paraview.simple.ExtractSurface(*input, **params)

The Extract Surface filter extracts the polygons forming the outer surface of the input dataset. This filter operates on any type of data and produces polygonal data as output.

Data Descriptors


When enabled, the filter may use approxiamte algorithm for extracting the exterior surface at the risk not being highly accurate. This may miss interior faces, for example, for structured data with blanking for better speed.


This property specifies the input to the Extract Surface filter.


If the input is an unstructured grid with nonlinear faces, this parameter determines how many times the face is subdivided into linear faces. If 0, the output is the equivalent of its linear counterpart (and the midpoints determining the nonlinear interpolation are discarded). If 1, the nonlinear face is triangulated based on the midpoints. If greater than 1, the triangulated pieces are recursively subdivided to reach the desired subdivision. Setting the value to greater than 1 may cause some point data to not be passed even if no quadratic faces exist. This option has no effect if the input is not an unstructured grid.


If the value of this property is set to 1, internal surfaces along process boundaries will be removed. NOTE: Enabling this option might cause multiple executions of the data source because more information is needed to remove internal surfaces.


Set whether Ghost interfaces will be removed. When you are rendering you want to remove ghost interfaces. There are certain algorithms though that need the ghost interfaces.

Data Descriptors inherited from Proxy


dictionary for instance variables (if defined)


list of weak references to the object (if defined)


Initialize = aInitialize(self, connection=None, update=True)

Methods inherited from SourceProxy


Called when the filename of a source proxy is changed.


Returns the associated cell data information.

GetDataInformation(self, idx=None)

This method returns a DataInformation wrapper around a vtkPVDataInformation


Returns the associated cell data information.


Returns the associated point data information.

UpdatePipeline(self, time=None)

This method updates the server-side VTK pipeline and the associated data information. Make sure to update a source to validate the output meta-data.


This method updates the meta-data of the server-side VTK pipeline and the associated information properties

__getitem__(self, idx)

Given a slice, int or string, returns the corresponding output port

Methods inherited from Proxy

GetProperty(self, name)

Given a property name, returns the property object.

GetPropertyValue(self, name)

Returns a scalar for properties with 1 elements, the property itself for vectors.

InitializeFromProxy(self, aProxy, update=True)

Constructor. Assigns proxy to self.SMProxy, updates the server object as well as register the proxy in _pyproxies dictionary.


Returns a list of all property names on this proxy.

SetPropertyWithName(self, pname, arg)

Generic method for setting the value of a property.


Destructor. Cleans up all observers as well as remove the proxy from the _pyproxies dictionary

__eq__(self, other)

Returns true if the underlying SMProxies are the same.

__getattr__(self, name)

With the exception of a few overloaded methods, returns the SMProxy method


Return hash(self).

__init__(self, **args)

Default constructor. It can be used to initialize properties by passing keyword arguments where the key is the name of the property. In addition registrationGroup and registrationName (optional) can be specified (as keyword arguments) to automatically register the proxy with the proxy manager.


Creates an iterator for the properties.

__ne__(self, other)

Returns false if the underlying SMProxies are the same.

__setattr__(self, name, value)

Implement setattr(self, name, value).

add_attribute(self, name, value)

For the full list of servermanager proxies, please refer to Available readers, sources, writers, filters and animation cues