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

The Particle Trace filter generates pathlines in a vector field from a collection of seed points. The vector field used is selected from the Vectors menu, so the input data set is required to have point-centered vectors. The Seed portion of the interface allows you to select whether the seed points for this integration lie in a point cloud or along a line. Depending on which is selected, the appropriate 3D widget (point or line widget) is displayed along with traditional user interface controls for positioning the point cloud or line within the data set. Instructions for using the 3D widgets and the corresponding manual controls can be found in section 7.4. This filter operates on any type of data set, provided it has point-centered vectors. The output is polygonal data containing polylines. This filter is available on the Toolbar.

Data Descriptors


Compute vorticity and angular rotation of particles as they progress.


When animating particles, it is nice to inject new ones every Nth step to produce a continuous flow. Setting ForceReinjectionEveryNSteps to a non zero value will cause the particle source to reinject particles every Nth step even if it is otherwise unchanged. Note that if the particle source is also animated, this flag will be redundant as the particles will be reinjected whenever the source changes anyway.


Specify which is the Input of the StreamTracer filter.


This property determines which interpolator to use for evaluating the velocity vector field. The first is faster though the second is more robust in locating cells during streamline integration.


The input mesh can either be 1) different over time, or 2) static over time, or 3) a linear transformation of the first time step over time, or 4) have the same topology over time. If a value other than Different are used, then performance can be improved significantly because certain data structures, such as locators or cell links are not rebuilt for each timestep.


Specify the seed dataset. Typically, from where the vector field integration should begin. Usually a point/radius or a line with a given resolution.


Specify which vector array should be used for the integration through that filter.


If the input seeds are not changing, then this can be set to 1 to avoid having to do a repeated grid search that would return the exact same result.


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