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Blender 2.91: Python API


  • The Principled BSDF shader has a new Emission Strength input. Material importers and exporters need to be updated to take this into account. (b248ec9)

Scene Ray Cast

The first parameter to the scene.ray_cast() function has changed (e03d53874d, A82ed41ec63). It now receives a Depsgraph instead of a View Layer. This made it possible to fix a crash, and also fixes potential issues when ray-casting is done while rendering (for example from a custom driver function).

# Old call example:
context.scene.ray_cast(context.view_layer, ...)

# New call example:
context.scene.ray_cast(context.view_layer.depsgraph, ...)

The other parameters and the return value has remained the same.

Other changes

  • Add ghost argument to Struct.is_property_set, so it's possible to test if an operator's property is being reused from the last time it was called (d3bcbe10c2).
  • wm.read_homefile now has a use_factory_startup argument, which can be used as a faster alternative when resetting the file contents for tests since wm.read_factory_settings resets preferences (re-registering all add-ons) (cf67ba848f).
  • Add UILayout.introspect() for scripts to access the UI layout (for testing/debugging) (428a1aaf73).
  • New Mesh.attributes API for accessing custom geometry attributes on meshes. This replaces vertex_layers_float, vertex_layers_int, vertex_layers_string, polygon_layers_float, polygon_layers_int and polygon_layers_string, which are now deprecated. Instead .attributes provides a single list of geometry attributes for all combinations of geometry element and data types. Further, the data types have been extended with 3D Float Vector, Byte Color and Float Color. (565510b)
  • New function to save volume grids and metadata to disk. (fc76750)
  • Custom property names can no longer contain ", ', or \. These characters can cause problems with drivers and Python and may not have worked properly in the past. (cbae82ba96)
  • Actions are bound to the type of the datablock they're assigned to; a Camera Data action cannot be assigned to an Object. This "locking" used to happen when the animation was evaluated; now it happens when the Action is assigned. (64583f3e8d)
  • sys.executable now points to the Python interpreter (instead of the Blender executable) (04c5471cee). This resolves multiprocessing which failed to spawn new processes on WIN32.
  • has been deprecated (use sys.executable instead).
  • Since porting bpy.ops.uv.smart_project to C (850234c1b1), angle_limit has to be given in radians.