Blender add-on: Packages Plus

Packages Plus – Blender 3D add-on for installing and managing additional Python packages.

Attention!

The add-on is for advanced users! Installing and managing Python packages can damage your Blender installation and even your operating system!

Add-on functionality

With the add-on, you can install packages from the PyPi repository.

You can install the required Python packages directly into the Blender installation directory, as well as into the user home directory.

To install the required package directly to Blender – specify the package name in the “Package Name” field, select “/BLENDER” in the installation destination field and press the “Install” button. The specified package will be installed into the Blender installation directory.

With this type of installation, the package will be available everywhere in Blender – when you write a script in a Text Editor, and in the Python Console using the common “import” command.

You can also install the required Python package into the user home directory. This is usually the preferred way. In this case, the package does not affect the current Blender installation, can be called from any version of Blender installed on your computer. However, such a package cannot be included with just the single “import” statement. To get the code for importing such a package to your script – press the “Code” button in the add-on panel.

You need to execute the code for including the package in your script only once and then import the package anywhere with the same standard “import” command.

The add-on can detect whether the package is already installed in your system and show the location of its installation. Specify the name of the package and press the “Check” button in the add-on panel.

You can also specify a custom installation location for the package by selecting “EXTERNAL” and specifying the desired directory. This installation can be useful when you include packages directly in your script or add-on.

To uninstall a package, specify its name and press the “Uninstall” button.

Add-on panels are located in the 3D_Viewport and Text Editor windows.

Demonstration video

Current add-on version

1.0.0.

Blender versions

2.93, 3.0

Location and call

The “3D Viewport” window – N panel – “P+” tab.

The “Text Editor” window – N panel – “P+” tab.

Installation
  • Download the *.zip archive with the add-on distributive.
  • The “Preferences” window — Add-ons — Install… — specify the downloaded archive.
Version history

1.0.0.

  • This release.
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