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"Get All Actors Of Class" in C++

Hi, I'm looking for something similar to this blueprint node ("Get All Actors Of Class") in C++. Thanks

Product Version: UE 4.8
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asked Aug 24 '15 at 12:49 PM in C++ Programming

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avatar image patrick58d Feb 28 '18 at 12:08 PM

Thanks for sharing this guys.

To get UGameplayStatics to work I needed this include

include "Runtime/Engine/Classes/Kismet/GameplayStatics.h"

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answered Aug 24 '15 at 12:51 PM

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avatar image jimmyJ Aug 24 '15 at 01:30 PM

Thanks! exactly what i need

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Or you can try this:

Searching for actors of C++ classes: (Thanks gjudkins for reminding about it :)

 TArray<AActor*> FoundActors;
 UGameplayStatics::GetAllActorsOfClass(GetWorld(), YourClass::StaticClass(), FoundActors);

Searching for actors of BP classes:

 TSubclassOf<AActor> ClassToFind; // Needs to be populated somehow (e.g. by exposing to blueprints as uproperty and setting it there

 TArray<AActor*> FoundActors;
 UGameplayStatics::GetAllActorsOfClass(GetWorld(), ClassToFind, FoundActors);
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answered Aug 24 '15 at 01:38 PM

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avatar image gjudkins Jan 08 '17 at 08:50 PM

I found that this doesn't work as-is. To get it to work you need to replace 'ClassToFind' with '{YourClassName}::StaticClass()'

Then it works beautifully. :)

avatar image Atheist91 Jan 09 '17 at 09:21 AM

Yeah, the StaticClass function should work here as well.

I didn't make it very clear in my answer, but the ClassToFind needs to be populated somehow (for example by exposing it to blueprints as property and setting it there).

If a class of actors you want to search for is a C++ class, then sure you can use that. However, if you want to narrow down the search to specific BP class, then TSubclassOf is what you need here (although I myself never had to do such thing yet).

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Here is a simple convenience function for collecting all actors of a given class into a TArray:

 #include "EngineUtils.h"
 template<typename T>
 void FindAllActors(UWorld* World, TArray<T*>& Out)
     for (TActorIterator<T> It(World); It; ++It)

An example of finding all of the ATriggerBox instances would be:

 TArray<ATriggerBox*> Boxes;
 FindAllActors(GetWorld(), Boxes);
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answered Nov 22 '17 at 04:44 PM

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avatar image ColdSteel48 Dec 24 '17 at 08:34 PM

Nice and very neat Function thank you!

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If you need to get all UObjects of a certain class (not just Actors) here is a nifty function I wrote:

 template<typename T>
 void GetObjectsOfClass(TArray<T*>& OutArray)
     FAssetRegistryModule& AssetRegistryModule = FModuleManager::LoadModuleChecked<FAssetRegistryModule>("AssetRegistry");
     TArray<FAssetData> AssetData;
     AssetRegistryModule.Get().GetAssetsByClass(T::StaticClass()->GetFName(), AssetData);
     for (int i = 0; i < AssetData.Num(); i++) {
         T* Object = Cast<T>(AssetData[i].GetAsset());

Use it like this: TArray AnimSequences; GetObjectsOfClass(AnimSequences);

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answered Jul 09 '18 at 12:43 PM

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