Internal Max messages

Oct 15, 2010 at 6:48am

Internal Max messages

I seem to remember people mentioning various in-patch messages that you can use to communicate with Max; for example, to open a URL in your default browser. I tried searching the documentation, but couldn’t find a list of these messages anywhere. Does anyone know if such a list exists?

In particular, I am wondering if it is possible to open the DSP status and MIDI setup windows using Max messages rather than by clicking the Options menu.

Oct 15, 2010 at 6:56am

After some experimenting, I found that

max dspstatus” opens the DSP status window


max midisetup” opens the MIDI setup window.

Are there any other useful commands?

Oct 15, 2010 at 8:07am

You should find those message in Max’ documentation (look at the colored right frame in the help main window), and as always also online:


Oct 16, 2010 at 12:13am

colors (max v4) and sheduler settings are a bit dangerous ones.

menubar, redraw window, and cleaning the dirty bit are quite useful.

Oct 16, 2010 at 7:20am

Thank you both. I did try searching the documentation… I searched for “Max messages” and that vignette did not come up (at least not in Max… I didn’t try searching in the online docs), which is interesting because the name of the vignette is “Controlling Max with messages.” I guess it searches for exact phrases only. Anyways, lots of useful new messages… thanks!

Oct 16, 2010 at 11:01pm

also note that the ;max launchbrowser doesn’t necessarily always open a Web browser, it’ll open whatever app the OS is configured to open the file or URL. (At least that’s been my experience.) So a “mailto” will open the default mail client, a .txt file would launch TextEdit or whatever, or you can open other .app or .exe programs directly. Very handy!


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