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How do I reload a linked blender file?

I linked a .blend file into another. After I update the linked file (say change the material color), how do I make the project I imported it into update?

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  1. Navigate to Outliner
  2. Change type to Blender File
  3. Right click on the .blend you want to reload
  4. Hit Reload

Then you can reload the lastly reloaded file by pressing Space and writing down Reload Library

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    $\begingroup$ Why to -1? This is built-in method how to reload a linked .blend file. It should work. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 10:47
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    $\begingroup$ I voted up, actually that was the best answer in my case :) $\endgroup$
    – Ahmed Ali
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 16:53
  • $\begingroup$ This was the best for my workflow as well. $\endgroup$
    – JonnyRo
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 2:34
  • $\begingroup$ When I do this in Blender 2.9 the linked character just desappear in viewport after hit reload. and it is not Reload Library in search menu :( $\endgroup$
    – Jamingrone
    Commented Oct 21, 2020 at 16:53
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There is also a great addon, written by Pablo Vazquez, called "Amaranth", which include a little feature (among others) : "Save and reload"

http://www.pablovazquez.org/amaranth/ (see the bottom of this page)

After installing it, you'll just have to hit CTRL SHIFT W (or go into File menu), to save and reload the current file. It should update all linked data as well.

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Try saving and reloading the file.

  1. Press CtrlS to save.

  2. Press CtrlShiftO to open the recent files menu, then select the top entry or press 1.

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Another great add-on that will allow you to easily edit your linked object from your scene and then switch back to your scene containing the linked item is called Edit Linked Library.

Edit Linked Library is simple to use and you can find usage instructions at http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/Object/Edit_Linked_Library

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File - Revert - that's easy ;)

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    $\begingroup$ This works! Of course, if the current file has unsaved changes you want to keep, press ctrl+s to save first! $\endgroup$
    – Venryx
    Commented Nov 11, 2022 at 13:29

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