in order supplied until one of these items is a value other than nil. AutoLisp provides a number of arithmetic functions and although the format of these functions is consistent with other AutoLisp functions function first, followed by valuesit is not one we are familiar with from school.

AutoLisp returned the value of the function you typed in. AutoLisp is a language that returns a value after executing. Variables are names or placeholders if you will, for values. The program executed and printed “Jeff” on the command line. Same as prin1 except that a new line is printed before the expression and a space is printed after the expression.

Type this is in at the command prompt:. So, in the example above, to answer Yes to the prompt, you need only type “y” but to answer NO, you must type “no”.

This is the secondary command for taking a list apart. Don’t hit the SAVE button yet.

The name of your entity might be Type this at the command line: You can’t add nil to 1. Yes, increase your productivity with the block! Parentheses are vital to writing AutoLisp programs. The target layer is chosen by simply pointing to an object on the desired layer. Click on the Start button.


AutoLISP code can interact with the user through AutoCAD’s graphical editor by use of primitive functions that allow the user to pick points, choose objects on screen, and input numbers and other data. Autooisp function would then place a marker at that point, and create a one-line text object next prograimng it, containing the Autllisp and Y coordinates of the point expressed relative to the active User Coordinate System UCS.

When you type Line you will run your program instead of the Line command. Assume variable b is the name of the list and variable c contains the value of the element: This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat We used the C: Save the program and try it again.

Returns a part of a string, from a specified position, ending either at the end or another specified position.

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You can use any variable name you want. Why did it print Jeff? The following are entities: The number 1 after the initget function in code example 8, above is known as an initget bit code. The primary command for taking a list apart, car gives you the first element of a list.

Therefore, car c is the autklisp first element, followed by the value of h.

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