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Plugin - Get all materials in current project

Hi, I want to offer my users to pick a material from a dropdown list OR let them assign a material from the content browser. To both requirements I cannot find any solution (Neither to finding all materials in my project or just in one folder nor to display a material field in my plugin).

Can you give me any hint on how to do this?

Product Version: UE 4.10
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asked Dec 31 '15 at 10:47 AM in C++ Programming

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TTaM, you are great! With your help I managed to write a function to get all materials from the editor.

 TArray<UMaterialInstance*>* RoadNetworkWidget::getMaterialInstancesFromPath(FString _path) {
     TArray<UMaterialInstance*>* result = new TArray<UMaterialInstance*>();
     UObjectLibrary *lib = UObjectLibrary::CreateLibrary(UMaterialInstance::StaticClass(), false, true);
     UE_LOG(LogTemp, Warning, TEXT("Searching for material instances in /Game/Materials..."));
     TArray<FAssetData> assetData;
     UE_LOG(LogTemp, Warning, TEXT("Found %d"), assetData.Num());
     for (FAssetData asset : assetData) {
         UMaterialInstance* mi = Cast<UMaterialInstance>(asset.GetAsset());
         if (mi) {
             UE_LOG(LogTemp, Warning, TEXT("Material instance %s"), *mi->GetName());
     return result;
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answered Jan 09 '16 at 10:52 PM

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avatar image mngpssn Feb 14 '17 at 12:16 AM

Is this possible to do with BP?

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Do you want them to do this in the editor? Or in your game?

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answered Dec 31 '15 at 12:55 PM

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avatar image padmalcom Dec 31 '15 at 01:47 PM

In the editor.

avatar image TTaM Dec 31 '15 at 05:36 PM

Simply creating a property on a struct/class will allow the user to select the assets available in your project. For materials, use MaterialInterface, not Material.

In c++, you'll need to make it a UPROPERTY with the 'EditAnywhere' flag.

avatar image padmalcom Dec 31 '15 at 05:38 PM

Hi TTaM, thanks for your answer. Unfortunately I cannot use UPROPERTY in a plugin tab in Slate. For an actor sure, I'd simple chose a UPROPERTY to edit a material.

avatar image TTaM Dec 31 '15 at 05:46 PM

Slate? Oh, well, I'll leave that to the experts.

avatar image padmalcom Jan 08 '16 at 01:15 PM

push, any ideas? I don't care if I show the materials just by names in a drop down or in an image in my slate widget. My problem is that I do not know how to determine all materials from the project in a widget. There must be some easy to use kind of function for that case, right?

avatar image TTaM Jan 08 '16 at 03:49 PM

Oh yes, I remember now. You can do this...

GetObjectsOfClass( UMaterialInterface::StaticClass(), ... );

avatar image TTaM Jan 08 '16 at 03:55 PM

You might also need to use a UObjectLibrary to load all the materials, if they aren't loaded automatically.


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