Perform Mode

Perform Mode is an optimized mode for live performance that only renders a specified Window COMP. The rest of the TouchDesigner network editing interface is not rendered while in Perform Mode.

Using Perform Modeedit

By default, the Window COMP /perform is setup to render in Perform Mode.

Enter Perform Mode - click the PerformButton.png button on the left side of the Layout bar or use the F1 function key to enter Perform Mode. You will now only be able to interact with the window specified in the Window COMP.

Exit Perform Mode - press the Escape key while your cursor is over perform window to leave Perform mode and go back to the full TouchDesigner network editing interface.

Configuration Optionsedit

In the Window Placement Dialog you can view all Window COMPs in your project and configure them. The first column in the list, called Perform Window, lets you set which Window Component will be used by default for Perform Mode. This controls which will open when using the UI Perform Mode button or pressing F1.

The settings (size, location, behavior) for the window which opens are all set in Window COMP's parameters.

Startup Optionsedit

A default TouchDesigner starts in Designer Mode, which is where you edit your network, nodes and parameters.

In the Window Placement Dialog, you can turn on "Start in Perform Mode" to force TouchDesigner to start in Perform Mode for this project. After changing this setting, save the project file and on restart the project will open directly into Perform Mode.

When TouchDesigner starts in Perform mode, the extra memory the Designer interface requires will not be used.


TouchPlayer runs exclusively in Perform Mode. Your project's perform mode settings will determine how it runs in TouchPlayer.

If the project file has Privacy option is set, you cannot exit Perform mode back into Designer Mode.

You can also enter Perform Mode using python: ui.performMode = True. See UI_Class.

See also Designer Mode, Window Placement and Window COMP.