I was able to call the file browser from Python by referring to a previous question.

I used the following code.

import bpy

# Opens a web browser and prints the filepath to console. 
#(To see console.. Window >>> Toggle system console

class OpenBrowser(bpy.types.Operator):
    bl_idname = "open.browser"
    bl_label = "Minimum code to open browser & get filepath"

    filepath = bpy.props.StringProperty(subtype="FILE_PATH") 
    #somewhere to remember the address of the file

    def execute(self, context):
        display = "filepath= "+self.filepath  
        print(display) #Prints to console  
        #Window>>>Toggle systen console

        return {'FINISHED'}

    def invoke(self, context, event): # See comments at end  [1]

        #Open browser, take reference to 'self' 
        #read the path to selected file, 
        #put path in declared string type data structure self.filepath

        return {'RUNNING_MODAL'}  
        # Tells Blender to hang on for the slow user input

#Tell Blender this exists and should be used

# [1] In this invoke(self, context, event) is being triggered by the below command
#but in your script you create a button or menu item. When it is clicked
# Blender runs   invoke()  automatically.

#execute(self,context) prints self.filepath as proof it works.. I hope.


I want to show only folders in the file browser. But with this code, the user can select both files and folders.

And I don't know how to rename the button in the upper right part of the image.

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If I could specify the first folder to open, I would like to do that too.

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    $\begingroup$ This code is so bad, I really do not understand why the anwer and code you linked to, gets any upvotes at all... and this won't help much in your case. What's your goal? Just selecting a folder? $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:28
  • $\begingroup$ Yes.My goal is just selecting folder. I want to allow the user to select a folder to save the files. $\endgroup$
    – gncc
    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:45
  • $\begingroup$ I've tried that code, but it allows me to select "both files and folders". I want to be able to select "only folders". Do you think that's not possible with Blender's Python? $\endgroup$
    – gncc
    Jul 21, 2021 at 11:38
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    $\begingroup$ The code only allows to select folders as requested but the files are visible as well because that's a user setting - click the filter icon in the header, enable Folders and the files will disappear, see: i.sstatic.net/O30PH.png $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Jul 21, 2021 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ ... and it is possbile to enable that by default but then you would have to implement a new operator and this will blow up your code a lot for a tiny little feature. IMHO there should be a good reason to do that. $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Jul 21, 2021 at 11:57


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