unreal.Controller

class unreal.Controller(outer=None, name='None')

Bases: unreal.Actor

Controllers are non-physical actors that can possess a Pawn to control its actions. PlayerControllers are used by human players to control pawns, while AIControllers implement the artificial intelligence for the pawns they control. Controllers take control of a pawn using their Possess() method, and relinquish control of the pawn by calling UnPossess().

Controllers receive notifications for many of the events occurring for the Pawn they are controlling. This gives the controller the opportunity to implement the behavior in response to this event, intercepting the event and superseding the Pawn’s default behavior.

ControlRotation (accessed via GetControlRotation()), determines the viewing/aiming direction of the controlled Pawn and is affected by input such as from a mouse or gamepad. https://docs.unrealengine.com/latest/INT/Gameplay/Framework/Controller/:

C++ Source:

  • Module: Engine
  • File: Controller.h

Editor Properties: (see get_editor_property/set_editor_property)

  • allow_tick_before_begin_play (bool): [Read-Write] Whether we allow this Actor to tick before it receives the BeginPlay event. Normally we don’t tick actors until after BeginPlay; this setting allows this behavior to be overridden. This Actor must be able to tick for this setting to be relevant.
  • always_relevant (bool): [Read-Write] Always relevant for network (overrides bOnlyRelevantToOwner).
  • attach_to_pawn (bool): [Read-Write] If true, the controller location will match the possessed Pawn’s location. If false, it will not be updated. Rotation will match ControlRotation in either case. Since a Controller’s location is normally inaccessible, this is intended mainly for purposes of being able to attach an Actor that follows the possessed Pawn location, but that still has the full aim rotation (since a Pawn might update only some components of the rotation).
  • auto_destroy_when_finished (bool): [Read-Write] If true then destroy self when “finished”, meaning all relevant components report that they are done and no timelines or timers are in flight.
  • auto_receive_input (AutoReceiveInput): [Read-Write] Automatically registers this actor to receive input from a player.
  • block_input (bool): [Read-Write] If true, all input on the stack below this actor will not be considered
  • can_be_damaged (bool): [Read-Write] Whether this actor can take damage. Must be true for damage events (e.g. ReceiveDamage()) to be called. https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/damage-in-ue4: TakeDamage(), ReceiveDamage():
  • can_be_in_cluster (bool): [Read-Write] If true, this actor can be put inside of a GC Cluster to improve Garbage Collection performance
  • custom_time_dilation (float): [Read-Write] Allow each actor to run at a different time speed. The DeltaTime for a frame is multiplied by the global TimeDilation (in WorldSettings) and this CustomTimeDilation for this actor’s tick.
  • enable_auto_lod_generation (bool): [Read-Write] If true, and if World setting has bEnableHierarchicalLOD equal to true, then it will generate LODActor from groups of clustered Actor
  • find_camera_component_when_view_target (bool): [Read-Write] If true, this actor should search for an owned camera component to view through when used as a view target.
  • generate_overlap_events_during_level_streaming (bool): [Read-Write] If true, this actor will generate overlap events when spawned as part of level streaming. You might enable this is in the case where a streaming level loads around an actor and you want overlaps to trigger.
  • hidden (bool): [Read-Write] Allows us to only see this Actor in the Editor, and not in the actual game. SetActorHiddenInGame():
  • ignores_origin_shifting (bool): [Read-Write] Whether this actor should not be affected by world origin shifting.
  • initial_life_span (float): [Read-Write] How long this Actor lives before dying, 0=forever. Note this is the INITIAL value and should not be modified once play has begun.
  • input_priority (int32): [Read-Write] The priority of this input component when pushed in to the stack.
  • instigator (Pawn): [Read-Write] Pawn responsible for damage and other gameplay events caused by this actor.
  • is_editor_only_actor (bool): [Read-Write] Whether this actor is editor-only. Use with care, as if this actor is referenced by anything else that reference will be NULL in cooked builds
  • min_net_update_frequency (float): [Read-Write] Used to determine what rate to throttle down to when replicated properties are changing infrequently
  • net_cull_distance_squared (float): [Read-Write] Square of the max distance from the client’s viewpoint that this actor is relevant and will be replicated.
  • net_dormancy (NetDormancy): [Read-Write] Dormancy setting for actor to take itself off of the replication list without being destroyed on clients.
  • net_load_on_client (bool): [Read-Write] This actor will be loaded on network clients during map load
  • net_priority (float): [Read-Write] Priority for this actor when checking for replication in a low bandwidth or saturated situation, higher priority means it is more likely to replicate
  • net_update_frequency (float): [Read-Write] How often (per second) this actor will be considered for replication, used to determine NetUpdateTime
  • net_use_owner_relevancy (bool): [Read-Write] If actor has valid Owner, call Owner’s IsNetRelevantFor and GetNetPriority
  • on_actor_begin_overlap (ActorBeginOverlapSignature): [Read-Write] Called when another actor begins to overlap this actor, for example a player walking into a trigger. For events when objects have a blocking collision, for example a player hitting a wall, see ‘Hit’ events. Components on both this and the other Actor must have bGenerateOverlapEvents set to true to generate overlap events.:
