I'd like to add a custom toolbox to ArcMap, and also see the script it's written in. To do the latter, I'm trying to open it with my python editor, but it doesn't open it.

  • The toolbox or the tools? Is it a standard toolbox, python toolbox or AddIn? Are the tools compiled (.PYD)? – Michael Stimson May 20 '15 at 1:44
  • It's a custom toolbox in .tbx format. – Cesium133 May 20 '15 at 1:58
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To add a custom toolbox, in ArcMap or ArcCatalog, open ArcToolbox and right click in the white space and go to Add Toolbox:

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To see the script, right click on the tool, and go to Edit or Export Script. If you use Export Script, create a new text file and select it when exporting.

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You might need to go into the Geoprocessing menu, and go to Geoprocessing Options in order to set the default editor:

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    Great answer. Very detailed. I wanted to add that if you need a "New" toolbox you can click the icon for that in that first step when the dialog comes up to "Add" a toolbox. That's how I got here. – jbchurchill Feb 2 '16 at 20:59

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