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When is valid time to create Subobjects/Components?

I'm trying to create instances of components and attach them to my object, but I get the following error:

 UE_CLOG(!CurrentInitializer, LogObj, Fatal, TEXT("No object initializer found during construction."));

I tried calling it this way, in various places:

 auto WidgetComponent = CreateDefaultSubobject<UWidgetComponent>(TEXT("WidgetComponent"));

It throws the error if I call it from BeginPlay or PostInitializeComponents.

Is it really impossible to call it outside the constructor?

Product Version: UE 4.12
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asked Aug 15 '16 at 10:46 AM in C++ Programming

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avatar image XaviFieldsGamer Apr 09 '19 at 12:59 PM

Another incomplete/misleading tutorial here... https://docs.unrealengine.com/en-us/Programming/Tutorials/Components/1

welcome to Unreal, here you rarely find complete documentation with working code

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You can create SubObjects/Components anywhere. You can only call CreateDefaultSubobject from the constructor.

To create a component at runtime you must use ConstructObject().

 UWhateverComponent* NewComponent = ConstructObject<UWhateverComponent>(UWhateverComponent::StaticClass(), this, TEXT("ComponentName"));
 NewComponent->OnComponentCreated(); // Might need this line, might not.
 NewComponent->AttachTo(GetRootComponent(), SocketName /* NAME_None */);

There may be a compiler error with missing args in AttachTo, but this is how you create and attach components at runtime.

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answered Aug 15 '16 at 05:02 PM

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avatar image idbrii Dec 08 '16 at 11:05 PM

As of 4.8, ConstructObject is deprecated and you should use NewObject instead.

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