The following:

bpy.data.objects['Cube'].select = True

bpy.context.scene.objects.active = bpy.data.objects['Sphere.017']

don't work in Blender 2.8, they did in 2.79 though.
How should I select (multiple) objects with Python in Blender 2.8?


3 Answers 3


According to the API changes:

In 2.7x, you could directly (de)select an Object from its select property. This has been removed in 2.8x, in favor of some get/set functions.

bpy.data.objects['Cube'].select = True    # 2.7x
bpy.data.objects['Cube'].select_set(True) # 2.8+

Proof using the Console:

>>> bpy.context.scene.objects["Cube"].select_set(True)
>>> bpy.context.scene.objects["Cube"].select_get()

API Link: docs.blender.org/api/current/bpy.types.Object.html#bpy.types.Object.select_set

Example on how to select a certain object in the scene and make it the active object:

ob = bpy.context.scene.objects["Cube"]       # Get the object
bpy.ops.object.select_all(action='DESELECT') # Deselect all objects
bpy.context.view_layer.objects.active = ob   # Make the cube the active object 
ob.select_set(True)                          # Select the cube

Example on how to select multiple objects by name:

for o in ("Cube", "Camera", "Light"):
   obj = bpy.context.scene.objects.get(o)
   if obj: obj.select_set(True)

Example on how to select all objects of a certain collection:

col = bpy.data.collections.get("Collection")
if col:
   for obj in col.objects:
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    $\begingroup$ Found the answer...this works!! obj = bpy.context.window.scene.objects['cube'] bpy.context.view_layer.objects.active = obj $\endgroup$ Apr 3, 2019 at 13:51

adding thoses two lines work in 2.79, but not in 2.80

bpy.context.scene.objects.active = OB
OB.select = True

the api has change for this new version, so for 2.8 its

bpy.context.view_layer.objects.active = OB

so now my correct code is this

import bpy

OB = bpy.context.selected_objects[0]
bpy.ops.object.empty_add(type='PLAIN_AXES', view_align=False, location=(bpy.context.scene.cursor_location))
OA = bpy.context.selected_objects[0]
bpy.context.object.name = "Mirror Axes"
OB.modifiers["Mirror"].mirror_object = bpy.data.objects["Mirror Axes"]
bpy.context.view_layer.objects.active = OB
open_menu("D Mirror Menu")

The line bpy.context.object = OB throws an exception. Context property "object" is read-only.

In 2.79 and below, we can set the scene's active object with the scene's property:

bpy.context.scene.objects.active = OB
  • $\begingroup$ i already tried "bpy.context.scene.objects.active = OB" it dont work for me, 2.8, the empty is still selected $\endgroup$
    – Dorian
    Dec 8, 2018 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Dorian The question doesn't say anything about 2.8... $\endgroup$
    – Leander
    Dec 8, 2018 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ the code change for a simple operation like that ? i didnt know that $\endgroup$
    – Dorian
    Dec 8, 2018 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Dorian Yes, 2.8 works different in that area. Handling the context scenes and collections (which were only introduced in 2.8). I suggest you edit your question to include that info. $\endgroup$
    – Leander
    Dec 8, 2018 at 15:32
  • $\begingroup$ thanks for the info, i did, i aslo try it in 2.79, dont work either $\endgroup$
    – Dorian
    Dec 8, 2018 at 15:33

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