What does $ sign mean

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:bust_in_silhouette: Asked By MyGrandfather

I feel kinda like a noob but I don’t think I understand what $ is when used in examples. I assume it is similar to get_node but idk if it is the exact same. I looked through the documentation to find the answer but they just start using it without explaining.

Basically my question is what does the $ in something like $player mean and do. Also in what way would you want to use the $

:bust_in_silhouette: Reply From: justMK

As of Godot 3.0, the $ syntax is used to get a specific node, it’s exactly the same as get_node, except that it saves you a couple keystrokes. you would want to always use it instead of get_node.

# using $
# alternatively
# both are equivalent to

the @ syntax also exists for NodePath, which instead of doing

// you can do

the Godot Docs explains it briefly as the shorthand for get_node, and that should be all you need,

Have fun.

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