I'm searching how to batch set/get vertex group data inside blender. using foreach_get() foreach_set() function from bpy.data.objects[0].data.vertices & numpy for a fast calculation.

but it seem that those two function only accept really simple properties? and batch actions on vertex_groups/vcol are not possible in blender ?

this code below is throwing me errors

vertices[...]' elements have no attribute 'groups[0].weight'

but this error message is False the elements does have this attribute !!

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note that this error message also occur with getattr() and setattr()

import bpy
import numpy as np

def print_weight(o, vg_name, use_modifiers=True):
    #eval object modifiers to mesh?
    if use_modifiers:
          depsgraph = bpy.context.evaluated_depsgraph_get()
          eo = o.evaluated_get(depsgraph)
          ob = eo.to_mesh(preserve_all_data_layers=True, depsgraph=depsgraph)
    else: ob = o.data
    #slow method
    weight_values = []
    for v in ob.vertices:
        weight_values.append( v.groups[o.vertex_groups[vg_name].index].weight )
    #trying fast batch_get method, unsuccessful..
    weight_values = np.zeros((len(ob.vertices) * 3), dtype=np.float, )
    i = o.vertex_groups[vg_name].index
    ob.vertices.foreach_get(f"groups[{i}].weight", weight_values, )


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    $\begingroup$ Incorrect assumption. groups[0].weight Is not one attribute. weight is an attribute of groups[0]. $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Nov 10, 2020 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ oh, of course ! then i assume there's no way to quickly batch get those properties, sad Thanks for the answer $\endgroup$
    – DB3D
    Nov 10, 2020 at 12:44
  • $\begingroup$ Don't think so since it will also be a task to size the flat array to populate. Related blender.stackexchange.com/questions/135152/… $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Nov 10, 2020 at 12:47
  • $\begingroup$ May also be of interest blender.stackexchange.com/questions/75223/… $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Nov 10, 2020 at 13:24

1 Answer 1


I'm not entirely sure if this already is possible in some way but I made a patch last year that hasn't been reviewed yet to read/write vertex weights in batches. It speeds it up by around a factor of 8x. If you really really need it (and only on your computer) you can download and compile yourself. https://developer.blender.org/D6227

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    $\begingroup$ Oh man, i really hope this will merged one day, I have addons that could heavily benefit from this patch. $\endgroup$
    – DB3D
    Nov 29, 2020 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ I really need this patch lol. I see that the foreach_set/get patches got approved fast, could this be rewritten the same way to get it approved faster? $\endgroup$
    – VSB
    Dec 6, 2020 at 23:33
  • $\begingroup$ I'll see what I can do to speed it up. Would like to get it reviewed atleast so that I will know what to change / how to design it and hopefully have something ready for 2.92 if it's accepted. $\endgroup$
    – ecke101
    Dec 8, 2020 at 0:07
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry for noobish question, but the patch will help "only" for custom addons & scripts, but it won't increase the speed of general Weight Painting (which is super-slow in case of larger meshes), right? $\endgroup$ May 24, 2021 at 16:38

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