[solved] Adding new objects from Python while in local-view


In 2.8 how should addons add new objects while the user is in local-view mode and have them show up immediately?

In 2.7x this was accomplished by calling layers_from_view on the newly added object: https://docs.blender.org/api/current/bpy.types.ObjectBase.html?highlight=layers_from_view#bpy.types.ObjectBase.layers_from_view

Example Scenario:

  • User is focused on a particular object in local-view
  • User invokes an addon to wrap the selected object in a new Lattice object
    lattice = bpy.data.lattices.new('dc_lattice')
    lattice_object = bpy.data.objects.new('dc_lattice', lattice)
  • This new lattice object should be visible in local-view immediately (as-if the user had selected both objects before going into local-view)

The api no longer seems to exist and I’m unable to find an equivalent when searching. Should the addon manually go in/out of local-view mode and perform the selection itself?

Note: Objects added by calls to bpy.ops.mesh.primitive_* are shown in local view immediately. Somehow, intentionally or not, they are handling this mode (which is a good thing™)


Well for now I’m doing the following inside the op:

    # Toggle out of local-view mode and re-enter to ensure lattice shows up
    if context.space_data.local_view is not None:


Bumping this.
Local view - as is - is unusable for any addons creating and appending objects.

What would be great to have is:

  1. the ability to add objects to local view, perhaps by linking them similar to collections
  2. without that, at least have the option to turn of viewport movement, then we could at least use the hack above.


There is now a “frame_selected” boolean on the api call. Using localview(frame_selected=False) for both of the calls in workaround above will get the desired behavior for instance.



Yep, it’s working great now, thanks!

This will also maintain the selection states:

def update_local_view(context):
    if context.space_data.local_view:
        visible = [(obj, obj.select_get()) for obj in context.visible_objects]


        for obj, _ in visible:


        for obj, sel in visible:


It’s now possible to add and remove objects to and from local view, see https://developer.blender.org/rBaf0ab15e1dd84aadb32ee8d7a836a08fe6251474

Thanks @ideasman42 and @dfelinto!


Indeed! I actually saw the checkin but completely missed the new api lol. Thanks for keeping the thread going :slight_smile: