Sprite Lists

arcade.SpriteList

class arcade.SpriteList(use_spatial_hash=None, spatial_hash_cell_size=128, is_static=False, atlas: TextureAtlas = None, capacity: int = 100, lazy: bool = False, visible: bool = True)[source]

The purpose of the spriteList is to batch draw a list of sprites. Drawing single sprites will not get you anywhere performance wise as the number of sprites in your project increases. The spritelist contains many low level optimizations taking advantage of your graphics processor. To put things into perspective, a spritelist can contain tens of thousands of sprites without any issues. Sprites outside the viewport/window will not be rendered.

If the spriteslist are going to be used for collision it’s a good idea to enable spatial hashing. Especially if no sprites are moving. This will make collision checking a lot faster. In technical terms collision checking is O(1) with spatial hashing enabled and O(N) without. However, if you have a list of moving sprites the cost of updating the spatial hash when they are moved can be greater than what you save with spatial collision checks. This needs to be profiled on a case by case basis.

For the advanced options check the advanced section in the arcade documentation.

Parameters
  • use_spatial_hash (bool) – If set to True, this will make creating a sprite, and moving a sprite in the SpriteList slower, but it will speed up collision detection with items in the SpriteList. Great for doing collision detection with static walls/platforms in large maps.

  • spatial_hash_cell_size (int) – The cell size of the spatial hash (default: 128)

  • is_static (bool) – DEPRECATED. This parameter has no effect.

  • atlas (TextureAtlas) – (Advanced) The texture atlas for this sprite list. If no atlas is supplied the global/default one will be used.

  • capacity (int) – (Advanced) The initial capacity of the internal buffer. It’s a suggestion for the maximum amount of sprites this list can hold. Can normally be left with default value.

  • lazy (bool) – (Advanced) Enabling lazy spritelists ensures no internal OpenGL resources are created until the first draw call or initialize() is called. This can be useful when making spritelists in threads because only the main thread is allowed to interact with OpenGL.

  • visible (bool) – Setting this to False will cause the SpriteList to not be drawn. When draw is called, the method will just return without drawing.

property alpha: int

Get or set the alpha/transparency of the entire spritelist. This is a byte value from 0 to 255 were 0 is completely transparent/invisible and 255 is opaque.

property alpha_normalized: float

Get or set the alpha/transparency of all the sprites in the list. This is a floating point number from 0.0 to 1.0 were 0.0 is completely transparent/invisible and 1.0 is opaque.

This is a shortcut for setting the alpha value in the spritelist color.

Return type

float

append(sprite: arcade.sprite_list.sprite_list._SpriteType)[source]

Add a new sprite to the list.

Parameters

sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to add to the list.

property atlas: TextureAtlas

Get the texture atlas for this sprite list

property center: Tuple[float, float]

Get the mean center coordinates of all sprites in the list.

clear()[source]

Clears the spritelist

property color: Union[Tuple[int, int, int], List[int], Tuple[int, int, int, int]]

Get or set the spritelist color. This will affect all sprites in the list. Individual sprites can also be assigned a color. These colors are converted into floating point colors (0.0 -> 1.0) and multiplied together.

The final color of the sprite is:

texture_color * sprite_color * spritelist_color
Return type

Color

property color_normalized: Tuple[float, float, float, float]

Get or set the spritelist color in normalized form (0.0 -> 1.0 floats). This property works the same as color.

disable_spatial_hashing() None[source]

Turn off spatial hashing.

draw(*, filter=None, pixelated=None, blend_function=None)[source]

Draw this list of sprites.

Parameters
  • filter – Optional parameter to set OpenGL filter, such as gl.GL_NEAREST to avoid smoothing.

  • pixelatedTrue for pixelated and False for smooth interpolation. Shortcut for setting filter=GL_NEAREST.

