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Godot 4.0 Migration/Upgrade guide
## For a beginner-friendly version of the following (more advanced users likely will get better use of the below,
## if you're just starting out...), see this new gist:
This document represents the beginning of an upgrade or migration document for GDScript 2.0 and Godot 4.0. I'm focusing on 2D
at the moment as I'm upgrading a 2D game, but will hopefully have more to add for 3D afterward.
## If you want more content like this, please help fund my cat's medical bills at - thank you very much! On to the migration guide.
# Godot 4.0 Upgrade/Migration Guide
# GDScript:
Renames - the following classes have been renamed:
Node.raise() -> CanvasItem.move_to_front()
SceneTree.change_scene -> SceneTree.change_scene_to_file
SceneTree.change_scene_to -> SceneTree.change_scene_to_packed
ssl -> tls in properties and methods across the board
in range properties: or_lesser -> or_less
Curve/Curve2D/Curve3D/Gradient interpolate -> sample
caret_blink_speed -> caret_blink_interval
CanvasItem update -> queue_redraw
AABB/Rect2/Rect2i has_no_* methods -> has_* methods
TileMap/GridMap world_to_map -> local_to_map
TileMap/GridMap map_to_world -> map_to_local
uniform -> parameter in various places across the engine
ProgressBar percent_visible -> show_percentage
JavaScript singleton -> JavaScriptBridge
range_lerp -> remap
PopupMenu get_current_index -> get_focused_item
StreamPeerSSL -> StreamPeerTLS
EditorInterface get_editor_main_control -> get_editor_main_screen
str2var -> str_to_var
deg2rad -> deg_to_rad
rad2deg -> rad_to_deg
ParticlesMaterial -> ParticlesProcessMaterial
Position2D -> Marker2D
Position3D -> Marker3D
Label & RichTextLabel percent_visible -> visible_ratio
PathFollow's offsets -> progress & progress_ratio
hint_tooltip -> tooltip_text
Rename JavaScript platform to Web
PoolByteArray -> PackedByteArray
PoolColorArray -> PackedColorArray
PoolFloat32Array -> PackedFloat32Array
PoolFloat64Array -> PackedFloat64Array
PoolInt32Array -> PackedInt32Array
PoolInt64Array -> PackedInt64Array
PoolStringArray -> PackedStringArray
PoolVector2Array -> PackedVector2Array
PoolVector3Array -> PackedVector3Array
# Multiplayer:
The arguments that can be used with @rpc must be one of:
mode: call_local, call_remote
sync: any_peer, authority
transfer_mode: reliable, unreliable, or unreliable_ordered
channel: this is just an integer, not a string, and represents what channel you may want to send data on, so you aren't cluttering up the main channel with text for chat (for instance)
With the above values for mode, sync, and transfer_mode, you can just write the exact value as a string in your @rpc annotation; it does not have to be quoted like most strings in GDScript.
## Variables:
`instance()` has been renamed to `instantiate()`.
## Exports:
Switch to @export; if you have a type hint in parentheses and no default value, add the hint at the end after a colon, like so:
@export var Speed: float
You *must* provide a minimum amount of type information at the current time, by including a : hint value, or a default value representing the type.
If you have a range to limit your floats, switch to use @export_range(float, float);
If exporting a string or integer as an enum, switch to @export_enum(VALUE1, VALUE2, VALUE3) var Name
If exporting a named enum, switch to @export with hint at the end, e.g.:
enum weapon_type { Sword, Gun, SwordGun, Knife, KnifeGun}
@export var WeaponType: weapon_type
If exporting strings, you can force the editor to show a large textbox for your string with @export_multiline
You may use @export and @onready at the same time, just like before:
@export @onready var MaxHitPoints = 10 # See onready below for more
Other useful hints:
## Onready:
Switch to @onready
## Properties:
Properties now follow the form:
var hp_value: int:
hp_value = value
return hp_value
## Tweens:
Tweens are not nodes anymore! These are references, similar to timers you create with the scene tree.
var sprite = $Sprite
var tween := get_tree().create_tween() # can omit get_tree() if you wish; this will bind the tween to the node, see below for more
tween.tween_property(sprite, "position", sprite.position + Vector2(16.0, 16.0), 1.0)
# Object to tween, nodepath to property to tween, end goal for the value, amount of time to take in seconds
There is also tween_interval, which waits for a given amount of time before tweening (similar to a timer), tween_callback, which does
the same thing as interpolate_callback, and tween_method, which calls a method on an object with an argument that goes from the initial
value to the final value, or in other words the same as interpolate_method.
You can chain tweening methods together - call one after the other, like so:
// above
tween.tween_property(sprite, "position", sprite.position + Vector2(16.0, 16.0), 1.0)
tween.tween_property(sprite, "rotation", sprite.rotation + deg2rad(180.0), 1.0)
### Tween binding:
A tween can be bound to a node so that if the node is either not in the tree or paused, it will affect the tween as well.
