Calling the Engine API and Project Script

In the extension you can define a special scene script file, which will be in the same runtime as the scripts in the assets\ directory of the project, with the same runtime environment.

In the Scene Script you can call the engine API and other project scripts, and with this feature we can

  • Query and traverse the nodes in the scene to get or modify node data
  • Call functions related to the engine components on the node to finish the job

Register Scene Script

First, add a scene field to the contributions property of package.json, the value of which is the path to a script file, relative to the extension package directory. Example:

    "contributions": {
        "scene": {
            "script": "./dist/scene.js"

Scene Script Template

Create a new scene.ts in the src directory and write the following code.

export function load() {};
export function unload() {};
export const methods = { };

load - the function that fires when the module is loaded

unload - the function that fires when the module is unloaded

methods - methods defined inside the module that can be used to respond to external messages

Calling the Engine API

Next, we will demonstrate how the scene script calls the engine API by rotating the main camera.

In order to call the engine API, we need to add the search path of the engine script at the beginning of scene.ts and write the corresponding code, which ends up looking like this

import { join } from 'path';
module.paths.push(join(Editor.App.path, 'node_modules'));

export function load() {};

export function unload() {};

export const methods = {
    rotateCamera() {
        const { director } = require('cc');
        let mainCamera = director.getScene().getChildByName("Main Camera");
            let euler = new Vec3();
            euler.set(mainCamera.eulerAngles.x, mainCamera.eulerAngles.y + num, mainCamera.eulerAngles.z);
            return true;
        return false;

In the above code, we have defined a rotateCamera method that rotates the main camera 10 degrees around the Y axis every time it is executed.

In other extension scripts, we can call the rotateCamera function with the following code.

const options: ExecuteSceneScriptMethodOptions = {
    method: 'rotateCamera',
    args: []

// result: {}
const result = await Editor.Message.request('scene', 'execute-scene-script', options);

The properties of ExecuteSceneScriptMethodOptions are defined as follows:

  • name - the package name of the extension where scene.ts is located, you can use if it is in this extension
  • method: the method defined in scene.ts
  • args: arguments, optional

As the communication between extensions is based on Electron's underlying cross-process IPC mechanism, the transferred data will be serialized as JSON. so the transferred data must not contain native objects, otherwise it may lead to process crashes or memory spikes. It is recommended to transfer only pure JSON objects, such as the options.args parameter in the above code and the return value of the scenario script method.

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