Very simple question from a very new add-on developer. How would one go about detecting when a scene is started fresh or loaded from file?

For example, if you have some add-on preference variable that is related to the scene in some way, you may want to process that variable when the scene is dramatically changed. I believe this would primarily happen when a new scene is started or when one is loaded from file. Anyone know of a simple way to detect when that happens?

Thanks for any information


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You can use application handlers which can be executed before or after specific operations. For your case there is a load_post handler, kicking in after the blend file is loaded and even a load_pre handler kicking in before the file is loading. Simple add-on example using bpy.app.handlers.load_post handler:

bl_info = {
    "name": "Load Handler",
    "author": "Your Name Here",
    "version": (0, 1),
    "blender": (2, 80, 0),
    "category": "Development"

import bpy
from bpy.app.handlers import persistent

def load_post_handler(dummy):
    print("Event: load_post", bpy.data.filepath)

def register():

def unregister():    

if __name__ == "__main__":
  • $\begingroup$ This wouldn't be triggered when a new scene is created though. I think that would only work with the depsgraph_update_post handler and a check whether the number of scenes have changed. $\endgroup$
    – Robert Gützkow
    Sep 6, 2019 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ Right, thanks @rjg! I think the OP wants to load a 'file' rather. We will see, I keep you posted :D Otherwise just add an answer, I would appreciate it (at least). $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Sep 6, 2019 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ @Robert BTW what you're describing is the creation of a new project. Scenes are a different concept, you can have multiple scenes in a project. $\endgroup$
    – Robert Gützkow
    Sep 6, 2019 at 23:14
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    $\begingroup$ @Robert the @persistent is a decorator that marks callbacks which are kept even when a new project is loaded (docs.blender.org/api/current/bpy.app.handlers.html) $\endgroup$
    – Robert Gützkow
    Sep 6, 2019 at 23:41
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    $\begingroup$ When it comes to addon development, I'd suggest start here: How to create a custom UI? - There you also can find a pretty sweet template to start with, easy... @Robert $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Sep 7, 2019 at 16:42

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