What is the python command to check if current view is in orthographic or perspective mode?

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Get the space data of the 3D view area. A screen is split up into areas. The space associated with area is the active space. The spaces 3d region has the view settings.

>>> for i, a in enumerate(C.screen.areas):
...     i, a.type
(1, 'CONSOLE')
(2, 'VIEW_3D')

>>> space = C.screen.areas[2].spaces.active

If we are sure we are in a 3d view (a panel there, an operator that polls there) then instead use

space = context.space_data

the property to change is view_perspective, in example below I am in perspective view

>>> space.region_3d.view_perspective

Tip A quick way to find the options available is crunch in something wrong.

>>> space.region_3d.view_perspective = 'FOO'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<blender_console>", line 1, in <module>
TypeError: bpy_struct: item.attr = val: enum "FOO" not found in ('PERSP', 'ORTHO', 'CAMERA')

Check if in ortho view. Could also check if in camera view, is camera ortho

>>> ortho_view = space.region_3d.view_perspective == 'ORTHO'

or perhaps (needs testing)

>>> ortho_view = not space.region_3d.is_perspective

Set to ortho

>>> space.region_3d.view_perspective = 'ORTHO'

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