I'm trying to delete a Custom Transform Orientation using script, for a Custom Transform Orientation that I created using script, creating it is a breeze, no problems at all, deleting it on the other hand is a mystery, trying to execute the operation:


I'm getting a context is incorrect error, I tried to get the right context using the following hack, but it's not working for this specific operator, it worked for create_orientation() but not for delete_orientation():

import bpy

area = bpy.context.area.type

for type in types:

    bpy.context.area.type = type

    if bpy.ops.transform.delete_orientation.poll():

bpy.context.area.type = area

Looking at the System Console after running the script above, is printing nothing, as if this operator is not available in any context in Blender! Even when I delete the Custom Transform Orientation from the Properties Shelf > Transform Orientations in 3D view, by clicking the X, nothing appears as executed in the Info Window!! Is it even possible to delete a Custom Transform Orientation using Python? I wonder why it's so easy to create one, and so hard to delete, if any one knows how to escape this incorrect context error, or how to delete a Custom Transform Orientation using a different method, would be appreciated.
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1 Answer 1


You need to override the context of the operator:

import bpy

name = 'Edge.001' #The orientation to remove

views = [area.spaces.active for area in bpy.context.screen.areas if area.type == 'VIEW_3D']
if views: #Assign the orientation in the view so that it is active and can be removed
    views[0].transform_orientation = name

areas = [area for area in bpy.context.window.screen.areas if area.type == 'VIEW_3D']

if areas: #Give the good override context
    override = {'area' : areas[0]}
    bpy.ops.transform.delete_orientation( override )

Edit: following the comment, some 'novice' explanations

Operator's context can be override. An override is a dictionary with some keywords. Among them you have the 'area' (because we have bpy.context.area). And if you look in the N panel where a custom orientation can be deleted, you see you are in the view3D area.

So... we just need to give a view 3D area to the override context.

Edit again:

What you did in your code is changing your current context (the view itself)... but that does not change the execution context itself (where delete_orientation is called), that is changing only the view.

More information here


In order not to get a ( Pycontext '' not found ) error in the system console, it's better to write the code this way:

if areas: #Give the good override context
    override = bpy.context.copy()
    override['area'] = areas[0]
    bpy.ops.transform.delete_orientation( override )

Reference: here

  • $\begingroup$ Works like a charm, I still don't get it though, but it works, I'll leave understanding research for another day, many thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Georges D
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 13:25

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