  • on_actor_end_overlap (ActorEndOverlapSignature): [Read-Write] Called when another actor stops overlapping this actor. Components on both this and the other Actor must have bGenerateOverlapEvents set to true to generate overlap events.:
  • on_actor_hit (ActorHitSignature): [Read-Write] Called when this Actor hits (or is hit by) something solid. This could happen due to things like Character movement, using Set Location with ‘sweep’ enabled, or physics simulation. For events when objects overlap (e.g. walking into a trigger) see the ‘Overlap’ event. For collisions during physics simulation to generate hit events, ‘Simulation Generates Hit Events’ must be enabled.:
  • on_begin_cursor_over (ActorBeginCursorOverSignature): [Read-Write] Called when the mouse cursor is moved over this actor if mouse over events are enabled in the player controller.
  • on_clicked (ActorOnClickedSignature): [Read-Write] Called when the left mouse button is clicked while the mouse is over this actor and click events are enabled in the player controller.
  • on_destroyed (ActorDestroyedSignature): [Read-Write] Event triggered when the actor has been explicitly destroyed.
  • on_end_cursor_over (ActorEndCursorOverSignature): [Read-Write] Called when the mouse cursor is moved off this actor if mouse over events are enabled in the player controller.
  • on_end_play (ActorEndPlaySignature): [Read-Write] Event triggered when the actor is being deleted or removed from a level.
  • on_input_touch_begin (ActorOnInputTouchBeginSignature): [Read-Write] Called when a touch input is received over this actor when touch events are enabled in the player controller.
  • on_input_touch_end (ActorOnInputTouchEndSignature): [Read-Write] Called when a touch input is received over this component when touch events are enabled in the player controller.
  • on_input_touch_enter (ActorBeginTouchOverSignature): [Read-Write] Called when a finger is moved over this actor when touch over events are enabled in the player controller.
  • on_input_touch_leave (ActorEndTouchOverSignature): [Read-Write] Called when a finger is moved off this actor when touch over events are enabled in the player controller.
  • on_instigated_any_damage (InstigatedAnyDamageSignature): [Read-Write] Called when the controller has instigated damage in any way
  • on_released (ActorOnReleasedSignature): [Read-Write] Called when the left mouse button is released while the mouse is over this actor and click events are enabled in the player controller.
  • on_take_any_damage (TakeAnyDamageSignature): [Read-Write] Called when the actor is damaged in any way.
  • on_take_point_damage (TakePointDamageSignature): [Read-Write] Called when the actor is damaged by point damage.
  • on_take_radial_damage (TakeRadialDamageSignature): [Read-Write] Called when the actor is damaged by radial damage.
  • only_relevant_to_owner (bool): [Read-Write] If true, this actor is only relevant to its owner. If this flag is changed during play, all non-owner channels would need to be explicitly closed.
  • optimize_bp_component_data (bool): [Read-Write] Whether to cook additional data to speed up spawn events at runtime for any Blueprint classes based on this Actor. This option may slightly increase memory usage in a cooked build.
  • pivot_offset (Vector): [Read-Write] Local space pivot offset for the actor, only used in the editor
  • player_state (PlayerState): [Read-Write] PlayerState containing replicated information about the player using this controller (only exists for players, not NPCs).
  • primary_actor_tick (ActorTickFunction): [Read-Write] Primary Actor tick function, which calls TickActor(). Tick functions can be configured to control whether ticking is enabled, at what time during a frame the update occurs, and to set up tick dependencies. https://docs.unrealengine.com/latest/INT/API/Runtime/Engine/Engine/FTickFunction/: AddTickPrerequisiteActor(), AddTickPrerequisiteComponent():
  • relevant_for_level_bounds (bool): [Read-Write] If true, this actor’s component’s bounds will be included in the level’s bounding box unless the Actor’s class has overridden IsLevelBoundsRelevant
  • replay_rewindable (bool): [Read-Write] If true, this actor will only be destroyed during scrubbing if the replay is set to a time before the actor existed. Otherwise, RewindForReplay will be called if we detect the actor needs to be reset. Note, this Actor must not be destroyed by gamecode, and RollbackViaDeletion may not be used.
  • replicate_movement (bool): [Read-Write] If true, replicate movement/location related properties. Actor must also be set to replicate. SetReplicates(): https://docs.unrealengine.com/latest/INT/Gameplay/Networking/Replication/:
  • replicated_movement (RepMovement): [Read-Write] Used for replication of our RootComponent’s position and velocity
  • replicates (bool): [Read-Write] If true, this actor will replicate to remote machines SetReplicates():
  • root_component (SceneComponent): [Read-Write] The component that defines the transform (location, rotation, scale) of this Actor in the world, all other components must be attached to this one somehow
  • spawn_collision_handling_method (SpawnActorCollisionHandlingMethod): [Read-Write] Controls how to handle spawning this actor in a situation where it’s colliding with something else. “Default” means AlwaysSpawn here.
  • sprite_scale (float): [Read-Write] The scale to apply to any billboard components in editor builds (happens in any WITH_EDITOR build, including non-cooked games).
  • tags (Array(Name)): [Read-Write] Array of tags that can be used for grouping and categorizing.
cast_to_player_controller() → PlayerController

Cast to Player Controller deprecated: Use standard Cast To node instead.

