What IDE do you use for MEL development?


I once installed Eclipse as well but it smashed me with stuff I don’t need and it was horrible to find anything.

I used to be a hardcore MelStudio fan! Max Liani was working on v2. But seems he got into lots of other work. So he obviously discontinued it and only did minor Maya-Version updates for Digimation. Thats was very very sad. For me MelStudio had way the best look and most important: feel I ever experienced!

That was one issue I had with Maxya. Kursat was so kind to grant me beta access but I just didn’t dig it :frowning:

Now I’m with notepad++. Its almost nice. Code completion works for mel. But not so good with py. For that I hacked some Autohotkey-stuff around it to make it comfortable… But its still not really integrated.

Would be nice if someone could assemble a working Eclipse package…

but yea… I actually planned to compile a version of my Maya stuff too… not there yet. but almost :smiley:


Shameless repost from creativecrash:

Can’t get MayaEditor plugin for Eclipse loaded.

Sorry for the noob question. I have Eclipse 3.6.1 x64 on XP 64 running with jre1.5.0_22. Eclipse is loading fine. So I’m trying to get the plugin to load from the plugin directory. com.myplugin.eclipseMayaEditor_1.0.0.jar

There is no evidence of this plugin loading. No prefs, no nothing in  Eclipse. So I'm at a loss. Does anyone have any advise? email if you  prefer: jdrouse at g mail

I've tried some older versions of Eclipse. 3.5, 3.2, no dice.

Thanks in advance! Would really love to not work in the script editor!

P.S. I’m basically following these exact instructions:
Instructions Set 1:

Instruction Set 2:


If you’re on OS X and want to have access to common code snippets just while in Maya, check out Codebox. It puts a little codebar in your menu bar and pastes the contents in when you select them.

Otherwise, I use BBEdit with the MEL reference from the MEL for Maya Animators page


Thanks, however I’m not on OSX. I really want the full blown awesomeness that Eclipse can provide. This is really the most frustrating thing I’ve tried to get going so far in 2011!!!


I feel your pain…
For eclipse there is a plugin available called Eclipse Monkey, this along with Python Monkey allows you to script your own macros for eclipse.I use this instead of the creative crash plugin for sending code to Maya, getting docs based on selection etc…

Check it out:
Python Monkey Info and download:

Path for Eclipse Monkey:
Europa Discovery Site - http://download.eclipse.org/releases/europa/


Too much pages, so I apologize if it’s already posted, but Komodo Edit is really cool, it has a MEL extension with syntax highlighting and completion:


Komodo is my favorite , especially for python.


For Python I found Pyscripter very useful and for Mel Maxya
Pyscripter website


Pyscripter require to install python 32.
But if you work with 64 version and have some additional modules installed , you can’t use shell.

One thing i don’t like about komodo is that it don’t display full docstring from methods.
Maybe it can be enabled somehow?

So i tested wingide recently and i think it is really good.
It is userfriendly , but still it has “all” features like komodo or eclipse.

It have some problems with ui , for example you must run windows aero theme , or you will have “ghosting” windows , but other things are fine , so far.


Komodo is the great IDE. Just one thing. How to set highlighting simmilar objects, I mean if I have one variable, repeated few times and I select/highlight it, others should highlight to, like in Notepad++.


Maxya updated for Maya 2011 and 2012 .
commandPort removed due to unstability.
Mel Command and command parameters updated.
Direct Connection is refunctioning again.


Is it possible to send python commands from Maxya to Maya?


yes :
Maxya Settings>Python>Python Connection
must be set to “Use Maya”


OK, Thanks!


I use a pimped version of gvim, with ctags, taglist, syntax hightlighting for mel and python, auto complete for mel and python. It’s fast, free, great :slight_smile:


You want mel/python IDE for Maya? Maxya beats ALL!!!

currently using Maxya LE Install, and all you need is to put a plugin into Maya plugins folder, enable the plugin and Maya and it’s good to go!


in case they change the link again, you should just go www.tarzmedia.com

O, and downloading from the main site is a total pain in the ass. Keeps getting interrupted. Here’s a torrent link:


If you are more to python, you should consider eclipse… it’s a lot more heavier but doesn’t cost you a cent except a bit of setup


The best IDE that I have used for MEL is “Cutter” :thumbsup:

you can download it here. http://fundza.com/

give it a try, it has very cool functions


I have to say Maxya is the best. Ive been using it for years now… and has really helped me making mel scripts.


It’s a source code editor.
Probably not the best, but it covers my needs.



I have problem with downloading the newest maxya from theirs server.
Anyone have same problem like me ?

I’m Trying to comunicate with tarzmedia but my email coming back to me always.
The same with downloading. 50 % and big “the end”.
Maybe someone have instaler of maxya 4.5.4 ?