  • blend_function – Optional parameter to set the OpenGL blend function used for drawing the sprite list, such as ‘arcade.Window.ctx.BLEND_ADDITIVE’ or ‘arcade.Window.ctx.BLEND_DEFAULT’

draw_hit_boxes(color: Union[Tuple[int, int, int], List[int], Tuple[int, int, int, int]] = (0, 0, 0, 255), line_thickness: float = 1)[source]

Draw all the hit boxes in this list

enable_spatial_hashing(spatial_hash_cell_size=128)[source]

Turn on spatial hashing.

extend(sprites: Union[list, arcade.sprite_list.sprite_list.SpriteList])[source]

Extends the current list with the given list

Parameters

sprites (list) – list of Sprites to add to the list

index(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite) int[source]

Return the index of a sprite in the spritelist

Parameters

sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to find and return the index of

Return type

int

initialize()[source]

Create the internal OpenGL resources. This can be done if the sprite list is lazy or was created before the window / context. The initialization will happen on the first draw if this method is not called. This is acceptable for most people, but this method gives you the ability to pre-initialize to potentially void initial stalls during rendering.

Calling this otherwise will have no effect. Calling this method in another thread will result in an OpenGL error.

insert(index: int, sprite: arcade.sprite_list.sprite_list._SpriteType)[source]

Inserts a sprite at a given index.

Parameters
  • index (int) – The index at which to insert

  • sprite (Sprite) – The sprite to insert

move(change_x: float, change_y: float) None[source]

Moves all Sprites in the list by the same amount. This can be a very expensive operation depending on the size of the sprite list.

Parameters
  • change_x (float) – Amount to change all x values by

  • change_y (float) – Amount to change all y values by

on_update(delta_time: float = 0.016666666666666666)[source]

Update the sprite. Similar to update, but also takes a delta-time.

property percent_sprites_moved

Property to estimate what percent of the sprites moved. Use internally to guess if spatial hashing should be turned on or off if the user didn’t specify.

pop(index: int = - 1) arcade.sprite.Sprite[source]

Pop off the last sprite, or the given index, from the list

Parameters

index (int) – Index of sprite to remove, defaults to -1 for the last item.

preload_textures(texture_list: List[Texture]) None[source]

Preload a set of textures that will be used for sprites in this sprite list.

Parameters

texture_list (array) – List of textures.

remove(sprite: arcade.sprite_list.sprite_list._SpriteType)[source]

Remove a specific sprite from the list. :param Sprite sprite: Item to remove from the list

rescale(factor: float) None[source]

Rescale all sprites in the list relative to the spritelists center.

reverse()[source]

Reverses the current list in-place

shuffle()[source]

Shuffles the current list in-place

sort(*, key=None, reverse: bool = False)[source]

Sort the spritelist in place using < comparison between sprites. This function is similar to python’s list.sort.

Example sorting sprites based on y axis position using a lambda:

# Normal order
spritelist.sort(key=lambda x: x.position[1])
# Reversed order
spritelist.sort(key=lambda x: x.position[1], reverse=True)

Example sorting sprites using a function:

# More complex sorting logic can be applied, but let's just stick to y position
def create_y_pos_comparison(sprite):
    return sprite.position[1]

spritelist.sort(key=create_y_pos_comparison)
Parameters
  • key – A function taking a sprite as an argument returning a comparison key

  • reverse (bool) – If set to True the sprites will be sorted in reverse

swap(index_1: int, index_2: int)[source]

Swap two sprites by index :param int index_1: Item index to swap :param int index_2: Item index to swap

update() None[source]

Call the update() method on each sprite in the list.

update_angle(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite)[source]

Called by the Sprite class to update the angle in this sprite. Necessary for batch drawing of items.

Parameters

sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to update.

update_animation(delta_time: float = 0.016666666666666666)[source]

Call the update_animation in every sprite in the sprite list.

update_color(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite) None[source]

Called by the Sprite class to update position, angle, size and color of the specified sprite. Necessary for batch drawing of items.

Parameters

sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to update.

update_height(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite)[source]

Called by the Sprite class to update the size/scale in this sprite. Necessary for batch drawing of items.

Parameters

sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to update.

update_location(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite)[source]

Called by the Sprite class to update the location in this sprite. Necessary for batch drawing of items.

