I have a mesh circle with 32 vertices and I am trying to get the edge loop of the circle (which is actually all vertices in sequence) with following code:

import bmesh
bm = bmesh.new()

v_loops = bm.verts[0].link_loops

e_loops = bm.edges[0].link_loops

However, at both places I get zero length of the edge loops. Am I doing anything wrong?

  • $\begingroup$ I think link_loops function checks which face loops use the vertex/edge. From documentation . For vertex: Loops that use this vertex (read-only). and for edge: Loops connected to this edge, (read-only). If you fill in a face with F then you get a value of 1. So it confirms my theory :) $\endgroup$ Aug 26 at 10:47
  • $\begingroup$ @HarryMcKenzie Yes, that's right :) So how to get the edge loops connected to selected vert or edge of a non-manifold mesh. I checked the relevant threads on stackexchange and they seem to be talking about manifold meshes only. $\endgroup$ Aug 27 at 11:38

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This will take an input list of edges of any length, take the first element of the list as the starting edge and "walk" around the edge loop of a non-manifold loop until it finds the first edge it started with and return a list of edges of the loop. The key is the 3s.

3 is the number of edges each vert is connected to. If it was 4 then it would be looking for manifold edges.

def get_loop(edges):

    edge_loop = []
    edge = edges[0] # edge at the start of the edge loop

    # get BMLoop that points to the right direction
    for loop in edge.link_loops:
        if len(loop.vert.link_edges) == 3:

    first_edge = edge
    next_edge = 0

    # stop when reach the end of the edge loop
    while len(loop.vert.link_edges) == 3 and next_edge != first_edge:

        # jump between BMLoops to the next BMLoop we need
        loop = loop.link_loop_prev.link_loop_radial_prev.link_loop_prev

        # following edge in the edge loop
        next_edge = loop.edge
        if next_edge != first_edge:

    return edge_loop

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