Is it possible to draw 3d lines/points with X-Ray in BGL?

Here is my custom 3d line in viewport:

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As you can see it's drawn behind the monkey head. Is it possible to make it as X-Ray?

Here is the code i use: https://github.com/mifth/mifthtools/blob/ff2bd836267deb0c0d5f0c0bb28904876068bba3/blender/addons/mira_tools/mi_curve_test.py#L331-L349

  • $\begingroup$ i too would like to know this, so far i've been using 2d 'POST_PIXEL' and converted 3d coordinates to 2d screen coordinates $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    May 23, 2015 at 15:50
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    $\begingroup$ POST_PIXEL is the only way AFAIK, but some OpenGL guru might prove me wrong (disable depth test?). $\endgroup$
    – CodeManX
    May 23, 2015 at 17:19
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    $\begingroup$ If you draw the curve after the mesh and disable the depth test(only for the curve) this should work. Can this be done without altering the C-code? I don't know. If the previous two commenters don't know, I'd ask Campbell next. BTW, I finally got around to checking out your Mira tool-set. It's impressive and moving quickly. Nice work. :) $\endgroup$ May 23, 2015 at 19:56

1 Answer 1


as @CoDEmanX noted you can disable the depth test with bgl.glDisable(bgl.GL_DEPTH_TEST) while drawing and use the POST_VIEW.

here is an example code of a modified draw modal operator :

import bpy
import bgl
import blf
from mathutils import Vector
from bpy_extras import view3d_utils

def draw_callback_px(self, context, points):

    bgl.glColor4f(1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0)

    for x, y, z in self.points:
        bgl.glVertex3f(x, y, z)

    # restore opengl defaults
    bgl.glColor4f(0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0)

class ModalDrawOperator(bpy.types.Operator):
    """Draw a line with the mouse"""
    bl_idname = "view3d.modal_operator"
    bl_label = "Simple Modal View3D Operator"

    def modal(self, context, event):

        if event.type == 'LEFTMOUSE':
            if event.value == 'RELEASE':
                co_2d = Vector((event.mouse_region_x, event.mouse_region_y))
                viewport = context.area.regions[4]
                r3d = context.area.spaces[0].region_3d
                nor =  view3d_utils.region_2d_to_vector_3d(viewport, r3d, co_2d)
                v3 =  view3d_utils.region_2d_to_location_3d(viewport, r3d, co_2d, nor)


        elif event.type in {'RIGHTMOUSE', 'ESC'}:
            bpy.types.SpaceView3D.draw_handler_remove(self._handle, 'WINDOW')
            return {'CANCELLED'}

        return {'RUNNING_MODAL'}

    def invoke(self, context, event):
        if context.area.type == 'VIEW_3D':
            self.points = []
            args = (self, context, self.points)
            self._handle = bpy.types.SpaceView3D.draw_handler_add(draw_callback_px, args, 'WINDOW', 'POST_VIEW')
            return {'RUNNING_MODAL'}
            self.report({'WARNING'}, "View3D not found, cannot run operator")
            return {'CANCELLED'}

def register():

def unregister():

if __name__ == "__main__":
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    $\begingroup$ I'm really surprised, switching between bgl.glDisable(bgl.GL_DEPTH_TEST) and bgl.glEnable(bgl.GL_DEPTH_TEST) driven by a bool property even updates the viewport in real time... Awesome! +5 if I could, thanks @Chebhou $\endgroup$
    – p2or
    Jun 24, 2016 at 14:45

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