I was basically wondering how you can shorten your object names automatically instead of going in and do it manually on countless of objects.

I know there is a object renaming add-on, but this only renames all the objects.

So, if anybody knows how I can just shorten the object names, I'd be very grateful!

  • $\begingroup$ @Mr Zak My mistake, I've corrected the question to object names. It's for exporting a *.3ds file, which doesn't allow more than a certain amount of characters in object names. $\endgroup$ – Skull Kid Apr 23 '19 at 17:36
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    $\begingroup$ Please edit this detail into question. Do you know how many is a certain amount? $\endgroup$ – batFINGER Apr 23 '19 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ It's ten characters. It can all be read on the Wikipedia article $\endgroup$ – Skull Kid Apr 23 '19 at 17:52
  • $\begingroup$ I basically have to shorten all objects name's in my scene, to be able to export in *.3ds properly, the batch renamer doesn't support this currently. $\endgroup$ – Skull Kid May 15 '19 at 5:19

This script renames all the objects and assigns a number.

import bpy

objects = bpy.context.scene.objects

for i in range(0, len(objects)):
    objects[i].name = "object" + str(i)
    objects[i].data.name = "object" + str(i)

You can do this by using Python:

import bpy

objects = bpy.context.selected_objects

# number of chars you want to remove
n = 1

for obj in objects:
    new_name = obj.name[:-n]
    obj.name = new_name

Just copy this script to a Text Editor panel, select your objects and click Run Script (on the bottom bar).

P.S.: Keep in mind that Blender automatically adds a numeric suffix to the names if you have more than 1 object with the same name.

  • $\begingroup$ more on the PS, will have opposite effect re shortening names if run on for example (a not unlikely list of 3 objects): "Cube.001, Cube.002, Cube.003" result "Cube.00, Cube.00.001, Cube.00.002" and again "Cube.0, Cube.00.00, Cube.00.00.001". $\endgroup$ – batFINGER Apr 23 '19 at 17:38

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