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Some Blender 2.80 scripting notes


I had crashes while scripting the CUDA devices selection (b3d v2.83 + 4x GTX 2080 GPU).

The original code was :

preferences = bpy.context.preferences
cycles_preferences = preferences.addons["cycles"].preferences
cuda_devices, opencl_devices = cycles_preferences.get_devices()

After reading a comment in blender source code :

/* Lazy initialize devices. On some platforms OpenCL or CUDA drivers can
   * be broken and cause crashes when only trying to get device info, so
   * we don't want to do any initialization until the user chooses to. */

Changed code to the following, seems to prevent (most?) crashes :

devices = cycles_preferences.get_devices_for_type('CUDA')

Object linked materials

import bpy

def remove_object_linked_material_slots():
    2020/10/21 - In Blender 2.80-2.90+, Cycles do *not* instance objects sharing the same
    mesh datablock when they have materials linked to 'Object' in their material_slots.

    all_objs = dict()

    for obj in

        if obj.type != 'MESH':

        mesh =
        mtls = tuple( [ slot.material for slot in obj.material_slots ] )
        key = ( mesh, mtls )
        all_objs.setdefault(key, []).append(obj)

    print("*" * 60)

    for key in all_objs:

        objs = all_objs[key]
        if len(objs) > 1:

            mesh, mtls = key
            newmesh = mesh.copy()

            for obj in objs:
       = newmesh
                for i, mtl in enumerate(mtls):
                    mtl_slot = obj.material_slots[i]
           = 'DATA'
                    mtl_slot.material = mtl


  • Material slots :
    • bpy.ops.object.material_slot_add({'object':obj})
    • bpy.ops.object.material_slot_remove({'object': obj})
  • Could not a find a way to get material preview images from a script, browsing the source code, they seem to be generated in an async way only in the related UI components

GLTF export

To export ambient occlusion textures, one have to use a glTF Settings node group, which can be created by script :

import bpy

# create a group
gltfSettings_group ='glTF Settings', 'ShaderNodeTree')

# create group inputs
group_inputs ='NodeGroupInput')
group_inputs.location = (-100,0)'NodeSocketFloat','Occlusion')

# create group outputs
group_outputs ='NodeGroupOutput')
group_outputs.location = (100,0)
import bpy
def nodeTreeRemoveAllNodes(nodeTree):
Preserve the 'output node'
allNodes = nodeTree.nodes[:]
outputNode = nodeTree.get_output_node('ALL')
for node in allNodes:
if node == outputNode:
def copyNodeTree(srcNodeTree, dstNodeTree, reuseOutputNode=True):
# TODO(nll) handle 'parent' nodes
# TODO(nll) handle node groups
srcToDst = {}
if reuseOutputNode:
srcOutputNode = srcNodeTree.get_output_node('ALL')
dstOutputNode = dstNodeTree.get_output_node('ALL')
srcToDst[srcOutputNode] = dstOutputNode
# Copy all nodes into destination node_tree
# Including property values (for example, ShaderNodeBsdfPrincipled.distribution)
ATTRS_TO_SKIP = set( [ "__doc__", "__module__", "__slots__", "rna_type", "bl_rna", "dimensions", "id_data", "type", "name", "inputs", "outputs", "internal_links", "parent", "select", "bl_idname", "bl_label", "bl_description", "bl_icon", "bl_static_type", "bl_width_default", "bl_width_min", "bl_width_max", "bl_height_default", "bl_height_min", "bl_height_max" ] )
for node in srcNodeTree.nodes:
if node in srcToDst:
newNode =
for key in dir(newNode):
if key in ATTRS_TO_SKIP:
attr = getattr(node, key)
if callable(attr):
setattr(newNode, key, attr)
srcToDst[node] = newNode
# Sockets : set default_value and recreate links
for srcNode, dstNode in srcToDst.items():
for socketIndex, srcInputSocket in enumerate(srcNode.inputs):
dstInputSocket = dstNode.inputs[socketIndex]
except IndexError:
# Can happen when relinking output nodes of different types
if hasattr(srcInputSocket, 'default_value'):
dstInputSocket.default_value = srcInputSocket.default_value
for link in srcInputSocket.links:
srcOutputSockIndex = findSocketIndex(link.from_node.outputs, link.from_socket)
dstOutputNode = srcToDst[link.from_node]
dstOutputSocket = dstOutputNode.outputs[srcOutputSockIndex], dstOutputSocket)
def findSocketIndex(sockets, socket):
for index, s in enumerate(sockets):
if s == socket:
return index
raise ValueError()
# Example use
srcMtl =['Material']
dstMtl =['Material.001']
srcNodeTree = srcMtl.node_tree
dstNodeTree = dstMtl.node_tree
srcMtl =['Material.001']
srcNodeTree = srcMtl.node_tree
dstNodeTree =['Light'].node_tree
print("*" * 80)
copyNodeTree(srcNodeTree, dstNodeTree)
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