Bill Orcutt's shell object: execute shell commands via this excellent Max object
    Tool Files
    • shell (fat 32/64-bit)
    • shell (UB 32-bit)

    • Dec 29 2010 | 4:54 pm
      I was curious about this. Does this shell object allow me to interact with the terminal shell (the way pd shell does)?
    • Jul 11 2013 | 11:43 am
      sadly, "top" doesn't work (anymore?) for the shell-external. Bug? Feature? ;)
    • Jul 15 2013 | 1:46 am
      Quickly examining the code after an absence of many years and with fresh eyes, it looks to me like this object needs some serious love. I'll try to find some time to do a major rewrite in the coming weeks. 'top' is a special case because it's an interactive command and not a simple "read" operation. But using some of the advanced technologies in the uci chess object, in particular pseudoterminals, it should be possible to support that and more. Let's see how it goes.
    • Jul 31 2013 | 10:59 am
      killall also doesn't work
    • Jul 31 2013 | 12:08 pm
      seems that if i open ssh pi@ "omxplayer /home/pi/Desktop/pd_player/error/" for example then any other message wont work while clip is playing.. not only ssh -l pi "killall omxplayer.bin"
      do i do something coplitely wrong here?
    • Jul 31 2013 | 12:10 pm
      I'm sure this is the result of the general oldness and semi-awkwardness of some of this code. When I get a chance for a rewrite, I'll post in the forum. Thanks!
    • Jul 31 2013 | 12:49 pm
      thanks... but seems that problem is between my ears.. if i open this command in terminal.. even then i cant kill it from the same window.. is there option to open 2 shell objects like 2 different terminal windows?
    • Jul 31 2013 | 12:51 pm
      Well... you could have 2 copies of the shell object. Or... you could put an '&' at the end of your command to put it into the background on launch. Then shell won't block for the next command. In theory, not tested.
    • Jul 31 2013 | 12:55 pm
      like in terminal.. there is this ttys002 and ttys001 system..
    • Aug 02 2013 | 2:36 am
      & didn't work in practice.. but i did script where i ssh-d the player, waited a sec and killall ssh.. after that you can stop the movie! works!! keep up good work!
    • Aug 12 2013 | 7:27 am
    • Apr 25 2014 | 11:32 pm
      Could you pls post a help file for your shell mxo file? Thanks.
    • Dec 03 2014 | 7:43 am
      Hi Jeremy, Thank you for the fantastic object, it works fine except that I have an issue with pstoedit ( the command for running that via Mac terminal is: pstoedit -f hpgl ~/Documents/test.pdf > ~/Documents/output1.hpgl But when I try doing this with shell it outputs an empty .hpgl file, is there anyway I can fix that?
      Thank you
    • Mar 27 2015 | 9:35 am
      is the shell object available for windows7?
    • Nov 14 2015 | 1:57 pm
      Hello Jeremy,
      Sorry for my English
      I need to do a command « minimize patch » in Max Msp I look and I do not find in Max I think it’s possible to command « minimize patch » with object shell But I don’t understand script message for shell?
      can you help me? thank’s
      Best Regard Serge from Paris
    • Nov 15 2015 | 12:44 pm
      Serge, this should do it. You may have to adjust your accessibility settings to allow Max to control your system.
      All the best to you and everyone in Paris, brother.
    • Nov 15 2015 | 1:12 pm
      Whoops.. the above patch minimizes all open windows. Here is the script to minimize the current active window.
    • Nov 15 2015 | 6:06 pm
      Thank you MetaMax! all is OK! It is great! Thank you for Paris, the life is strong Brother
    • Jan 06 2016 | 12:10 pm
      Hi, I'm trying to get this command line tool to work inside max: Is it possible ?
    • Apr 17 2016 | 7:31 am
      Is there any plan to port the shell object for windows users now? I'm developing on Mac, in particular a library using shell to run LISP code with SBCL and displaying the results with the bach library. Since SBCL is available on Windows as well, a bridge would be really welcome... :)
      All the best
    • May 15 2017 | 1:19 am
      So I have been using a combination of shell object and MacOS Automator to load Max on boot, and to Restart show machine if any components aren't working correctly (monitored in various ways). This was all nice and happy, until the latest iteration now forces us to use a Windows 10 machine!! Any ideas?
      Looks like mxj might be a go, but I am not a javascripter, and am under a deadline....
      Anyone got this sort of automation (close / max / restart machine on condition) happening with Windows?
    • Jun 01 2017 | 11:14 am
      +1 for a Windows version.
    • Feb 14 2018 | 1:47 pm
      Hi Guys, Do you know where can I download shell for Mac? I went to maxobjects but both links seem broken. Also there seems to be no link to the object from here as well. Thanks!
    • Mar 19 2018 | 8:55 pm
      Hey, would love to have a link as well! Thanks
    • Mar 25 2018 | 11:31 pm
    • Aug 14 2018 | 1:10 am
      Has anyone successfully used the shell object provided by TOILTOUCH? I can't seem to have it send any messages to the terminal.
    • Jan 12 2019 | 10:21 pm
      Hello Does somebody has a copy of the former shell.mxo that works with Max 6? I use an old Macmini with osx Snow Leopard to work within an exhibition, and plan to display HD videos by using Quicktime rather than which cannot give a good fluent rendering. Thanks in advance. Charles.
    • Mar 06 2019 | 12:46 pm
      Hi Jeremy, thank you for updating the shell-object. I need to use telnet via max, is there a way to do it with the shell object? I tried to send "telnet" to connect with the client , but it didnt worked out.
    • Apr 14 2019 | 5:29 pm
      Hi guys, I'm trying to use the [shell] object to send a simple command line to the terminal in order to pass an MQTT signal (Mac user here). I did it through Mosquitto in terminal, and in Node-Red (which can communicate with Max nicely with UDP), works like a charm, but I would like to be able to do it right from the shell object.
      The command line is extremely simple, something like this:
      mosquitto_p -t topic/exemple -m Hello
      This runs perfectly from the terminal, but I can't send it remotely from the shell object, which is weird. I already used the shell in the past, with success, but here it doesn't work.
      Something I'm forgetting ?
      Thank you guys,
    • Jul 17 2020 | 10:33 am
      Hi everyone, is it possible through the shell to shutdown the mac from Max MSP? I tried with the sudo shutdown -h now command but it doesn't work, maybe because it normally requires the password?
      thank you
    • Jul 17 2020 | 12:26 pm
      Did you try the curtains 3rd party (also by Jeremy B.) object?
    • Jul 17 2020 | 1:00 pm
      No, do you have a link? Thank you
    • Jul 17 2020 | 1:02 pm
    • Jul 17 2020 | 1:15 pm