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ungroup( [objects...] , [absolute=boolean], [parent=string], [relative=boolean], [world=boolean])

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

ungroup is undoable, NOT queryable, and NOT editable.

This command ungroups the specified objects.

The objects will be placed at the same level in the hierarchy the group node occupied unless the -w flag is specified, in which case they will be placed under the world.

If an object is ungrouped and there is an object in the new group with the same name then this command will rename the ungrouped object.

See also: group, parent, instance, duplicate

Return value



absolute, parent, relative, world
Long name (short name) Argument types Properties
world(w) boolean create
put the ungrouped objects under the world
parent(p) string create
put the ungrouped objects under the given parent
relative(r) boolean create
preserve existing local object transformations (don't modify local transformation)
absolute(a) boolean create
preserve existing world object transformations (overall object transformation is preserved by modifying the objects local transformation) [default]

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 simple hierarchy
cmds.sphere( n='sphere1' )
cmds.move( 2, 0, 0 )
cmds.sphere( n='sphere2' )
cmds.move( -2, 0, 0 )
cmds.group( 'sphere1', 'sphere2', n='group1' )
cmds.move( 0, 2, 0 )
cmds.sphere( n='sphere3' )
cmds.move( 0, 0, 2 )
cmds.group( 'group1', 'sphere3', n='group2' )
cmds.group( em=True, n='group3' )

# Remove group1 from the hierarchy. What should remain
# is group2 with sphere3, sphere1, and sphere2 as children.
# Note that the objects don't move since the absolute flag
# is implied.
cmds.ungroup( 'group1' )

# Try the same ungroup with the -relative flag.
# Now sphere1 and sphere2 will move down 2 units in Y.
cmds.ungroup( 'group1', relative=True )

# Now try the same ungroup operation with the -parent flag.
# This will move the children of group1 under group3.
cmds.ungroup( 'group1', parent='group3' )