I want to check if an addon exists and if it is enabled. So i tried:

loaded_default, loaded_state = addon_utils.check(addon_name)

But i found that i can not distinguish between the 2 cases:

  • Addon is not installed
  • Addon is not enabled

So in the case where i want to programmatically enable an addon, i can only do:

default, state = addon_utils.check(addon_name)
print ("%s: default:%s, state:%s" % (addon_name, default, state) )
if default == False and state is None:
    print("%s is not installed or not enabled by default" % addon_name)

if state != True :
    print("Try to enable module %s On The Fly ..." % addon_name )
        mod = addon_utils.enable(addon_name, default_set=False, persistent=True)
        if mod:
            state = True
        print("Could not enable %s on the fly. Ignore" % addon_name )

But this is ugly. Especially when the module does not exist then i get a stack trace in the console, even when i use a try/except block. For the the example above i get this in the console:

myaddon: default:False, state:None
myaddon is not installed or not enabled by default
Try to enable module myaddon On The Fly ...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "D:\blendergit\cmake-build\bin\Release\2.71\scripts\modules\addon_utils.py", line 299, in enable
    mod = __import__(module_name)
ImportError: No module named 'myaddon'

Is it possible to make this more elegant and avoid to see the stack trace when the child addon does not exist ?


1 Answer 1


If the addon is not 'installed' (i.e. unknown from Blender side), then it won’t be listed in addon_utils.addons_fake_modules. So the solution is:

mod = None
addon_name = "myaddon"
if addon_name not in addon_utils.addons_fake_modules:
    print("%s: Addon not installed." % addon_name)
    default, state = addon_utils.check(addon_name)
    if not state:
            mod = addon_utils.enable(addon_name, default_set=False, persistent=False)
            print("%s: Could not enable Addon on the fly." % addon_name )

if mod:
    print("%s: enabled and running." % addon_name)
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, that was the missing link :) $\endgroup$
    – Gaia Clary
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 12:57
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ You should replace if state != True by if not state $\endgroup$
    – CodeManX
    Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 19:59

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