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May 14, 2011

Blender 2.5 Python Printing Groups and Objects and using Text Editor

# create a named text object 
>>> bpy.data.texts.new(name="dothistext")
py script to print names of groups in scene and their objects
import bpy

# print a divider

for item in bpy.data.groups:
    for object in item.objects:
        print("--", object.name)
print() statements print to the debug console, if you don't know where that is. read this thread.
( Blender-2.57-User-preferences-and-the-console )

Useful for self when documenting what parts have been optimized manually. someone else might find a use for it. This script makes a textfile inside blender, which will be visible in the 'Text Editor' view.
import bpy
# creates a new text file, named "SceneList"
# writes Groups and contained Objects to it.

newtext = bpy.data.texts["SceneList"] 
# or in one line
# newtext = bpy.data.texts.new(name="SceneList")

newtext.write("="*20 + "\n") # makes a divider

# your scene must contain groups. (groups are a collection of objects)
for item in bpy.data.groups:
    newtext.write(item.name + "\n")
    for object in item.objects:
        newtext.write("--" + object.name + "\n")
An example of reading a file from disk and writing it to a textobject:
# will create a text file called MyTextName (it will appear in the dropdown)

# give give you a reference to that object, once created.
textobject = bpy.data.texts["MyTextName"] 

with open("yourtexttoread.txt", r) as readfile:
    for line in readfile:


  1. Hi,

    It's not a big deal...
    I think No.3 source has bug, don't you?
    Line 6 is
    newtext = bpy.data.texts["dothistext"]
    newtext = bpy.data.texts["SceneList"]



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