# Scripting

#### GeoGebra Objects

Script is a sequence of commands, that are executed one after each other. GeoGebra supports two scripting languages - GGBScript and Javascript. The execution can be triggered by :

• clicking a particular object
• updating a particular object (when value or properties of the object are changed)
• Javascript listeners (see Reference:JavaScript)

You can set this script via the Tab Scripting in the Properties Dialog.

Note: The Properties panel needs to be closed for scripts to work.

## GGBScript

You can create scripts consisting of GeoGebra commands, like you can use them in the Input Bar. After triggering the script, every command is executed one after each other.

Example:
• a is an integer-valued slider ranging from 1 to 3 (therefore Increment equals 1)
• type in: `list1 = {"red", "green", "blue"}`
• in properties of a, set "On Update" script to `SetColor(a, Element(list1, a))`
• by moving the slider you change its color

Explanation: Every time the slider is moved, there an update occurs. So, for every move the script is called and the value of a is used to get one color from the list and change the color of the slider a.

Note: You can use `#` to start a comment
Hint: There are commands that can be only used for scripting. You can find them in the page Scripting_Commands.

## JavaScript

JavaScript is a programming language used by many Internet technologies. Unlike GeoGebra Script, in Javascript the commands don't have to be executed as a simple sequence, but a control flow (`if`, `while`, `for`) can be used. For generic JavaScript you can find a nice tutorial on developer.mozilla.org. In GeoGebra, you can use special JavaScript methods which allow you to change the construction. These methods belong to ggbApplet object, which means that you call them as `ggbApplet.method_name(parameter,..,parameter)`. For complete list of these methods see Reference:JavaScript.

Example:
```for(var i =0;i<10;i++)
ggbApplet.evalCommand("A_"+i+"=(random()*10,random()*10)");
```
This script creates 10 points A0 to A9 at random coordinates.
Note: Scripting with JavaScript is very versatile, but many tasks can also be achieved using the simpler GeoGebraScript.

### Global JavaScript

In the Global JavaScript part of the Scripting tab in the Properties Dialog you may define functions (not variables) which will be available from the other scripts. You can also define function ggbOnInit(), which is called automatically once the construction is loaded. The ggbOnInit function can be used for registering some listeners, as shown below.
Example:
```function onAdd(name){
}

function ggbOnInit(){
}
```
First we defined function onAdd that given a string shows a message depending on that string. After that, using the ggbOnInit function, we told GeoGebra to call this function whenever a new object is added. Once we reload our construction, function ggbOnInit will be called and since then, when user adds a point named e.g. A, message "Object A was added" will appear.

You can also use listeners for actions like rename, delete and clear construction. A complete list is available in Reference:JavaScript.

Note: Using any ggbApplet methods in Global JavaScript outside of ggbOnInit will not work as intended since they will be called before the construction is loaded.