How can I get a reference to the object created by bpy.ops.object.duplicate()? It seems that bpy.context.object used to have it, but not anymore.


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bpy.ops.object.duplicate() finishes with the duplicated object as the currently selected object. Therefore, bpy.context.object is the reference to the new object.

Ex (assume object selected in 3d viewport):

import bpy

dupli_obj = bpy.context.object
print(dupli_obj.name)             #check the console 

If you run this code, does it not give you what you expect?

  • $\begingroup$ I tried your script in a brand new file. It returned the original Cube, not Cube.001 that was created. I know it's weird, but that's what happens, at least in v2.81.16. $\endgroup$ Feb 14, 2020 at 0:49
  • $\begingroup$ That's what I'm running as well and it behaves just as I explained. No idea why it isn't working for you. $\endgroup$ Feb 14, 2020 at 1:11
  • $\begingroup$ Works for me too 2.83.2. Worth mentioning it will dupe all selected objects. $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Feb 14, 2020 at 12:01

Try bpy.context.active_object, works for me else try bpy.context.selected_objects[0]


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