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.

  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.

For a complete documentation please see the ToolShelf Wiki page on GitHub.

Adding a new language for the interface only requires a few steps.

  1. Create a new language file. There is a separate file for each language located in the subfolder locales of the add-on. The naming convention follows the ISO 639-1 language codes. Use the as a starting point for an automated translation and correct the result if needed.
  2. To add the new language to the selector in the add-on preferences it’s necessary to edit the file Add the new language to the variables LANGUAGE_FILES and LANGUAGE_ITEMS, following the style of the existing items.
  3. Restart Blender.