Is it possible to check to see if a certain node exists on a material from within Python, for example a diffuse node? I am using Cycles Material Nodes, not Blender Internal or Post-Processing.

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    $\begingroup$ Can you be more specific, do you know the name of the node? is diffuse a name or a type of node? $\endgroup$ – ideasman42 Dec 19 '13 at 15:18

You can use the bpy_prop_collection.get method which acts like pythons dict.get.

import bpy

mat = bpy.data.materials["MyMaterial"]
if mat.use_nodes:
    ntree = mat.node_tree
    node = ntree.nodes.get("Diffuse BSDF", None)
    if node is not None:
        print("We Found:", node)

This is similar to using:

node = ntree.nodes["Diffuse BSDF"]

However if the node isn't found you'll get an exception.


You can iterate through all the nodes in the node tree and check their properties.

For example, to find if a material node tree contains any diffuse shaders, you could do this:

import bpy

mat = bpy.data.materials['MyMaterial']
# Test if 'Use Nodes' is enabled:
if mat.use_nodes == True:
    nodes = mat.node_tree.nodes
    # Iterate through all the nodes in the node tree and test each one to see if it's a diffuse shader:
    for node in nodes:
        if node.bl_idname == 'ShaderNodeBsdfDiffuse':
            # Do stuff
            # Do other stuff

You can test any node property (e.g. label, location, name, etc.), to see a full list check the API reference.

  • $\begingroup$ I think this can be simplified to: if 'ShaderNodeBsdfDiffuse' in mat.node_tree.nodes:, No need to check every bl_idname. $\endgroup$ – ideasman42 Dec 19 '13 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ @ideasman42 I couldn't get that to work.. Maybe that only works for the name attribute? $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 19 '13 at 18:01

For example, check if node exists in material nodes by name:

if 'Material Output' in [node.name for node in bpy.data.materials['your_material_name'].node_tree.nodes]:

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