DeclaraCAD has a small command line interface to invoke different subcommands. By default if no command is specified the "workbench" is started which is a dock area interface with an editor and viewers.


Type declaracad -h to see the cli usage:

~$ declaracad -h
usage: declaracad [-h] {view,export,customize} ...

positional arguments:
                        DeclaraCAD subcommands
    view                View the given file
    export              Export the given file
    customize           Customize a model

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

Likewise each subcommand has a help menu using declaracad <cmd> -h.

Running Standalone Viewer

Standalone viewer

If you prefer using your own editor you can just start just a viewer. This is how the workbench works (it just launches the viewer in frameless mode and talks using json-rpc).

$ declaracad view -h
usage: declaracad view [-h] [-w] [-f] file

positional arguments:
  file             File to view

optional arguments:
  -h, --help       show this help message and exit
  -w, --watch      Watch for file changes and autoreload
  -f, --frameless  Frameless viewer

Use declaracad view -w path/to/yourmodel.enaml and the viewer will reload every time the file changes.