Basic Menu Example

Here is an example of a simple menu. Menus differ from panels in that they must reference from a header, panel or another menu.

Notice the ‘CATEGORY_MT_name’ in Menu.bl_idname, this is a naming convention for menus.


Menu subclasses must be registered before referencing them from blender.


Menus have their Layout.operator_context initialized as ‘EXEC_REGION_WIN’ rather than ‘INVOKE_DEFAULT’ (see Execution Context). If the operator context needs to initialize inputs from the Operator.invoke function, then this needs to be explicitly set.

import bpy

class BasicMenu(bpy.types.Menu):
    bl_idname = "OBJECT_MT_select_test"
    bl_label = "Select"

    def draw(self, context):
        layout = self.layout

        layout.operator("object.select_all", text="Select/Deselect All").action = 'TOGGLE'
        layout.operator("object.select_all", text="Inverse").action = 'INVERT'
        layout.operator("object.select_random", text="Random")


# test call to display immediately.

Extending Menus

When creating menus for add-ons you can’t reference menus in Blender’s default scripts. Instead, the add-on can add menu items to existing menus.

The function menu_draw acts like Menu.draw.

import bpy

def menu_draw(self, context):


Preset Menus

Preset menus are simply a convention that uses a menu sub-class to perform the common task of managing presets.

This example shows how you can add a preset menu.

This example uses the object display options, however you can use properties defined by your own scripts too.

import bpy
from bpy.types import Operator, Menu
from bl_operators.presets import AddPresetBase

class OBJECT_MT_display_presets(Menu):
    bl_label = "Object Display Presets"
    preset_subdir = "object/display"
    preset_operator = "script.execute_preset"
    draw = Menu.draw_preset

class AddPresetObjectDisplay(AddPresetBase, Operator):
    '''Add a Object Display Preset'''
    bl_idname = "camera.object_display_preset_add"
    bl_label = "Add Object Display Preset"
    preset_menu = "OBJECT_MT_display_presets"

    # variable used for all preset values
    preset_defines = [
        "obj = bpy.context.object"

    # properties to store in the preset
    preset_values = [

    # where to store the preset
    preset_subdir = "object/display"

# Display into an existing panel
def panel_func(self, context):
    layout = self.layout

    row = layout.row(align=True), text=OBJECT_MT_display_presets.bl_label)
    row.operator(AddPresetObjectDisplay.bl_idname, text="", icon='ZOOM_IN')
    row.operator(AddPresetObjectDisplay.bl_idname, text="", icon='ZOOM_OUT').remove_active = True

classes = (

def register():
    for cls in classes:

def unregister():
    for cls in classes:

if __name__ == "__main__":

Extending the Button Context Menu

This example enables you to insert your own menu entry into the common right click menu that you get while hovering over a value field, color, string, etc.

To make the example work, you have to first select an object then right click on an user interface element (maybe a color in the material properties) and choose Execute Custom Action.

Executing the operator will then print all values.

import bpy
from bpy.types import Menu

def dump(obj, text):
    for attr in dir(obj):
        print("%r.%s = %s" % (obj, attr, getattr(obj, attr)))

class WM_OT_button_context_test(bpy.types.Operator):
    """Right click entry test"""
    bl_idname = "wm.button_context_test"
    bl_label = "Run Context Test"

    def poll(cls, context):
        return context.active_object is not None

    def execute(self, context):
        value = getattr(context, "button_pointer", None)
        if value is not None:
            dump(value, "button_pointer")

        value = getattr(context, "button_prop", None)
        if value is not None:
            dump(value, "button_prop")

        value = getattr(context, "button_operator", None)
        if value is not None:
            dump(value, "button_operator")

        return {'FINISHED'}

# This class has to be exactly named like that to insert an entry in the right click menu
class WM_MT_button_context(Menu):
    bl_label = "Unused"

    def draw(self, context):

def menu_func(self, context):
    layout = self.layout

classes = (

def register():
    for cls in classes:

def unregister():
    for cls in classes:

if __name__ == "__main__":

base class — bpy_struct

class bpy.types.Menu(bpy_struct)

Editor menu containing buttons

Type:string, default “”

If this is set, the menu gets a custom ID, otherwise it takes the name of the class used to define the menu (for example, if the class name is “OBJECT_MT_hello”, and bl_idname is not set by the script, then bl_idname = “OBJECT_MT_hello”)

Type:string, default “”, (never None)

The menu label

Type:string, default “”, (never None)
Type:string, default “”, (never None)
Type:string, default “*”, (never None)

Defines the structure of the menu in the UI

Type:UILayout, (readonly)
classmethod poll(context)

If this method returns a non-null output, then the menu can be drawn

Return type:boolean

Draw UI elements into the menu UI layout


Define these on the subclass: - preset_operator (string) - preset_subdir (string)

Optionally: - preset_add_operator (string) - preset_extensions (set of strings) - preset_operator_defaults (dict of keyword args)

path_menu(searchpaths, operator, *, props_default=None, prop_filepath='filepath', filter_ext=None, filter_path=None, display_name=None, add_operator=None)

Populate a menu from a list of paths.

  • searchpaths (sequence of strings.) – Paths to scan.
  • operator (string) – The operator id to use with each file.
  • prop_filepath (string) – Optional operator filepath property (defaults to “filepath”).
  • props_default (dict) – Properties to assign to each operator.
  • filter_ext (Callable that takes a string and returns a bool.) –

    Optional callback that takes the file extensions.

    Returning false excludes the file from the list.

  • display_name (Callable that takes a string and returns a string.) – Optional callback that takes the full path, returns the name to display.
classmethod bl_rna_get_subclass(id, default=None)
Parameters:id (string) – The RNA type identifier.
Returns:The RNA type or default when not found.
Return type:bpy.types.Struct subclass
classmethod bl_rna_get_subclass_py(id, default=None)
Parameters:id (string) – The RNA type identifier.
Returns:The class or default when not found.
Return type:type

Inherited Properties

Inherited Functions