In a project I noticed a part of my 3D object is clipped. It is easy to correct that in the properties panel (N), View, Clip, End.

I copied the underlying Python command via the scripting Info window:

bpy.context.space_data.clip_end = 50000

but when I run this command via the console it gives me an error telling me that this attribute (clip_end) doesn't exist. In the API documentation, I find this in the section on bpy.types.SpaceView3D, but I can't get it working although my feeling is this should be very easy. So how do I access this property?


2 Answers 2


The hassle is the context.space_data (generally aka context.area.spaces.active) pertains to the console area, which is in context when you are in the console, rather than a 3d view.

Here is some console code, to find a 3D view in the current (context) screen.

>>> C.space_data.type

>>> for a in C.screen.areas:
...     if a.type == 'VIEW_3D':
...         break
>>> a

>>> a.spaces.active.type

>>> a.spaces.active.clip_end = 500
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, this makes me understand how to get to that place and edit it! $\endgroup$
    – Wim
    Aug 11, 2016 at 11:22

if you run it within a self written operator, you can access the space_data from the context variable and use the clipping vars as expected. The following operator sets clipping near and clipping far, supports undo and live edition of values with F6:

import bpy

def ClipView(context, _start, _end):

    # because you ran it from a 3D View, the path to the clip_start and clip_end
    # work as expected
    context.space_data.clip_start = _start
    context.space_data.clip_end = _end

class ClipViewOp(bpy.types.Operator):
    bl_idname = "view3d.clip_view"
    bl_label = "ClipViewOp"
    bl_description = 'sets clipping values'
    bl_options = {'REGISTER', 'UNDO'}

    clip_start = bpy.props.FloatProperty(default = 0.5)
    clip_end = bpy.props.FloatProperty(default = 50000)

    def poll(cls, context):
        return context.space_data.type == 'VIEW_3D'

    def execute(self, context):
        ClipView(context, self.clip_start, self.clip_end)

        return {'FINISHED'}

def register():

def unregister():

if __name__ == "__main__":

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