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STEPcode v0.8 --,

  • What is STEPcode? SC reads ISO10303-11 EXPRESS schemas and generates C++ source code that can read and write Part 21 files conforming to that schema. In addition to C++, SC includes experimental support for Python.

  • Renamed in April/May 2012: SC was formerly known as STEP Class Libraries, SCL for short. It was renamed because the name wasn't accurate: the class libraries make up only a part of the code.

  • Much of the work to update SC has been done by the developers of BRL-CAD, and SC (then STEP Class Library) was originally created at NIST in the 90's.

  • For information on changes version-by-version, see the NEWS file

  • Building and testing SCL - see the INSTALL file

  • For more details on the libraries and executables, see the wiki:

  • For license details, see the COPYING file. Summary: 3-clause BSD.


SC's source has been reformatted with astyle. When making changes, try to match the current formatting. The main points are:

  • compact (java-style) brackets:
    if( a == 3 ) {
        c = 5;
        function( a, b );
    } else {
        somefunc( );
  • indents are 4 spaces
  • no tab characters
  • line endings are LF (linux), not CRLF (windows)
  • brackets around single-line conditionals
  • spaces inside parentheses and around operators
  • return type on the same line as the function name, unless that's too long
  • doxygen-style comments (see

If in doubt about a large patch, run astyle with the config file misc/astyle.cfg. Download astyle from

For more info, see the wiki.

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