Python Scripting

    This section will guide you step-by-step through a variety of ways to run Python scripts together with Plexus Connect application.

    Before you start

    • System requirements for setting up your environment are discussed in every section.
    • Depending on the environment setup you will choose, the system requirements will be slightly different.
    • Requirements and additional steps described in the installation section need also to be followed.

    Usage and examples



    Following basic workflow, when using connect_api in Python script is:

    • Create DataApi
    • Open Session
    • Run query on new Session
    • Fetch data for some of the fields

    The simple example script below is written for Demo Project Pubchem Grid View :

    # Create api : api = DataApi('username', 'password')     
    # warning: we don't recommend storing
    # credentials directly in the script,
    # but use different means in python how to obtain the password from the user.
    api = DataApi('admin', 'admin')    
    # Open Session
    session = api.openViewSession(
      api.getViewByName('Pubchem grid view')
    # empty query to load all data into session
    # get values for some of the columns
    result = session.getData(['Mol weight', 'Structure', 'CdId', 'Acceptors'])

    Save the script above as and run it from command prompt. If the connect_API is installed correctly, the script returns the expected results.

    More examples can be found in the examples directory, which is a part of the connect_API content.

    Standalone, using Jupyter Notebook

    • Python_installation on local system. Version 3.7 or higher
    • Connect_API extension for local Python
    • To install Jupyter using Anaconda and conda, follow the instructions provided here. Jupyter Notebook can also be installed directly from command prompt using pip3 install jupyter command. For more details visit the Jupyter webpage here.
    • Example of usage: this demo example will guide you step-by-step through Connect_API functionalities used in Jupyter Notebook.

    From Connect frontend


    For using connect_API for scripting in Connect frontend, a subclass of ConnectScript needs to be created first. This lets you react on user input and modify frontend state. ConnectScript is a Python script, which can be called by Connect frontend and can react on user actions like opening a view, clicking, querying or selection.

    Example of a simple script:

    class SimpleScript(ConnectScript):
      def onLoad(self):
         self.response.showMessage('Hello World')

    For usage from Connect frontend, this script needs to be saved in

    • for UNIX ~/.chemaxon/plexus-suite/scripts-data/{schemaId}/
    • for Windows ~/chemaxon/plexus-suite/scripts-data/{schemaId}/
      and mapped to the view using ViewId in the scripts.conf file in the same directory.

    Directories in the scripting folder are automatically created during startup of the Connect server and named according to the deployed schemas. Each deployed schema belongs to a folder with the same name {Schema_ID}. Scripts are classified per schema and identified by Schema_ID.

    Content of the script.conf file:

    view id;javascriptfile.js;

    The ViewId can be obtained from the address bar. When a view is opened in a browser, the Connect URL contains the ViewID as it is shown in the following URL example:

    More examples can be found in the examples directory, which is a part of the connect_API content.

    Developing Connect frontend scripts locally

    You can use DevelopmentConnectScriptContext to make the development loop shorter by running a frontend script locally without copying it to the server.

    The basic workflow looks like this:

    • open Connect in your browser and do any scriptable action, for example open a view or do a selection
    • use the scripting dialog available in the right top corner menu:
    images/download/attachments/252021/scripting_ff_menu_panel.png images/download/attachments/252021/Scripting_ff_panel.png

    There are three action events available, as are shown in the table below:

    Script Action Parameters Description
    onLoad called when a view is loaded
    onSelectionChange {selection: <selection>} called when a selection is changed
    onClick {id: <buttonid>} called after click on the button

    To copy a serialized frontend event you want to run locally:

    • copy the current Connect URL and construct DevelopmentConnectScriptContext
    • run your script using DevelopmentConnectScriptContext
    • copy the result of your script run and use the scripting tools in Connect to display it on the scripting panel
    • remove DevelopmentConnectScriptContext and copy the finished script to the server

    Example script:

    #script example which you need to develop
    class SimpleScript(ConnectScript):
      def onLoad(self):
         self.response.showMessage('Hello World')
         # connection part which returns #JSON for the one round of the loop  
         # this part will be removed, when script developing is finished
      connectUrl="", # Connect backend location
      sessionUrl="", # URL to parse Session out of
         # Event to process - captured using Connect Frontend scripting tool dialogue
         # Event type "onLoad", "onSelectionChange", "onClick"
      "viewId": "6C6F63616C6462_213A0E201AB2EB5DA54552018904C869",
      "eventType": "onSelectionChange",
      "params": {
        "selection": [


    Install Python version 3.7 or higher

    Confirm that Python is properly installed. The simplest way to test for the existence of Python installation is to open the command prompt. Once the command prompt window opens, type python and press Enter. If you have Python installed correctly, you should see output similar to the following:

    Python 3.7.0 (v3.7.0:1bf9cc5093, Jun 27 2018, 04:59:51) [MSC v.1914 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32.
    Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

    If you receive a message like:

    Python is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    Python is either not installed correctly or the system variable path has not been set.

    Install Connect_API

    The Python library for Connect scripting can be downloaded from the Chemaxon download pages with the appropriate Connect version. It can be found in the Additional Downloadables section here.
    The Connect_API library of the same version as Connect is required to run Python scripts. The Python library can be installed by using pip install connect-api-*.tar.gz, where * is the version number which must correspond to the Connect version. Pip is the package installer for Python, pip itself is a package that someone might want to install, if it is not a part of Python.