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containerProxy([fromTemplate=string], [type=string])

Note: Strings representing object names and arguments must be separated by commas. This is not depicted in the synopsis.

containerProxy is undoable, queryable, and editable.

Creates a new container with the same published interface, dynamic attributes and attribute values as the specified container but with fewer container members. This proxy container can be used as a reference proxy so that values can be set on container attributes without loading in the full container. The proxy container will contain one or more locator nodes. The first locator has dynamic attributes that serve as stand-ins for the original published attributes. The remaining locators serve as stand-ins for any dag nodes that have been published as parent or as child and will be placed at the world space location of the published parent/child nodes. The expected usage of container proxies is to serve as a reference proxy for a referenced container. For automated creation, export and setup of the proxy see the doExportContainerProxy.mel script which is invoked by the "Export Container Proxy" menu item.

Return value


In query mode, return type is based on queried flag.


proxy, container


container, containerTemplate


fromTemplate, type
Long name (short name) Argument types Properties
fromTemplate(ft) string create
Specifies the name of a template file which will be used to create the new container proxy. Stand-in attributes will be created and published for all the numeric attributes on the proxy.
type(typ) string create
Specifies the type of container node to use for the proxy. This flag is only valid in conjunction with the fromTemplate flag. When creating a proxy for an existing container, the type created will always be identical to that of the source container. The default value for this flag is 'container'.

Flag can appear in Create mode of command Flag can appear in Edit mode of command
Flag can appear in Query mode of command Flag can have multiple arguments, passed either as a tuple or a list.

Python examples

import maya.cmds as cmds

# create a proxy for container1