Launch Methods

The Automation Library provides two methods of starting PSCAD: “Manual” and “Automatic”.

The Automatic method, launch_pscad() is easier to use. It will find the PSCAD application and launch it with the most common options as defaults. If more than one version of PSCAD is installed, it will choose one, preferring offical releases over Beta versions, 64-bit versions over 32-bit versions, and later releases over earlier ones. Arguments may be specified to alter these defaults.

The Manual method involves obtaining a controller(), and querying it for the installed version(s) of PSCAD, choosing the desired version from the available choices, and passing that choice to the launch function. After PSCAD launches, the PSCAD.settings() command must be invoked immediately to ensure the correct licensing option, and a license is acquired.


mhrc.automation.launch_pscad([pscad_version=] [, fortran_version=] [, matlab_version=] [, silence=] [, minimize=] [, certificate=])

Launch PSCAD and return a controller proxy.

All parameters are optional.

  • pscad_version (str) – The PSCAD version to launch.
  • fortran_verion (str) – The Fortran version to use.
  • matlab_verion (str) – The MATLAB version to use.
  • silence (bool) – Supress pop-up dialogs, which block automation.
  • minimize (bool) – Minimize the application window when launched.
  • certificate (bool) – Select between legacy and certificate licensing.

The PSCAD controller proxy.

Example Usage:

import mhrc.automation

pscad = mhrc.automation.launch_pscad()



Retrieve an application controller object.

Example Usage:

import mhrc.automation

controller = mhrc.automation.controller()

# Select desired version from list of installed PSCAD versions.
# For example, the first listed version:
pscad_versions = controller.get_paramlist_names('pscad')
pscad_version = pscad_versions[0]

# Launch options
opts = dict(silence=True, minimize=False)

pscad = controller.launch(pscad_version, options=opts)

# Select certificate licensing.  Must be done immediately after launch.

# Select desired version from list of installed FORTRAN versions.
# For example, the first listed version:

fortran_versions = controller.get_paramlist_names('fortran')
fortran_version = fortan_versions[0]

# Convert human-readable version name to internal identifier.
fortran_version = controller.get_param('fortran', fortran_version)

# Select desired FORTRAN version.