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PathfindingService

Deprecated

PathfindingService

Deprecated

PathfindingService is used to find a path between two points. The paths that the service finds are meant for regular sized Roblox characters. The paths make sure the characters can move between the points without running into walls or other obstacles. Paths will not only show where a character needs to walk to reach their goal, but will also show if the character will need to jump to get over gaps. Paths can be used both for characters controlled by players and for non-player characters.

PathfindingService generates a navigation mesh over all of the parts in the place while a game is running. This mesh indicates where a regular sized character can walk. Any path that is created with the service will stay within the mesh. If the geometry of the place changes, for example if a part moves or is created, then the navigation mesh will be recaulculated.

To see the navigation mesh for a place, open the place in Studio, navigate to File > Settings, and toggle on the setting Show Navigation Mesh. The mesh will then show up in the 3D view. The purple areas in the place show where a character can walk. The areas that are not colored in are considered blocked for characters. Studio also displays arrows on top of the mesh. These show where a character would have to jump in order to get from one part of the mesh to another.

Navigation Mesh

PathfindingService has one function called FindPathAsync which is used to find paths. This function takes two parameters: the starting point of the path and the end point. This function then returns a Path object.

Properties

Inherited from Instance: Show Hide

int

DataCost

[ReadOnly] [NotReplicated]
The cost of saving the instance using data persistence.
Instance

Parent

Determines the hierarchical parent of the `Instance`.
bool

RobloxLocked

If true, the `Instance` and its descendants cannot be indexed or edited by a `Script` or `LocalScript` and will throw an error if it is attempted.
string

ClassName

[ReadOnly] [NotReplicated]
A read-only string representing the class this `Instance` belongs to.
string

Name

A non-unique identifier of the `Instance`.
bool

Archivable

Determines if an `Instance` can be cloned using `/Instance/Clone` or saved to file.

Functions

Instance

FindPathAsync ( Vector3 start , Vector3 finish )

[Yields]

Finds a path between the two provided points.

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Array

GetDescendants ( )

[CustomLuaState]
Returns an array containing all of the `Instance`'s descendants.
bool

IsAncestorOf ( Instance descendant )

Returns true if an `Instance` is an ancestor of the given descendant.
bool

IsDescendantOf ( Instance ancestor )

Returns true if an `Instance` is a descendant of the given ancestor.
Instance

FindFirstChildWhichIsA ( string className , bool recursive )

Returns the first child of the `Instance` for whom `Instance/IsA` returns true for the given className.
Instance

FindFirstChildOfClass ( string className )

Returns the first child of the `Instance` whose `Instance/ClassName|ClassName` is equal to the given className.
Instance

FindFirstChild ( string name , bool recursive )

Returns the first child of the `Instance` found with the given name.
Instance

FindFirstAncestorWhichIsA ( string className )

Returns the first ancestor of the `Instance` for whom `Instance/IsA` returns true for the given className.
Instance

FindFirstAncestorOfClass ( string className )

Returns the first ancestor of the `Instance` whose `Instance/ClassName` is equal to the given className.
Instance

FindFirstAncestor ( string name )

Returns the first ancestor of the `Instance` whose `Instance/Name` is equal to the given name.
bool

IsA ( string className )

Returns true if an `Instance`'s class matches or inherits from a given class
Instance

WaitForChild ( string childName , double timeOut )

[CustomLuaState] [CanYield]
Returns the child of the `Instance` with the given name. If the child does not exist, it will yield the current thread until it does.
RBXScriptSignal

GetPropertyChangedSignal ( string property )

Get an event that fires when a given property of an object changes.
string

GetFullName ( )

Returns a string showing the `Instance`'s ancestry.
string

GetDebugId ( int scopeLength )

[NotBrowsable]
Returns a coded string of the `Instance`s DebugId used internally by Roblox.
Objects

GetChildren ( )

Returns an array containing all of the `Instance`'s children.
void

Destroy ( )

Sets the `Instance/Parent` property to nil, locks the `Instance/Parent` property, disconnects all connections and calls Destroy on all children.
Instance

Clone ( )

Create a deep copy of a Roblox instance and descendants where `Archivable = true`.
void

ClearAllChildren ( )

This function destroys all of an `Instance`'s children.

Events

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RBXScriptSignal

AncestryChanged ( Instance child , Instance parent )

Fires when the `Instance/Parent` property of the object or one of its ancestors is changed.
RBXScriptSignal

ChildAdded ( Instance child )

Fires when an object is parented to this `Instance`.
RBXScriptSignal

ChildRemoved ( Instance child )

Fires when a child is removed from this `Instance`.
RBXScriptSignal

DescendantAdded ( Instance descendant )

Fires when a descendant is added to the `Instance`.
RBXScriptSignal

DescendantRemoving ( Instance descendant )

Fires immediately before a descendant of the `Instance` is removed.
RBXScriptSignal

Changed ( string property )

Fired immediately after a property of an object changes.