Draft Text

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Draft Text

Menu location
Annotation → Text
Draft, BIM
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
Draft Label, Draft ShapeString


The Draft Text command creates a multi-line text at a given point.

To create a text element with an arrow use the Draft Label command instead.

Single point required to position the text


See also: Draft Tray and Draft Snap.

  1. There are several ways to invoke the command:
    • Press the Text button.
    • Select the Annotation → Text option from the menu.
    • Use the keyboard shortcut: T then E.
  2. The Text task panel opens. See Options for more information.
  3. Pick a point in the 3D view, or type coordinates and press the Enter point button.
  4. Enter the desired text, press Enter to start a new line.
  5. Press Enter twice or press the Create text button to finish the command.


The single character keyboard shortcuts available in the task panel can be changed. See Draft Preferences. The shortcuts mentioned here are the default shortcuts (for version 0.22).

  • To manually enter coordinates enter the X, Y and Z component, and press Enter after each. Or you can press the Enter point button when you have the desired values. It is advisable to move the pointer out of the 3D view before entering coordinates.
  • Press G or click the Global checkbox to toggle global mode. If global mode is on, coordinates are relative to the global coordinate system, else they are relative to the working plane coordinate system. introduced in version 0.20
  • Press N or click the Continue checkbox to toggle continue mode. If continue mode is on, the command will restart after finishing, allowing you to continue creating texts. The shortcut does not work in the second task panel. This option is not available in the first task panel in FreeCAD version 0.19 and earlier.
  • Press S to switch Draft snapping on or off.
  • Press Esc or the Close button to abort the command.



See also: Property editor.

A Draft Text object is derived from an App FeaturePython object and inherits all its properties. The following properties are additional unless otherwise stated.



  • DataPlacement (Placement): specifies the position of the text in the 3D view. See Placement.
  • DataText (StringList): specifies the contents of the text. Each item in the list represents a new text line.



  • ViewAnnotation Style (Enumeration): specifies the annotation style applied to the text. See Draft AnnotationStyleEditor.
  • ViewScale Multiplier (Float): specifies the general scaling factor applied to the text.

Display Options

  • ViewDisplay Mode (Enumeration): specifies how the text is displayed. If it is World the text will be displayed on a plane defined by its DataPlacement. If it is Screen the text will always face the screen. This is an inherited property. The mentioned options are the renamed options (introduced in version 0.21).


  • ViewLine Color (Color): not used.
  • ViewLine Width (Float): not used.


  • ViewFont Name (Font): specifies the font used to draw the text. It can be a font name, such as Arial, a default style such as sans, serif or mono, a family such as Arial,Helvetica,sans, or a name with a style such as Arial:Bold. If the given font is not found on the system, a default font is used instead.
  • ViewFont Size (Length): specifies the size of the letters. The text can be invisible in the 3D view if this value is very small.
  • ViewJustification (Enumeration): specifies if the alignment of the text: Left, Center or Right.
  • ViewLine Spacing (Float): specifies the factor applied to the default line height of the text.
  • ViewText Color (Color): specifies the color of the text.


See also: Autogenerated API documentation and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

To create a Draft Text use the make_text method (introduced in version 0.19) of the Draft module. This method replaces the deprecated makeText method.

text = make_text(string, placement=None, screen=False)
  • Creates a text object, at placement, which can be a FreeCAD.Placement, but also a FreeCAD.Rotation or a FreeCAD.Vector.
  • string is a string or a list of strings. If it is a list, each element is displayed on its own line.
  • If screen is True, the text always faces the camera, otherwise it is displayed in a plane defined by its DataPlacement.

The view properties of text can be changed by overwriting its attributes; for example, overwrite ViewObject.FontSize with the new size in millimeters.


import FreeCAD as App
import Draft

doc = App.newDocument()

t1 = "This is a sample text"
p1 = App.Vector(0, 0, 0)

t2 = ["First line", "second line"]
p2 = App.Vector(1000, 1000, 0)

text1 = Draft.make_text(t1, p1)
text2 = Draft.make_text(t2, p2)
text1.ViewObject.FontSize = 200
text2.ViewObject.FontSize = 200

zaxis = App.Vector(0, 0, 1)

t3 = ["Upside", "down"]
p3 = App.Vector(-1000, -500, 0)
place3 = App.Placement(p3, App.Rotation(zaxis, 180))
text3 = Draft.make_text(t3, place3)
text3.ViewObject.FontSize = 200