HTML Panels Tips: #2 Including multiple JSX

A simple way to dynamically evaluate multiple JSX files in the Scripting context of Photoshop within HTML Panels. Back in the Flash world, I used to dynamically include external JSX files via:

$.evalFile("" + (File($.fileName).path) + "/libs/external.jsx");

Being $.fileName the current JSX file within the above line is written and the File.path call meaning the actual path. Alas, this doesn’t seem to work anymore when HTML panels are involved - the File($.fileName).path once resulted to me, don’t ask me why, as “33” -  which is not a bad approximation to the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything after all ;-) Anyway, what I personally use now is the following function (in the main.js file):

// fileName is a String (with the .jsx extension included)
function loadJSX(fileName) {
  var csInterface = new CSInterface();
  var extensionRoot = csInterface.getSystemPath(SystemPath.EXTENSION) + "/jsx/";
  csInterface.evalScript('$.evalFile("' + extensionRoot + fileName + '")');

The key here is the above highlighted line, which is the JS equivalent of the JSX line I’ve been using. To load a JSX - which must belong to the root/jsx folder since it’s hardwired in the function, you would write:


Borrowing code from the Extension Builder 3 boilerplate you can get fancier. The first chunk goes in the main JSX, i.e. the one listed in the manifest.xml, enclosed in the ScriptPath tag:

if (typeof($) == 'undefined') $ = {};

$._ext = {
  //Evaluate a file and catch the exception.
  evalFile: function(path) {
    try {
    } catch (e) {
      alert("Exception:" + e);
  // Evaluate all the files in the given folder
  evalFiles: function(jsxFolderPath) {
    var folder = new Folder(jsxFolderPath);
    if (folder.exists) {
      var jsxFiles = folder.getFiles("*.jsx");
      for (var i = 0; i < jsxFiles.length; i++) {
        var jsxFile = jsxFiles\[i\];

This instead is what goes in the main.js

 * Load JSX file into the scripting context of the product. All the jsx files in
 * folder \[ExtensionRoot\]/jsx will be loaded.
function loadJSX() {
  var csInterface = new CSInterface();
  var extensionRoot = csInterface.getSystemPath(SystemPath.EXTENSION) + "/jsx/";
  csInterface.evalScript('$._ext.evalFiles("' + extensionRoot + '")');

loadJSX() (for instance called in the init() function) will evaluate all the JSX files in the predefined folder.

Bonus - System Paths

You may be interested in these ones too (from CSInterface-4.0.0.js)

/** Identifies the path to user data.  */
SystemPath.USER_DATA = "userData";

/** Identifies the path to common files for Adobe applications.  */
SystemPath.COMMON_FILES = "commonFiles";			

/** Identifies the path to the user's default document folder.  */
SystemPath.MY_DOCUMENTS = "myDocuments";

/** Identifies the path to current extension.  */
SystemPath.APPLICATION = "application";

/** Identifies the path to current extension.  */
SystemPath.EXTENSION = "extension";

/** Identifies the path to hosting application's executable.  */
SystemPath.HOST_APPLICATION = "hostApplication";

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