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Menu location
TechDraw → Insert Active View
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also


The ActiveView tool inserts a copy of a 3D window into a Drawing page.

TechDraw ActiveView example.png

A simple view from the 3D model that doesn't perform any complex calculation.

How to use

  1. Navigate to the 3D window you wish to copy.
  2. If you have multiple drawing pages in your document, you will also need to select the desired page in the tree.
  3. Press the Techdraw-activeview.svg ActiveView button
  4. A dialog will open to allow you to specify the size, border and background color of the copy.


  • Active views are static once generated, they are never updated with changes to the 3D model.
  • This tool is still somewhat Experimental.


see Techdraw-symbol.svg Symbol

Dialog Fields

  • DataWidth: The width of the generated view.
  • DataHeight: The height of the generated view.
  • DataBorder: The amount of empty space to be left around the view (but within Width x Height).
  • DataBackground: Show or hide a background.
  • DataBackground Color: Color to paint the background, if applicable.
  • DataLine Width: Thickness of individual lines in the view.
  • DataRender Mode: Various special effects. See Coin3d SoRenderManager for details.


See also: TechDraw API and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

The ActiveView tool can be used in macros and from the Python console by using the following functions:

import TechDrawGui
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