How do you add material references to a UIList

by Way2Close   Last Updated July 12, 2018 13:15 PM

Hey I need help adding materials to a UIList, I have used this answer as a guide:

Here is the functionality I need, I need to be able to click the add button and create a material, apply it and store it in the UIList. I also need to be able to rename the material in the list and have it rename the actual material name. In the same way I need to access and change the material diffuse_color in the UIList. I have tried with a prop_search, it works but I can't edit the material name.

I have commented the sections I have tried to get working.

import bpy
from bpy.props import IntProperty, CollectionProperty
from bpy.types import Panel, UIList

# create material
def add_material():

    material ="cg_")
    material.diffuse_color = (1, 0, 0)
    stored_selection = bpy.context.selected_objects
    for obj in stored_selection:


class Uilist_actions(bpy.types.Operator):
    bl_idname = "custom.list_action"
    bl_label = "List Action"

    action = bpy.props.EnumProperty(
            ('UP', "Up", ""),
            ('DOWN', "Down", ""),
            ('REMOVE', "Remove", ""),
            ('ADD', "Add", ""),

    def invoke(self, context, event):

        scn = context.scene
        idx = scn.custom_index

            item = scn.custom[idx]
        except IndexError:

            if self.action == 'DOWN' and idx < len(scn.custom) - 1:
                item_next = scn.custom[idx+1].name
                scn.custom.move(idx, idx + 1)
                scn.custom_index += 1
                info = 'Item %d selected' % (scn.custom_index + 1)
      {'INFO'}, info)

            elif self.action == 'UP' and idx >= 1:
                item_prev = scn.custom[idx-1].name
                scn.custom.move(idx, idx-1)
                scn.custom_index -= 1
                info = 'Item %d selected' % (scn.custom_index + 1)
      {'INFO'}, info)

            elif self.action == 'REMOVE':
                info = 'Item %s removed from list' % (scn.custom[scn.custom_index].name)
                scn.custom_index -= 1
      {'INFO'}, info)

        if self.action == 'ADD':
            item = scn.custom.add()
   = len(scn.custom)

            # assign material reference by name
            item.material_ref = add_material()

            scn.custom_index = (len(scn.custom)-1)
            info = '%s added to list' % (
  {'INFO'}, info)

        return {"FINISHED"}

class UL_items(UIList):

    def draw_item(self, context, layout, data, item, icon, active_data, active_propname, index):

        split = layout.split(0.5)

        # material name
        split.prop(item, "material_ref", text="", emboss=False, translate=False, icon='BORDER_RECT')
        # material prop search
        split.prop_search(item, "material_ref",, "materials", text = "")

    def invoke(self, context, event):

class UIListPanelExample(Panel):
    """Creates a Panel in the Object properties window"""
    bl_idname = 'OBJECT_PT_my_panel'
    bl_space_type = "TEXT_EDITOR"
    bl_region_type = "UI"
    bl_label = "Custom Object List"

    def draw(self, context):
        layout = self.layout
        scn = bpy.context.scene

        rows = 2
        row = layout.row()
        row.template_list("UL_items", "", scn, "custom", scn, "custom_index", rows=rows)

        col = row.column(align=True)
        col.operator("custom.list_action", icon='ZOOMIN', text="").action = 'ADD'
        col.operator("custom.list_action", icon='ZOOMOUT', text="").action = 'REMOVE'
        col.operator("custom.list_action", icon='TRIA_UP', text="").action = 'UP'
        col.operator("custom.list_action", icon='TRIA_DOWN', text="").action = 'DOWN'

class CustomProp(bpy.types.PropertyGroup):
    '''name = StringProperty() '''
    # add material_ref
    material_ref = bpy.props.StringProperty()
    id = IntProperty()

def register():
    bpy.types.Scene.custom = CollectionProperty(type=CustomProp)
    bpy.types.Scene.custom_index = IntProperty()

def unregister():
    del bpy.types.Scene.custom
    del bpy.types.Scene.custom_index

if __name__ == "__main__":

Thank you so much to anyone who helps.

Tags : python

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