# Inspection Utilities¶

Panda3D has a set of utilities that may be used to learn more about various objects and methods within an application.

One of these commands is inspect(). This command will create a window with methods and attributes on one side, and the details of a selected attribute on the other. It also displays the current values of a class’ attributes. If these attributes are changing, you may have to click on a value to refresh it. To use it you have to do the following:

from direct.tkpanels.Inspector import inspect
inspect(NodePath)
# e.g. inspect(camera)


While the directtools suite calls upon a number of tools, if the suite is disabled, the user may activate certain panels of the suite. The place() command opens the object placer console. The explore() opens the scene graph explorer, which allows you to inspect the hierarchy of a NodePath. Finally, in order to change the color of a NodePath, the rgbPanel() command opens color panel.

camera.place()
render.explore()
panda.rgbPanel()


Useful DirectTool panels are explained in the Panda Tools section.