### Tween looping:
Tweens can have any number of loops by using the set_loops(loops) method; 0 will cause infinite loops.
You can stop/reset, pause, resume, or destroy a tween
Tweens can run in parallel with tween.parallel()
Similarly, tweens can have all subsequent tween calls be parallel after calling Tween.set_parallel(true)
You can use tween.set_ease() and tween.set_trans() to set the easing function and transition type respectively
You can use as_relative() to make the final value be relative:
// Equivalent to above
tween.tween_property(sprite, "position", Vector2(16.0, 16.0), 1.0).as_relative()
To consistently move the same amount from one spot to the next, such as grid-based movement, you can do the above and set the number of loops.
# Yield/await:
No more yields, only awaits! Ultimately, this comes down to:
yield(get_tree(), "idle_frame")
await get_tree().process_frame
Similarly, to await a common signal, you might do something like:
await $AnimationPlayer.animation_finished
# Signals:
For yielding/awaiting signals, see yield/await above.
Note that signals are now first-class language features, meaning you no longer rely on strings for them. That means you can swap any connect calls like this:
button.connect("pressed", self, "_on_button_pressed")
button.pressed.connect(_on_button_pressed) # Feel the power!
button.connect("pressed", self, "_on_button_pressed", [button], CONNECT_DEFERRED)
button.pressed.connect(_on_button_pressed.bind(button)), CONNECT_DEFERRED)
`button.connect("pressed", other_object, "on_button_pressed", [button], CONNECT_DEFERRED)`
`button.pressed.connect(other_object.on_button_pressed.bind(button)), CONNECT_DEFERRED)`
This also changes how you have to call to emit signals. It is now:
signal_name.emit(arg1, arg2, etc_arg)
## Functions:
Functions are now also first-class language features. That means you can use lambda expressions, which are concise bits of code representing a function, like so:
var _current_value = 0
@onready var _button = $Button
@onready var _text = $LineEdit
func _ready():
_button.pressed.connect(func(): _current_value += float(_text.text)) # Convert to a float and add to the current value to place a bet
It's important to note that just because you *can* add a lambda expression, you probably shouldn't always do it. It is often much cleaner to make a separate method,
like in 3.x, and attach it instead of a lambda.
## Resources:
If you need to load a resource in a script, when you drag the resource into the script in order to get the exact path, you can hold down ctrl while doing so and have it automatically place the preload.
# Nodes:
YSort node removed, functionality moved to Node2D
### Renamed nodes:
Spatial → Node3D
GIProbe → VoxelGI
BakedLightmap → LightmapGI
Light2D -> PointLight2D
VisibilityNotifier2D -> VisibleOnScreenNotifier2D (this removes Viewport-related signals)
VisibilityNotifier3D -> VisibleOnScreenNotifier3D (this removes Viewport-related signals)
VisibilityEnabler2D -> VisibleOnScreenEnabler2D
VisibilityEnabler3D -> VisibleOnScreenEnabler3D
The Pool*Array nodes have been renamed to Packed*Array, and instead of being passed by value, they are now passed by reference.
## Physics changes:
is renamed to:
The physics queries now have to have parameters created and passed to the various ray functions, like so:
var params =
params.from = first_pos = second_pos
params.exclude = obstacles
var result = space_state.intersect_ray(params)
RayCast2D.cast_to -> target_position
File dropping functionality is now moved from SceneTree (3.x) to Viewport (4.x).
Also it doesn't emit the screen argument anymore.
# 3.x
func _ready() -> void:
get_tree().connect("files_dropped", self, "_on_files_dropped")
func _on_files_dropped(files: PoolStringArray, screen: int) -> void:
# 4.x
func _ready() -> void:
func on_files_dropped(files: PackedStringArray) -> void:
File is now FileAccess and open() is now a static method that returns such object. To then check for errors, call file_access.get_error()
## KinematicBody2D:
KinematicBody2D has been renamed to CharacterBody2D, and a bunch of features have been added to it, such as:
- A new template script, that already implements basic movement and jumping for a 2d-platform style game
- Moving is now built-in to the class, which contains lots of properties to define how the movement works
- move_and_slide now no longer takes any parameters, and uses built-in velocity to control where it is going.
var velocity = Vector2.ZERO
func _process(delta):
velocity = velocity.move_towards(direction*200)
velocity = move_and_slide(velocity)
func _process(delta)
velocity = velocity.move_towards(direction*200)
- It has built-in collision including slopes and moving platforms
CollisionObject2D: The type of the first parameter of the method _input_event() was changed from Object to Viewport. (This may only matter if static typing is being used.)
CollisionObject3D (renamed from CollisionObject): The type of the first parameter of the method _input_event() was changed from Object to Camera3D. (This may only matter if static typing is being used.)
