I have a suite of several addons that I grouped together in a custom tab in Blender 2.7x, assigning the bl_category to the name of my custom suit:

class Panel1(bpy.types.Panel):  # Blender 2.7x
    bl_label = "Panel 1"
    bl_space_type = "VIEW_3D"
    bl_region_type = "TOOLS"
    bl_category = "MyToolSuite"

In Blender 2.80, I would like to group the tools together in a new properties tab. How can I create a custom properties tab?

The following works to put my panel inside an already-existing tab, but does not work to create a new tab to hold all my panels:

class Panel1(bpy.types.Panel):
    bl_label = "Panel 1"
    bl_space_type = "PROPERTIES"
    bl_region_type = "WINDOW"
    # bl_context = "object"     # this puts my panel in the Object tab
    bl_context = "MyToolSuite"  # this does nothing?

What else needs to be done to create a new tab in Blender 2.80?


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    $\begingroup$ I haven't found anything that exposes the Properties Editor to allow us to make custom tabs yet - the existing ones are from an enumerated list that is pulled in from source I think. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 18:07

1 Answer 1


The code you've posted adds a tab to the Tool Shelf, not the Properties. As far as I know you cannot add new tabs to the properties, you can however add tabs in the 3D View.

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In Blender 2.8 you need the following attributes to create your own tab:

bl_category = "Name of your tab"
bl_space_type = "VIEW_3D"
bl_region_type = "UI"

A minimal add-on that adds a panel in a separate tab:

import bpy

class EXAMPLE_PT_panel(bpy.types.Panel):
    bl_label = "My own addon"
    bl_category = "Name of your tab"
    bl_space_type = "VIEW_3D"
    bl_region_type = "UI"

    def draw(self, context):
        layout = self.layout

        layout.label(text="This is a label")

classes = (EXAMPLE_PT_panel,)

def register():
    for cls in classes:

def unregister():
    for cls in classes:

if __name__ == "__main__":

Screenshot of the custom panel

  • $\begingroup$ Aha. Since the Tool Shelf no longer exists as before in 2.80, I figured the next best place to put my tools was over with the Properties. But your solution is better. Thanks rjg! $\endgroup$
    – Animik
    Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 16:40

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