maya Finding scene objects Finding objects by type


Example

ls() includes a type flag, which lets you find scene nodes of a particular type. For example:

 cameras = cmds.ls(type='camera')
 // [u'topShape', u'sideShape', u'perspShape', u'frontShape']

You can search for multiple types in the same call:

 geometry = cmds.ls(type=('mesh', 'nurbsCurve', 'nurbsSurface'))

You can also search for 'abstract' types, which correspond to Maya's internal class hierarchy. These to find out what node types a particular object represents, use the nodeType command:

cmds.nodeType('pCubeShape1', i=True)  # 'i' includes the inherited object types
// Result: [u'containerBase',
 u'entity',
 u'dagNode',
 u'shape',
 u'geometryShape',
 u'deformableShape',
 u'controlPoint',
 u'surfaceShape',
 u'mesh'] //
 # in this example, ls with any of the above types will return `pCubeShape1`