push_nodes v1.0

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Contributor: Mitja Müller-Jend
Move nodes in the DAG.
11.0, 10.5, 10.0, 9.0, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0 or later
Linux, Mac, Windows
05 Jul 2019

A common issue of building up a comp script is the lack of space between nodes to add more nodes. The push() function inside this package moves nodes around the selection to make space.

 For example the following code moves all nodes below the selection down.

from nuke_move_nodes.push_nodes import push


Nodes can also be pushed up, left and right and at the same time.

The script follows a few rules to maintain the order of the nodes in the DAG.

  • All selected nodes and Backdrop nodes stay where they are and only nodes in the specified direction are moved.
  • Selected backdrops are not be move nor re-sized.
  • Deselected backdrops surrounding selected nodes are re-sized.
  • Overlapping backdrops and their content are not be moved when pushing in one direction only.
  • Nodes snapped to the grid stay snapped after being moved.
  • If no node is selected, the last clicked position in the node graph is used as pivot.

The script may lead to unexpected results in messy scripts and does not consider how nodes are connected between sections. Still, it can be a massive timesaver while building up a node graph.

Full documentation: https://filmkorn.gitlab.io/nuke_move_nodes



  1. Extract the nuke_move_nodes folder into your .nuke folder.
  2. Add the following to your menu.py (example):
import nuke

push_menu = nuke.menu('Nuke').addMenu('Push') # Adjust to match your setup.
'from nuke_move_nodes import push_nodes; push_nodes.push(down=True)',
shortcutContext=2 # Remove this line for Nuke < 9
'from nuke_move_nodes import push_nodes; push_nodes.push(up=True)',
shortcutContext=2 # Remove this line for Nuke < 9
'from nuke_move_nodes import push_nodes; push_nodes.push(left=True)',
'from nuke_move_nodes import push_nodes; push_nodes.push(right=True)',


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