Returns:
Return type:PlayerController
get_control_rotation() → Rotator

Get the control rotation. This is the full aim rotation, which may be different than a camera orientation (for example in a third person view), and may differ from the rotation of the controlled Pawn (which may choose not to visually pitch or roll, for example).

Returns:
Return type:Rotator
get_controlled_pawn() → Pawn

Return the Pawn that is currently ‘controlled’ by this PlayerController

Returns:
Return type:Pawn
get_desired_rotation() → Rotator

Get the desired pawn target rotation

Returns:
Return type:Rotator
get_view_target() → Actor

Get the actor the controller is looking at

Returns:
Return type:Actor
is_local_controller() → bool

Returns whether this Controller is a local controller.

Returns:
Return type:bool
is_local_player_controller() → bool

Returns whether this Controller is a locally controlled PlayerController.

Returns:
Return type:bool
is_look_input_ignored() → bool

Returns true if look input is ignored.

Returns:
Return type:bool
is_move_input_ignored() → bool

Returns true if movement input is ignored.

Returns:
Return type:bool
is_player_controller() → bool

Returns whether this Controller is a PlayerController.

Returns:
Return type:bool
line_of_sight_to(other, view_point=[0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000], alternate_checks=False) → bool

Checks line to center and top of other actor

Parameters:
  • other (Actor) – is the actor whose visibility is being checked.
  • view_point (Vector) – is eye position visibility is being checked from. If vect(0,0,0) passed in, uses current viewtarget’s eye position.
  • alternate_checks (bool) – used only in AIController implementation
Returns:

true if controller’s pawn can see Other actor.

Return type:

bool

on_instigated_any_damage

(InstigatedAnyDamageSignature) – [Read-Write] Called when the controller has instigated damage in any way

on_possess(possessed_pawn)

deprecated: ‘on_possess’ was renamed to ‘receive_possess’.

on_un_possess(unpossessed_pawn)

deprecated: ‘on_un_possess’ was renamed to ‘receive_un_possess’.

player_replication_info

deprecated – ‘player_replication_info’ was renamed to ‘player_state’.

player_state

(PlayerState) – [Read-Only] PlayerState containing replicated information about the player using this controller (only exists for players, not NPCs).

possess(pawn) → None

Handles attaching this controller to the specified pawn. Only runs on the network authority (where HasAuthority() returns true). HasAuthority():

Parameters:pawn (Pawn) – The Pawn to be possessed.
receive_instigated_any_damage(damage, damage_type, damaged_actor, damage_causer) → None

Event when this controller instigates ANY damage

Parameters:
receive_possess(possessed_pawn) → None

Blueprint implementable event to react to the controller possessing a pawn

Parameters:possessed_pawn (Pawn) –
receive_un_possess(unpossessed_pawn) → None

Blueprint implementable event to react to the controller unpossessing a pawn

Parameters:unpossessed_pawn (Pawn) –
reset_ignore_input_flags() → None

Reset move and look input ignore flags.

reset_ignore_look_input() → None

Stops ignoring look input by resetting the ignore look input state.

reset_ignore_move_input() → None

Stops ignoring move input by resetting the ignore move input state.

set_control_rotation(new_rotation) → None

Set the control rotation.

Parameters:new_rotation (Rotator) –
set_ignore_look_input(new_look_input) → None

Locks or unlocks look input, consecutive calls stack up and require the same amount of calls to undo, or can all be undone using ResetIgnoreLookInput.

Parameters:new_look_input (bool) – If true, look input is ignored. If false, input is not ignored.
set_ignore_move_input(new_move_input) → None

Locks or unlocks movement input, consecutive calls stack up and require the same amount of calls to undo, or can all be undone using ResetIgnoreMoveInput.

Parameters:new_move_input (bool) – If true, move input is ignored. If false, input is not ignored.
set_initial_location_and_rotation(new_location, new_rotation) → None

Set the initial location and rotation of the controller, as well as the control rotation. Typically used when the controller is first created.

Parameters:
stop_movement() → None

Aborts the move the controller is currently performing

un_possess() → None

Called to unpossess our pawn for any reason that is not the pawn being destroyed (destruction handled by PawnDestroyed()).