paraview.simple.ParticlesReader(*input, **params)
vtkParticleReader reads

either a binary or a text file of particles. Each particle can have associated with it an optional scalar value. So the format is: x, y, z, scalar (all floats or doubles). The text file can consist of a comma delimited set of values. In most cases vtkParticleReader can automatically determine whether the file is text or binary. The data can be either float or double. Progress updates are provided. With respect to binary files, random access into the file to read pieces is supported.

Data Descriptors


Set/Get the byte ordering of the file you are trying to read in.


Get/Set the data type. The options are: - Float (10) (default) single precision floating point. - Double (11) double precision floating point.


The list of files to be read by the reader.


Set the file type. The options are: - Unknown (0) (default) the reader will attempt to determine the file type. If this fails then you should set the file type yourself. - Text (1) the file type is text. - Binary (2) the file type is binary.


Default: 1. If 1 then each particle has a value associated with it.


Available timestep values.

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