# Get active vertex through python

I want to get the last selected vertex. I tried with bm.select_history.active but this don't work.

• That should work, can you show a small example script that fails? – ideasman42 May 8 '15 at 1:55

You can walk the select history in reverse and find the first BMVert:

import bpy
import bmesh

ob = bpy.context.object
me = ob.data
bm = bmesh.from_edit_mesh(me)

for elem in reversed(bm.select_history):
if isinstance(elem, bmesh.types.BMVert):
print("Active vertex:", elem)
break


Note that select_history does not support selection operators like box and lasso select. They don't make a geometry element active, nor do they add to the history at all.

• Note that if this is to match the active vertex from Blender's perspective (all tools and draw code) - This should break after the first element. – ideasman42 Oct 19 '15 at 8:11

This function returns the active vertex,

Note that if the last selected element isn't a vertex, Blender considers there to be no active vertex.

import bpy
import bmesh

def bmesh_vert_active(bm):
if bm.select_history:
elem = bm.select_history[-1]
if isinstance(elem, bmesh.types.BMVert):
return elem
return None

ob = bpy.context.object
me = ob.data

bm = bmesh.from_edit_mesh(me)

print(bmesh_vert_active(bm))