16.8.5. The Workbench Scripting Shell

The Workbench Scripting Shell provides a means for entering and executing scripts. Through the use of the scripting shell, MySQL Workbench can support new behavior and data sources using code written in Lua and Python. The shell can also be used to explore the current Workbench GRT (Generic Runtime) facilities.

The scripting shell is not only useful for expanding MySQL Workbench. You can use a script file from the scripting shell command line to perform repetitive tasks programmatically.

The default development language is Lua, a lightweight scripting language expressly designed for extending applications. For more information about this language see lua.org.

The Python language is also supported, further details of this language can be found from the official Python site.

The programming language to be used in Workbench Scripting Shell can be selected from the General tab of the Workbench Preferences dialog. The Workbench Preferences dialog can be displayed using the main menu item Edit, Preferences.

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