Where can I find more hidden _get_property_list() functionality for Arrays or other types?

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:bust_in_silhouette: Asked By pox

I use _get_property_list() in tool mode for a lot of custom resources since groups and categories are pretty good for organizing. I always wanted to export specific Arrays via this function but I never could find a proper way, not even a hint in the documentation either…

But today I made some tests via printing the original get_property_list() function and found a bizzarre and hidden way to do it

If you want to add an Array of Strings with MULTILINE you would do:

export (Array, String, MULTILINE) var array_test: Array

Which would convert in get_property_list() as:

		"class_name": "", 

I figured that the hint string is saying TYPE_STRING (4) / PROPERTY_HINT_MULTILINE_TEXT(18).

Basically you can do the same as the normal export if you specify it via hint_string, but only if you use the property hint 24, which is undocumented (see @GlobalScope — Documentación de Godot Engine (4.x) en español)

So in short my question is: Are there other hidden property list tricks? What other hints are hidden for common users?

:bust_in_silhouette: Reply From: pox

I found the full PropertyHint enum in object.h if anyone is interested:

enum PropertyHint {
	PROPERTY_HINT_NONE, ///< no hint provided.
	PROPERTY_HINT_RANGE, ///< hint_text = "min,max,step,slider; //slider is optional"
	PROPERTY_HINT_EXP_RANGE, ///< hint_text = "min,max,step", exponential edit
	PROPERTY_HINT_ENUM, ///< hint_text= "val1,val2,val3,etc"
	PROPERTY_HINT_EXP_EASING, /// exponential easing function (Math::ease) use "attenuation" hint string to revert (flip h), "full" to also include in/out. (ie: "attenuation,inout")
	PROPERTY_HINT_LENGTH, ///< hint_text= "length" (as integer)
	PROPERTY_HINT_SPRITE_FRAME, // FIXME: Obsolete: drop whenever we can break compat. Keeping now for GDNative compat.
	PROPERTY_HINT_KEY_ACCEL, ///< hint_text= "length" (as integer)
	PROPERTY_HINT_FLAGS, ///< hint_text= "flag1,flag2,etc" (as bit flags)
	PROPERTY_HINT_FILE, ///< a file path must be passed, hint_text (optionally) is a filter "*.png,*.wav,*.doc,"
	PROPERTY_HINT_DIR, ///< a directory path must be passed
	PROPERTY_HINT_GLOBAL_FILE, ///< a file path must be passed, hint_text (optionally) is a filter "*.png,*.wav,*.doc,"
	PROPERTY_HINT_GLOBAL_DIR, ///< a directory path must be passed
	PROPERTY_HINT_RESOURCE_TYPE, ///< a resource object type
	PROPERTY_HINT_MULTILINE_TEXT, ///< used for string properties that can contain multiple lines
	PROPERTY_HINT_PLACEHOLDER_TEXT, ///< used to set a placeholder text for string properties
	PROPERTY_HINT_COLOR_NO_ALPHA, ///< used for ignoring alpha component when editing a color
	PROPERTY_HINT_TYPE_STRING, ///< a type string, the hint is the base type to choose
	PROPERTY_HINT_NODE_PATH_TO_EDITED_NODE, ///< so something else can provide this (used in scripts)
	PROPERTY_HINT_METHOD_OF_VARIANT_TYPE, ///< a method of a type
	PROPERTY_HINT_METHOD_OF_BASE_TYPE, ///< a method of a base type
	PROPERTY_HINT_METHOD_OF_INSTANCE, ///< a method of an instance
	PROPERTY_HINT_METHOD_OF_SCRIPT, ///< a method of a script & base
	PROPERTY_HINT_PROPERTY_OF_VARIANT_TYPE, ///< a property of a type
	PROPERTY_HINT_PROPERTY_OF_BASE_TYPE, ///< a property of a base type
	PROPERTY_HINT_PROPERTY_OF_INSTANCE, ///< a property of an instance
	PROPERTY_HINT_PROPERTY_OF_SCRIPT, ///< a property of a script & base
	PROPERTY_HINT_OBJECT_TOO_BIG, ///< object is too big to send
	PROPERTY_HINT_SAVE_FILE, ///< a file path must be passed, hint_text (optionally) is a filter "*.png,*.wav,*.doc,". This opens a save dialog
	// When updating PropertyHint, also sync the hardcoded list in VisualScriptEditorVariableEdit
:bust_in_silhouette: Reply From: takaturre

You can always do custom checking if you know the export type. For example:

export(Array, NodePath) var my_test := []

func _init():
    for info in get_property_list():
        if info.name == "my_test":

Would print: {class_name:, hint:24, hint_string:15:, name:test, type:19, usage:8199}, revealing a “hidden” hint type 24 for NodePathArray.