CODESYS Forge (or short cforge) is a small tool which should help developers and users to use the services offered on CODESYS Forge. cforge is basically written in C# but can be extended with IronPython scripts. As it makes use of IronPython and MS Scripting, you might have problems running it on anything else than Windows.
cforge itself is packed as a CODESYS package. That leads to the most important prerequisite: CODESYS programming system has to be installed on your PC.
There are different ways of installing cforge to your PC.
To make full use of the cforge functionality, you need:
Double click on the (or execute the) cforge package file and let CODESYS install the package.
Register Protocol Handler
Now please go to your CODESYS installation folder. There should be a subfolder called "CFORGE". E.g.: C:\Program Files (x86)\3S CODESYS\CODESYS\CFORGE
Inside this folder, please execute the "Setup.bat".
This will do 2 important things for the cforge tool:
- Add this folder to your windows "path" environment variable (if not yet there)
- Add some magic registry entries for the mechanism of the URL protocol handler, so that links starting with "cforge:" do work on your machine.
But don't be afraid: it is that simple (in case, that you need it for some other cool tools) ;-)
Currently not many commands for the Explorer Integration are available, yet. But they can already be
installed, using the Registry file Setup.reg.
Just have a look into it, and double click on it to install the menu if you like it.
Installation/Update via cforge
This works, as long as cforge was already installed (and setup) to your current CODESYS installation.
Then, just use the INSTALL link at the top of the page.
CODESYS users which have this package installed get an easy access to all their favorite packes, drivers and projects from CODESYS Forge.
The typical operations/commands they can use cforge for are:
Packages can be installed as easy as clicking on the cforge download button of a project. cforge registers an URL protocol handler in Windows, which handles URLs, starting with the protocol "cforge:".
By clicking on such a link, the corresponding software is downloaded and installed using cforge.
Doing the same w/o cforge would need a lot more manual interaction:
Checkout every single project and library
Set the release flag in all libraries
Save all libraries as compiled library
Update a package manifest
Create a CODESYS package from the manifest
Commit the sources with CODESYS SVN
Commit the compiled libraries, packages and project files with an external SVN client
To be cleaned up later:
As it is a C# tool, just use Microsoft VisualStudio to run / attach to your local cforge instance.
There is a nice trick: just lay a file named "debug" (content does not matter) next to the cforge.exe and it will patiently wait when started (e.g. from the browser via a "cforge:" url), so that you have time to attach. Then just press Enter in the console (as it is mentioned there), and continue to debug.
Then you can even debug the IronPython scripts.