ArcGIS Python Addins - Am I doing this right?

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02-19-2013 09:48 AM
MikeMacRae
Regular Contributor
Hey all,

I have been developing a few python addins and I'm just wondering what is the best way to update the addin anytime I edit the script.

Currently, if I make an edit to the script, it seems like I have to


  1. Close ArcMap

  2. Go to My addin folder and double click the 'makeaddin' python file

  3. Double click the 'Python Addin File

  4. Restart ArcMap for the changes to come into effect


If I don't do these steps, then the edits aren't recognized. This gets pretty annoying and time consuming when I want to place maybe a simple print line somewhere or I do a small edit.

Is there a better way of doing this?

Thanks,
Mike
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ChrisFox3
Regular Contributor II
Hi Mike,

Yes that is the workflow you need to follow in order to make changes to your add-in.
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MikeMacRae
Regular Contributor
I'm wondering if any of the ESRI gurus on here can confirm that what I am doing is the only way?
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MikeMacRae
Regular Contributor
Thanks for responding Chris. I sincerely hope this is changed for the future. Building, testing and compiling python addin scripts this way is very, very time consuming....
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ChrisFox3
Regular Contributor II
I understand, unfortunately it is not likely to change. Although it seems like you are making simple changes, this is a different level of customization you are making when you are building UI elements and application extensions. It just requires a restart of the application to take affect. This is essentially the same workflow you need to follow when building and testing .net add-ins as well.
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RichardLaw2
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