Walkthrough - Script and Graph Editor

This file contains an example walkthrough for creating a node type definition using an AutoNode definition in the Script Editor and then constructing a graph containing a node of that type using the visual scripting Graph Editor. For other walkthrough tutorials see Walkthroughs.

This walkthrough will assume that the following extensions have been installed and are enabled in your application:

  • omni.graph for the core AutoNode functionality

  • omni.graph.ui for the visual scripting Graph Editor

  • omni.kit.window.script_editor for the Python Script Editor

Step 1: Open The Script Editor

Even though you will be creating nodes through the GUI you still need to program your node type definition. The easiest way to do this is directly through the script editor, which you can access through the Window menu.

Menu option to open the script editor

Step 2: Write The Script

To start with you’ll need these basic imports to access the key AutoNode functionality, as well as numpy for the computation function.

import numpy as np
import omni.graph.core as og
import omni.graph.core.types as ot

Then you can create your AutoNode definition, in this case to compute the dot product of two vectors:


def autonode_dot(vector1: ot.vector3d, vector2: ot.vector3d) -> ot.double:

You can type directly or copy-paste into the script editor. When you’re done it should look like this:

AutoNode definition in the script editor

Hitting CTL-ENTER will execute the code and define your node type.

Step 3: Create A Graph

Now we will create a node of the new type by opening up the graph editor. For this example a simple push graph will do. Open up the Generic Graph editor first:

Push graph editor menu item

Then in the editor hit the New Push Graph option to create a graph.

Push graph editor New Graph button

Step 4: Instantiate New Node Type

Now that you have a graph you can use the search bar for node types on the left to look for your newly created type. Use the search text “autonode” to zero in on the node type of interest.

Search for AutoNode definition

Now you can drag the node type definition onto the graph pane to instantiate a node of your new type. Notice that the names of the inputs correspond to the function arguments and the outputs are numbered, as per the description of the AutoNode function definition.

Instantiate node of the new type

Step 5: Set Input Values

When you click on the node the property panel will open up to that node’s information. In particular you will have access to the inputs:vector1 and inputs:vector2 inputs, where you can type in some numbers. Enter the values 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 into inputs:vector1 and the values 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 into inputs:vector2.

Setting input values on the node

Step 6: Check The Output

Below the inputs in the property panel you can see the output, where you’ll notice now contains the result of the dot product calculation. Everything works as with standard node type definitions and you are free to continue using this node type in your scene!

Checking output values on the node


Although you can instantiate this node type any number of times in your scene you should be aware that saving a file with such node types will not work across sessions. In a normal workflow the extension will automatically register the node types it contains but that is not true with AutoNode definitions. To use them in a scene you have loaded you must import and execute the script that defines the node type.