String constructor String(int) removed. Suggested replacement: global method str().
""" triple quote multi line string can no longer be used as comment
In Godot 3, the modulate would be independent of the shader material and it would affect whatever the shader material produced in COLOR. However, in Godot 4, modulate is the "input" of the shader material and whatever is written to COLOR in the shader will be the final result, see: godotengine/godot#49781
Godot 3's FuncRef
was replaced & extended with
Godot 4's Callable
Texture get_data renamed to Texture2D get_image
3.x Image get_rect renamed in 4 to get_region
3.x Image create
var img =
img.create(width, height, false, Image.FORMAT_RGBA8)
4.x Image create
var img = Image.create(width, height, false, Image.FORMAT_RGBA8)
Engine.editor_hint is now Engine.is_editor_hint()
EditorImportPlugin, and probably most other plugin methods, have renamed all the require function overloads. In most cases, though, it should just be adding and underscore _ to the function names. For instance, import(parameters) becomes _import(parameters).
OS.get_window_safe_area() -> DisplayServer.get_display_safe_area()
Godot 4 beta 13 removed the global class list cache altogether from project.godot into a separate file in the .godot folder. Also removed retrieving the global class list from ProjectSettings. The new way to retrieve that is:
var config =
var classes = config.get_value('', 'list', [])
# Shaders:
SCREEN_TEXTURE is no longer available in shaders; instead, you do this at the top of your shader where you define your uniforms:
`uniform sampler2D SCREEN_TEXTURE: hint_screen_texture, filter_linear_mipmap;`
When using a ShaderMaterial, shader_param has been renamed to shader_parameter, e.g.:
`create_tween().tween_property(target.material, "shader_param/transparency", 1.0, 2.0)`
changes to
`create_tween().tween_property(target.material, "shader_parameter/transparency", 1.0, 2.0)`
Some further changes to shader naming:
depth_draw_alpha_prepass -> depth_draw_opaque
hint_aniso -> hint_anisotropy
hint_black -> hint_default_black
hint_black_albedo -> hint_default_black
hint_albedo -> source_color
hint_color -> source_color
hint_white -> hint_default_white
has become:
## Logical tests:
You can no longer test an object's nullness simply by saying "if object:", nor with `not` like so: "if not object:". There's no longer any implicit conversion between these.
The end of array.slice() is no longer inclusive of the final element, as it has been changed to exclusive ending.
Change log:
1/27 - initial add
1/27 - Bitron adds yield/await, signals
1/27 - Kyle adds functions
1/29 - Kyle adds instanciate(), preload trick
1/29 - Kobewi adds new example for connecting in a deferred fashion to signals
1/30 - Kyle adds YSort and other node info, add property syntax
2/1 - Dardan adds Pool* vs Packed* array info
2/20 - Deanut adds Physics-related changes
3/27 - Deanut adds further examples for await changes
9/13 - Kyle adds renames
9/28 - Bitbrain adds File changes, and Fenix adds file dropping changes.
9/29 - Kyle adds some multiplayer love with the @rpc annotation information
9/29 - Zemeio adds KinematicBody2D to CharacterBody2D updates
11/27 - hsandt updates signal connect examples
1/2/23 - DaveTheOldCoder adds CollisionObjectXD updates! As well as String constructor.
- filipworksdev adds triple quote comment note
- bitbrain adds modulate-related changes
- Structed adds note about FuncRef
- afk-mario adds notes about Texture's get_data change and get_rect on 3.x Image, and finally creating an image by code.
1/9/23 - sztrovacsek92 adds shader editor info for hint_color vs source_color.
2/8/23 - dploeger adds editor_hint changes
- chucklepie adds some other VisibleOnScreenNotifier2D changes and EditorImportPlugin changes
- kristijandraca adds change to OS for window safe area to DisplayServer
- Structed adds global class list cache changes
- Bitbrain adds u-seful shader updates
- nonunknown adds multiple shader-related renames
- Added link to new beginner-friendly guide that I've created to help beginners understand the differences
3/9/23 - naturally-intelligent added change for OS.has_touchscreen_ui_hint(), and changes in logical tests
- Kyle adds some formatting to make the beginnger conversion guide more obvious
- afk-mario adds RayCast2D changes
- ChronoDK adds array slice changes
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Gnumaru commented Oct 7, 2023

I never expected this ready constant in Node2D, it really was a surprise to me. it is not mentioned in the docs though. Maybe it's a bug?


This is not just with Node2D, it's the base Node class


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@Gnumaru Yep, was a gotcha for me as well. Not mentioned anywhere! Might be worth creating a bug report for it.

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OS.get_time_zone_info() has moved to Time.get_time_zone_from_system()


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