How can I make Auto Keying respect the active keying set in 2.8?

Manually inserting keyframes with i in the viewport uses the active keying set properly. But the auto keying feature looks at it, scoffs, and does whatever it wants. Is there another setting somewhere? Is this a known bug?

Any help is appreciated.

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Open a fresh copy of blender v 2.80 (i use the Steam version)
  2. While keeping primal cube selected, change bottom view to Dope Sheet
  3. Change Context to Action Editor
  4. Create a new action
  5. Change the bottom view to timeline
  6. Open the Keying dropdown, and change Active Keying Set to Rotation enter image description here
  7. Turn Auto Keying on
  8. Rotate the cube in the main scene
  9. In the timeline view, expand everything
  10. You should see XYZ Location, Rotation and Scale keyframes

I would expect #10 to only have rotation keyframes. Nothing about Location or Scale.

Manually recording keyframes works fine:

Continue from step 6 above.

  1. Rotate the cube in the main scene
  2. Press i in the main scene
  3. In the timeline view, expand everything
  4. You should see XYZ Rotation only. Nothing about Location or Scale

Am I missing something? This makes auto keying useless for me :(

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    $\begingroup$ In 2.79 there is the option you want next to the Automatic Keyframe Insertion button, it allows to create keyframe only for the select active keying, I don't know where is this option in 2.8 $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Commented Aug 6, 2019 at 13:56

2 Answers 2


Thanks @moonboots for pointing out where it was in 2.79. After looking around, I realized am blind...

If you open the Keying dropdown I used in my example above, the same button does exist in 2.8, is placed next to Add & Replace, and once you toggle it on, the auto function will start respecting the Keying Set.

enter image description here


For Blender 3.x series, they moved this option again. Now, when you turn on Auto Keying, there is a drop down box next to it that has the Only Active Keying Set option.

Only Active Keying Set


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