Parameters

sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to update.

update_position(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite) None[source]

Called when setting initial position of a sprite when added or inserted into the SpriteList.

update_location should be called to move them once the sprites are in the list.

Parameters

sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to update.

update_size(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite) None[source]

Called by the Sprite class to update the size/scale in this sprite. Necessary for batch drawing of items.

Parameters

sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to update.

update_texture(sprite) None[source]

Make sure we update the texture for this sprite for the next batch drawing

update_width(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite)[source]

Called by the Sprite class to update the size/scale in this sprite. Necessary for batch drawing of items.

Parameters

sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to update.

property use_spatial_hash: bool

Boolean variable that controls if this sprite list is using a spatial hash. If spatial hashing is turned on, it takes longer to move a sprite, and less time to see if that sprite is colliding with another sprite.

property visible: bool

Get or set the visible flag for this spritelist. If visible is False the draw() has no effect.

Return type

bool

arcade.check_for_collision

arcade.check_for_collision(sprite1: arcade.sprite.Sprite, sprite2: arcade.sprite.Sprite) bool[source]

Check for a collision between two sprites.

Parameters
  • sprite1 – First sprite

  • sprite2 – Second sprite

Returns

True or False depending if the sprites intersect.

Return type

bool

arcade.check_for_collision_with_list

arcade.check_for_collision_with_list(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite, sprite_list: arcade.sprite_list.sprite_list.SpriteList, method=1) List[arcade.sprite.Sprite][source]

Check for a collision between a sprite, and a list of sprites.

Parameters
  • sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to check

  • sprite_list (SpriteList) – SpriteList to check against

  • method (int) – Collision check method. 1 is Spatial Hashing if available, 2 is GPU based, 3 is slow CPU-bound check-everything. Defaults to 1.

Returns

List of sprites colliding, or an empty list.

Return type

list

arcade.check_for_collision_with_lists

arcade.check_for_collision_with_lists(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite, sprite_lists: Iterable[arcade.sprite_list.sprite_list.SpriteList], method=1) List[arcade.sprite.Sprite][source]

Check for a collision between a Sprite, and a list of SpriteLists.

Parameters
  • sprite (Sprite) – Sprite to check

  • sprite_list (List[SpriteList]) – SpriteLists to check against

  • method (int) – Collision check method. 1 is Spatial Hashing if available, 2 is GPU based, 3 is slow CPU-bound check-everything. Defaults to 1.

Returns

List of sprites colliding, or an empty list.

Return type

list

arcade.get_closest_sprite

arcade.get_closest_sprite(sprite: arcade.sprite.Sprite, sprite_list: arcade.sprite_list.sprite_list.SpriteList) Optional[Tuple[arcade.sprite.Sprite, float]][source]

Given a Sprite and SpriteList, returns the closest sprite, and its distance.

Parameters
  • sprite (Sprite) – Target sprite

  • sprite_list (SpriteList) – List to search for closest sprite.

Returns

Closest sprite.

Return type

Sprite

arcade.get_sprites_at_exact_point

arcade.get_sprites_at_exact_point(point: Union[Tuple[float, float], List[float]], sprite_list: arcade.sprite_list.sprite_list.SpriteList) List[arcade.sprite.Sprite][source]

Get a list of sprites whose center_x, center_y match the given point. This does NOT return sprites that overlap the point, the center has to be an exact match.

Parameters
  • point (Point) – Point to check

  • sprite_list (SpriteList) – SpriteList to check against

Returns

List of sprites colliding, or an empty list.

Return type

list

arcade.get_sprites_at_point

arcade.get_sprites_at_point(point: Union[Tuple[float, float], List[float]], sprite_list: arcade.sprite_list.sprite_list.SpriteList) List[arcade.sprite.Sprite][source]

Get a list of sprites at a particular point. This function sees if any sprite overlaps the specified point. If a sprite has a different center_x/center_y but touches the point, this will return that sprite.

Parameters
  • point (Point) – Point to check

  • sprite_list (SpriteList) – SpriteList to check against

Returns

List of sprites colliding, or an empty list.

Return type

list