EDIT (Solution):

I was able to fix this by adding the following line:

bpy.context.scene.render.engine = 'CYCLES'

This works fine for me as I need to use the cycles engine anyways

Original Post:

I'm writing a standalone python script to render .OBJ files automatically, without a .blend file or anything. I installed bpy 2.82 on my windows machine using the instructions found here. And I have python 3.7.9 installed.

Currently, as just a test to get my bearings, I tried the following code to try to setup a simple scene, load in a .OBJ, and render it out:

    import bpy
    import os
    from math import radians

    maplet_path = 'obj_files\\bunny.obj'
    image_out_path = 'render.png'

    # Create a Scene:
    scene       = bpy.data.scenes.new("Scene")
    camera_data = bpy.data.cameras.new("Camera")
    light_data  = bpy.data.lights.new(name="Light", type='SUN')

    # Import the maplet data:
    local_path = os.getcwd()
    scene.render.filepath = os.path.join(local_path,image_out_path)

    # Get handles for all objects:
    maplet = bpy.context.selected_objects[0] 
    scene = bpy.data.scenes.new("Scene")
    camera = bpy.data.objects.new("Camera", camera_data)
    sun    = bpy.data.objects.new(name="Light", object_data=light_data)

    # Setup camera parameters:
    scene.render.resolution_x = 1920
    scene.render.resolution_y = 1080
    camera.location = (-2.0, 3.0, 3.0)
    camera.rotation_euler = ([radians(a) for a in (422.0, 0.0, 149)])

    # Setup scene:
    sun.location = (2.0,2.0,2.0)
    sun.rotation_euler = (radians(10), radians(15), radians(20))
    maplet.location = (0,0,0)
    maplet.rotation_euler = (0,0,0)
    # Add camera to the scene:
    scene.camera = camera

    # Update the scene:

    # Render:
    bpy.data.images['Render Result'].save_render(os.path.join(local_path,image_out_path))

Unfortunately, the program runs perfectly fine, but once it gets to the line:


it hangs for a moment, and then just exits. It never prints 'hi', and it never writes any image. It also doesn't print out any errors or anything else, it just stops running.

I tried stepping through with pdb and it appears to hang/fail at:

-> return self._module + "." + self._func

Is there something wrong with how I went about installing bpy? Or something wrong with the script I've written?

  • $\begingroup$ Can you start python 3.7.9 from terminal, and do a bare bones import bpy followed by bpy.ops.render.render() ? Just checked (have bpy 2.90.2 built against python 3.8.2 (ubuntu) and that simple test segfaults) $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Feb 14, 2021 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ @batFINGER I just tried that, and you're right, it fails. It doesn't give me any segfault errors, it just exits (so thats likely whats going on). Which is weird... because I have 100% used the my computers python37/bpy install to render from a .blend file (for some automation I needed before). I'm not sure what could have changed... $\endgroup$
    – Chris Gnam
    Feb 14, 2021 at 23:21
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    $\begingroup$ @batFINGER I was able to fix this issue by adding: bpy.context.scene.render.engine = 'CYCLES' to the script. Which is a desireable fix for me anyways, since I want to be using cycles for this project anyways. Unsure if that'll help those looking for eevee $\endgroup$
    – Chris Gnam
    Feb 14, 2021 at 23:28

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bpy.context.scene.render.engine = 'CYCLES'

Fixed this issue


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