The Add-ons section lets you manage secondary scripts, called “Add-ons” that extends Blender’s functionality. In this section you can search, install, enable and disable Add-ons.
Blender comes with some preinstalled Add-ons already, ready to be enabled. But you can also add your own, or any interesting ones you find on the web.
- Supported Level
Blender’s add-ons are split into two groups depending on who writes/supports them:
Official: Add-ons that are written by Blender developers.
Community: Add-ons that are written by people in the Blender community.
- Enabled Add-ons Only
Shows only enabled add-ons for the current Category.
Add-ons are divided into categories by what areas of Blender they affect.
There are hundreds of add-ons that are not distributed with Blender and are developed by others. To add them to the list of other add-ons, they must be installed into Blender.
To install these, use the Install… button and
use the File Browser to select the
.py add-on file.
Now the add-on will be installed, however not automatically enabled. The search field will be set to the add-on’s name (to avoid having to look for it), Enable the add-on by checking the enable checkbox.
Scans the Add-on Directory for new add-ons.
User-Defined Add-on Path
You can also create a personal directory containing new add-ons and configure your files path in the File Paths section of the Preferences. To create a personal script directory:
Create an empty directory in a location of your choice (e.g.
Add a subdirectory under
addons(it must have this name for Blender to recognize it).
Open the File Paths section of the Preferences.
Set the Scripts file path to point to your script directory (e.g.
Save the preferences and restart Blender for it to recognize the new add-on location.
Now when you install add-ons you can select the Target Path when installing 3rd party scripts. Blender will copy newly installed add-ons under the directory selected in your Preferences.
Enabling & Disabling Add-ons
To enable or disable an add-on check or uncheck the box to the right of the add-ons shown in the figure below.
The add-on functionality should be immediately available.
Add-ons that activate or change multiple hotkeys have a special system of activation. For example, with the Viewport pies add-on for each menu there is a selection box to activate the menu and its hotkey.
If the Add-on does not activate when enabled, check the Console window for any errors that may have occurred.
You can click the arrow at the left of the add-on box to see more information, such as its location, a description and a link to the documentation. Here you can also find a button to report a bug specific of this add-on.
Some add-ons may have their own preferences which can be found in the Preferences section of the add-on information box.
Some add-ons use this section for example to enable/disable certain functions of the add-on. Sometimes these might even all default to off. So it is important to check if the enabled add-on has any particular preferences.