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So the nodeEditor in Maya can register commands on Nodes using customInclusiveNodeItemMenuCallbacks: Part01

The problem I found with this is it’s a bit hellish to manage (especially when developing). So this is a little post for about me mashing together an approach to facilitate managing adding commands to the nodeEditor via a little menuManager of sorts. Why? Well reloading these menus over and over does not remove the previous load!

So you have to remove them before the reload. Having a little manager to keep track of what is loaded etc can be pretty helpful with this.

The idea

The idea here is to be able to add as many commands as I like to my code base without having to maintain the manager `seeing’ this code. To do this I’m going to add a little factory module in to scan for a specific class in a path, and from that create a cache of all the commands I want to create menus for. Then the manager itself leverages that cache to add the menus to the NodeEditor in Maya.


The Factory -Menu Cache

import os
import importlib, inspect
import logging
logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

BASE = os.path.dirname(__file__)
MENUSPATH = "{}/menus".format(BASE)

def createMenuCache(path=MENUSPATH, pkg="menus"):
    Recurisvely fetch all the .py modules in the menus folder and any
    classes defined as a menu and add these to the cache

    :param path: `str` path to the root menus folder
    :param pkg: `str` .separated path for the importlib.import_module to use
    for module in os.listdir(path):
        if module == '' or module.endswith(".pyc") or module == "":

        if module.endswith(".py"):
            mod = importlib.import_module(name=".{}".format(module[:-3]), package=pkg)
            for eachMenu in inspect.getmembers(mod, inspect.isclass):
                if not eachMenu[1].ISSUBMENU:
                    menu = eachMenu[1]()
                    if menu.menufunction() is not None:
                        MENUCACHE[] = menu

                    if menu.hasSubMenu():
                        for eachChild in menu.subMenus():
                            MENUCACHE[] = eachChild

            createMenuCache(path="{}/{}".format(path, module), pkg="{}.{}".format(pkg, module))

What this is doing is setting the base path to /menus relative to the current filepath the lives in. Scan subfolders for the .py files and looks to import the class(es) in each file. Now this works because I have dictated a specfic structure for each command to uphold.


Menu base is the base menu class used by the neMenuManager to create the menus as expected in Maya.

from maya import cmds
import logging
logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

class MenuBase(object):
    ID = None
    MENUNAME = None
    NODENAME = None
    FUNCTION = None
    ISSUBMENU = False
    SUBMENUS = list()

    def __init__(self, isRadial=False, radialPos="", hasSubMenu=False, lastSubMenu=False):
        self.__isRadial = isRadial
        self.__radialPos = radialPos
        self.__func = None
        self.__hasSubMenu = hasSubMenu
        self.__lastSubMenu = lastSubMenu
        # Set the cmd instance on init we want to create only ONE instance of the menuCmd.
        # So well force that now and reuse it thereafter

    def id(self):
        return self.ID

    def name(self):
        return self.MENUNAME

    def nodeType(self):
        return self.NODENAME

    def isRadial(self):
        return self.__isRadial

    def radialPos(self):
        return self.__radialPos

    def createMenuItem(self):
        if self.FUNCTION is None:

        if self.isRadial():
            self._menuItem = cmds.menuItem(label=self.MENUNAME, c=self.FUNCTION,
            if self.ISSUBMENU and self.__lastSubMenu:
                # Reset the maya internal parent so we don't end up
                # with all subsequent menus parented under this one!!
                cmds.setParent("..", menu=True)
            self._menuItem = cmds.menuItem(label=self.MENUNAME, c=self.FUNCTION,
            if self.ISSUBMENU and self.__lastSubMenu:
                # Reset the maya internal parent so we don't end up
                # with all subsequent menus parented under this one!!
                cmds.setParent("..", menu=True)
        return self._menuItem

    def hasSubMenu(self):
        return self.__hasSubMenu

    def subMenus(self):
        return self.SUBMENUS

    def subMenus(self):
        return self.SUBMENUS

    def menufunction(self):
        if self.FUNCTION is None:

        if self.__func is None:
            if self.NODENAME is not None:
                # Create the menu command for the node we have rightClicked over in Maya
                def menuCmd(ned, node):
                    if cmds.nodeType(node) == self.NODENAME:
                        return True
                        return False
                # Add a general menu to all nodes. Take care with Radial positions here as you might clash with a node
                # based menu item!
                def menuCmd(ned, node):
                    return True

            self.__func = menuCmd
            return menuCmd
            return self.__func

Creating a

So inheriting / overloading this class is then fairly straight forward for me to use when adding a new menu item to the nodeEditor. eg: gitHub example
If you check the latest version of the file you can see each menu gets a unique typeID, Name, and a function to call.

Note; No args are handled atm. And each class has a related mayaNode that they are linked to when you invoke a menu call in maya by right clicking over a node in the nodeEditor

The Manager

From there The manager only needs to leverage the MENUCACHE to generate all the menus and provide a way to handle this information eg: adding/removing menus from the nodeEditor as expected.

from import nodeEditorMenus
import menuFactory as ne_factory
import logging
logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)
import sys
path = "T://software//neMenuManager"
if path not in sys.path:

import neMenuManager as neMM
nedMenuManager = neMM.NodeEditorMenuManager(autoLoadMenus=True, reload=False)
for id, e in nedMenuManager.iterMenuItems():

class NodeEditorMenuManager(object):
    def __init__(self, autoLoadMenus=True, reload=False):
        self.menus = nodeEditorMenus.customInclusiveNodeItemMenuCallbacks
        self._ids = []
        if reload:
            logger.warning("Resetting ne_factory.MENUCACHE now!")
            ne_factory.MENUCACHE = {}

        if ne_factory.MENUCACHE:
            # We should REMOVE any previously appeded functions in maya or we end up with duplicates!
            self._ids = ne_factory.MENUCACHE.keys()
            logger.warning("Creating ne_factory.MENUCACHE now!")

        if autoLoadMenus:
            # Maya sucks at editing the menus, so we're going to iter twice. First for the mainMenu items
            # Then again for anything flagged as a subMenu of something else.
            # This means we only EVER go 1 level deep menu|subMenu NOT menu|menu|subMenu

            for id, menu in ne_factory.MENUCACHE.iteritems():

    def addMenu(self, menu):
        :param menu: `MenuBase` instance
        if menu.menufunction() is not None:
  "Added: {} id:{} func: {}".format(,, menu.menufunction()))

    def iterMenuItems(self):
        :return: `int` `MenuBase() Instance`
        for id, data in ne_factory.MENUCACHE.iteritems():
            yield id, data

    def removeMenu(self, menuid):
        :param menuid: `int`
        :return: `bool`
        if menuid in ne_factory.MENUCACHE.keys():
            menu = ne_factory.MENUCACHE[menuid]
            except ValueError:
                logger.warning("Failed to remove {} from maya's internal callback list!".format(
                return False

            ne_factory.MENUCACHE.pop(menuid, None)

  "Successfully removed menu {}".format(
            return True

        return False

    def removeAll(self):
        """Remove all the menus before a reload!"""
        while self._ids:
            for eachID in self._ids:

    def currentCache(self):
        return ne_factory.MENUCACHE

    def __repr__(self):
        str = "menuItems:\n"
        for k, v in self.iterMenuItems():
            str += "\t id: {}".format(k)
            str += "\t name: {}".format(
            str += "\t nodeType: {}".format(v.nodeType())
            str += "\t isradial: {}".format(v.isRadial())
            str += "\t pos: {}".format(v.radialPos())
            str += "\t func: {}\n".format(v.menufunction())

        return str