AttDef

The ATTDEF (DXF Reference) entity is a template in a BlockLayout, which will be used to create an attached Attrib entity for an Insert entity.

Subclass of

ezdxf.entities.Text

DXF type

'ATTDEF'

Factory function

ezdxf.layouts.BaseLayout.add_attdef()

Inherited DXF attributes

Common graphical DXF attributes

Warning

Do not instantiate entity classes by yourself - always use the provided factory functions!

class ezdxf.entities.AttDef

ATTDEF supports all DXF attributes and methods of parent class Text.

dxf.tag

Tag to identify the attribute (str)

dxf.text

Attribute content as text (str)

dxf.prompt

Attribute prompt string. (CAD application feature)

dxf.field_length

Just relevant to CAD programs for validating user input

property is_invisible: bool

Attribute is invisible (does not appear).

property is_const: bool

This is a constant attribute.

property is_verify: bool

Verification is required on input of this attribute. (CAD application feature)

property is_preset: bool

No prompt during insertion. (CAD application feature)

property has_embedded_mtext_entity: bool

Returns True if the entity has an embedded MTEXT entity for multi line support.

virtual_mtext_entity() ezdxf.entities.mtext.MText

Returns the embedded MTEXT entity as a regular but virtual MText entity with the same graphical properties as the host entity.

plain_mtext(fast=True) str

Returns the embedded MTEXT content without formatting codes. Returns an empty string if no embedded MTEXT entity exist.

The “fast” mode is accurate if the DXF content was created by reliable (and newer) CAD applications like AutoCAD or BricsCAD. The “accurate” mode is for some rare cases where the content was created by older CAD applications or unreliable DXF libraries and CAD applications.

The “accurate” mode is much slower than the “fast” mode.

Parameters

fast – uses the “fast” mode to extract the plain MTEXT content if True or the “accurate” mode if set to False

set_mtext(mtext: ezdxf.entities.mtext.MText, graphic_properties=True) None

Set multi-line properties from a MText entity.

The multi-line ATTRIB/ATTDEF entity requires DXF R2018, otherwise an ordinary single line ATTRIB/ATTDEF entity will be exported.

Parameters
  • mtext – source MText entity

  • graphic_properties – copy graphic properties (color, layer, …) from source MTEXT if True

embed_mtext(mtext: ezdxf.entities.mtext.MText, graphic_properties=True) None

Set multi-line properties from a MText entity and destroy the source entity afterwards.

The multi-line ATTRIB/ATTDEF entity requires DXF R2018, otherwise an ordinary single line ATTRIB/ATTDEF entity will be exported.

Parameters
  • mtext – source MText entity

  • graphic_properties – copy graphic properties (color, layer, …) from source MTEXT if True