If you can’t find what you need in the Standard Library or in the Python Package Index, you can write your own modules in Python and use them in your scripts.

Creating your own modules is a way to organise your code and make it reusable across projects.

Creating a module

In its simplest form, a module is just a regular Python file containing functions, variables and objects.

# myModule.py

'''An example module with silly tools.'''

designer = 'Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumble-meyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mitzweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm'
year = 2020

def setDesignerInfo(font):
    font.info.openTypeNameDesigner = designer
    font.info.copyright = f'copyright {year} {designer}'

# more tools here...

The file which contains the module can be stored anywhere on your computer.

The contents of a module can be imported by any script in the same parent folder:

aFolder ├── myModule.py └── aScript.py

# aScript.py
from myModule import designer

Large packages can be a lot more complex, with lots of single files spread across multiple folders and subfolders.

If your code needs to work outside of RoboFont
use font objects from fontParts.world
If your code will be used only in RoboFont
use font objects from mojo.roboFont directly

Installing the module

In order to make the module available to all scripts, it needs to be installed in the desired Python environment – see instructions in installing external libraries.

Using the module

Once the module has been installed, you can simply import it into your scripts:

import myModule

Scripting in RoboFont

When scripting in the Scripting Window inside RoboFont, all font objects – CurrentFont, CurrentGlyph, AllFonts, etc. – are available out-of-the-box:

from myModule import setDesignerInfo

font = CurrentFont()

If you need to use RoboFont’s native font objects in a module, you can import them from mojo.roboFont.

Scripting outside the box

To make scripts that work outside of RoboFont (for example in Terminal or in a code editor), you’ll need to get the appropriate font objects from fontParts.world:

from fontParts.world import OpenFont
from myModule import setDesignerInfo

font = OpenFont(ufo)

Maintaining and distributing your tool

Last edited on 01/09/2021