I'm writing a script for Blender that needs to be run from the terminal. I would like to change the interpolation type of f-curves in my script. When using Blender's normal UI, the sequence of commands for what I want to accomplish is:

bpy.context.area.ui_type = 'FCURVES'

This works great when I run the code within Blender, however when I try to execute this from the terminal, I receive the following error:

bpy.context.area.ui_type = 'FCURVES'
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'ui_type'

This is understandable, because in headless mode, apparently there is no area or UI. How can I achieve the same results in headless mode?



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No UI in headless mode.

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Change extrapolation type from Python running in the background

Look for lower level API calls. In the UI the interpolation is set from the Keys Menu indicating that it is a property of an fcurve's keyframe point.

>>> action = D.actions['CubeAction']
>>> fcurve = action.fcurves[0]
>>> fcurve.keyframe_points[0].interpolation

>>> fcurve.keyframe_points[0].interpolation = 'BACK'

Consult the docs on bpy.types.Keyframe for options, or to get valid enums from error message feedback

>>> fcurve.keyframe_points[0].interpolation = 'FOO'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<blender_console>", line 1, in <module>
TypeError: bpy_struct: item.attr = val: enum "FOO" not found in ('CONSTANT', 'LINEAR', 'BEZIER', 'SINE', 'QUAD', 'CUBIC', 'QUART', 'QUINT', 'EXPO', 'CIRC', 'BACK', 'BOUNCE', 'ELASTIC')

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