I need to change the value of an RGB node programmatically. The data path of the node in question is bpy.data.node_groups["Compositing Nodetree"].nodes["RGB"], as can be seen in the screenshot attached.

Empty bpy.data.node_groups

However, if I enter that path into the Python console, no node groups are returned. I.e. bpy.data.node_groups.keys() is empty.

What is going on here? How can one access node groups?


2 Answers 2


You can access the compositing node tree via:


And your RGB node this way:


As for why the tooltip shows a data path that you can't really access?
Don't really know, might be a bug.

  • $\begingroup$ That did the trick, thank you! The data path displayed in blender is definitely wrong. $\endgroup$
    – sebastian
    Oct 6, 2015 at 15:46

I had the same issue with a different fix:

  1. I created the material with <MATERIAL> = bpy.data.materials.new
  2. Attached the material to the object with C.object.data.materials.append
  3. Set <MATERIAL>.use_nodes = True

And the path suggested by Blender to edit, e.g., specular intensity was misleading: It suggested bpy.data.node_groups["Shader Nodetree"].nodes["Principled BSDF"].inputs[5].default_value but node_groupswas an empty collection.

I could access the value in the node tree with the following path:

<MATERIAL>.node_tree.nodes['Principled BSDF'].inputs[5].default_value = 0

Hope this helps someone!

  • $\begingroup$ Certainly helped me. I've successfully used: mat = bpy.data.materials.new(name='orange') mat.use_nodes = True mat.node_tree.nodes["Principled BSDF"].inputs[0].default_value = (1.0,0.5,0.0,1.0) $\endgroup$
    – edna
    May 11, 2019 at 4:10
  • $\begingroup$ Glad to hear that! the node system rocks $\endgroup$
    – fr_andres
    May 11, 2019 at 16:10

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