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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AutoLISP is a small, dynamically scopeddynamically typed Lisp language dialect with garbage collectionimmutable list structure, and settable symbols, lacking in such regular Lisp features as macro system, records definition facilities, arrays, functions with variable number progrming arguments or let bindings.

If you were to write a program named Line.

Note the final line inside the function definition: In AutoLisp, variables may be a collection of letters or numbers programinng long as they begin with the letters. We could save it to disk and reload it whenever we needed it. Let’s take it a step further and create our very own function. Let’s rewrite the program using the princ function to stop the echo.


When I say “type this at the command line” I will put the actual key strokes in red except for the enter key. A couple of important last minute things: You can point to each entity by using its relative number in the selection set. The target layer is chosen by simply pointing to an object on the desired layer.

AutoLISP Lesson 1 – Introduction to Lisp Programming

Your prompt must always be between quotes, ” prompt ” otherwise you will get an error. Have you ever seen an AutoLisp program crash? We discussed the defun statement and what it meant. The forward slash character tells AutoLisp to interpret the following character as a special character rather than just as a letter “n”.

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AutoLISP Quick Start

Each entity has a massive definition in AutoCAD’s database. In this example, 1 is used to disallow a null progrqming. This command is used simply to print a message on the command line. Now type myprog and press enter.

The AutoLisp Beginner’s Tutorial

Type this is in at the command prompt:. To check the value of the variable we just declared, simply type! Don’t hit the Progrsming button yet. The first closes the repeat loop. Allows you to substitute one aspect for another. If we manage the drawing elements as reusable contents, it will increase our productivity significantly. Then type myprog and press enter.


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Takes an angle in radians and converts it into a string, using a specific format. It can be any expression and need not only be a string. Click OK to the alert box. Personal tools Create an account or log in – Approved Editors Only. The type function will return the data type of a variable.

You may enter as many text lines as you wish. Let’s do that now.

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