Houdini RPC port

You can control Houdini remotely by accessing HOM through an RPC (remote procedure call) interface over the network. Houdini provides a built-in RPC module, so you can control a remote copy of Houdini from a Python script.

You might also want to use RPC to communicate between two Python/hython processes running on the same machine, or to communicate between Houdini and Maya, for example.

To start Houdini’s RPC server, type the following in Houdini’s Python shell.

import hrpyc

The RPC server will run in a separate thread, waiting for RPC calls from other processes. By default, it listens on port 18811. If you'd like to run it in the main thread, call hrpyc.start_server(use_thread=False).

Now you can remotely control Houdini from another process (or on another computer). For example, in hython or Maya, you could connect to an RPC server on the local machine with:

connection, hou = hrpyc.import_remote_module()

The connection variable needs to persist for the duration of the RPC connection. The hou variable behaves just like the hou module, and you use it just like you would if you imported hou into a local session.

Note that the RPC server does not do any authentication by default, so you should ensure that your firewall protects you from unauthorized access to the RPC port.

Python Scripting

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  • hou

    Module containing all the sub-modules, classes, and functions to access Houdini.

  • Alembic extension functions

    Utility functions for extracting information from Alembic files.