Tool shelf is a small productivity add-on for Blender to collect all commonly used tools and scripts in one easy to access panel. This is most helpful for users coming from other DCC packages where such tool spaces are part of the workflow.

It also greatly reduces the need to create separate custom add-ons and operators for alls sorts of workflow helper scripts.

All contained commands and buttons can be organized in groups, edited, sorted and having their code viewed for inspection.

The complete configuration is saved as a json file and can easily be shared across other workstations or artists.


Blender 2.92



  1. Download the add-on as a ZIP-file.
  2. Open the Blender Preferences window by choosing Edit > Preferences…
  3. Select the Add-ons tab.
  4. Press Install… and select the downloaded ZIP file.¬†After successful installation the add-on should be visible in the list.
  5. Activate the add-on.
  1. Open the Tool Panel on the right side of the 3d view.
  2. Select the Tool Shelf tab.
  3. Open the Setup folder.
  4. A new installation doesn’t contain any groups or buttons, so a group needs to be created first. Make sure that New Group is active.
  5. Enter a name for the first group.
  6. Press Add Group.
  7. To add a new button uncheck New Group.
  8. Select the group the button should be added to from the Group dropdown list.
  9. Enter a name for the button or command.
  10. Enter a python command in the command field. If you want to use a script from the Text Editor make sure that the editor is open with the script which should be used.
  11. Optionally enter a Tooltip for the command.
  12. Press Add Tool to add the button.