How can I access the actual structure of a Mesh datablock in memory using the value returned from bpy.types.Mesh.as_pointer() In 2.79 Blender there used to be a possibility to do that by just passing the pointer value to your C++ module or Python's ctypes and referencing that pointer with an appropriate type. Example for 2.7 can be seen here: https://blenderartists.org/t/exporting-triangles-api-challenges/694524/2

However, when I access it the same way in 2.8, I get a struct which is 0-ed. It does contain a valid ID sub-struct in it, but the rest of the data is nulled. Could that be the issue brought by the new depsgraph in 2.8?

C++ side:

#include "mesh_utils.hpp"

extern "C"
    #include "bl_src/makesdna/DNA_mesh_types.h"
    #include <blenkernel/BKE_editmesh.h>
    #include <bmesh.h>

#include <iostream>

namespace bpy_boost

BlenderMesh::BlenderMesh(::std::uintptr_t mesh_pointer)
    const Mesh* mesh = reinterpret_cast<const Mesh*>(mesh_pointer);

    ::std::cout << (uint32_t)mesh->totloop << ::std::endl;


Python side:

def execute(self, context):

        from ..bpy_boost.src.bpy_boost import Mesh

        ds = bpy.context.evaluated_depsgraph_get()
        obj = bpy.context.view_layer.objects.active

        object_eval = obj.evaluated_get(ds)
        if object_eval:
            mesh = object_eval.to_mesh()

            if mesh: 
                if not mesh.loop_triangles:
                    mesh = None

            if mesh:
                if mesh.use_auto_smooth:
                    if not mesh.has_custom_normals:


                if mesh.has_custom_normals:

            ptr = mesh.as_pointer()


        return {'FINISHED'}

The validity of the pointer value between Python and C++ has been checked. Python-C++ interface is done with Cython and is not provided here since it is not important.


I managed to figure this issue out. It made a mistake using a Mesh structure from 2.9 Blender sources instead of 2.82 which is the Blender build I am running this code on. The mesh.as_pointer() does give a valid pointer to the DNA Mesh struct right away.


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