# Sketcher ConstrainSymmetric

Sketcher ConstrainSymmetric |

Menu location |
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Sketch → Sketcher constraints → Constrain symmetrical |

Workbenches |

Sketcher |

Default shortcut |

S |

Introduced in version |

- |

See also |

Sketcher Constraint Parallel |

## Description

The **Symmetrical Constraint** constrains two selected points to be symmetrical around a given line, i.e., both selected points are constrained to lie on a normal to the line through both points and are constrained to be equidistant from the line. Alternatively it can constrain two points to be symmetric with respect to a third one.

## Usage

Select two points (vertexes) in the sketch and a line in the sketch. The selected points and the line will be dark green.

Click on Constrain symmetric or select the Constrain Symmetrical menu item from the Sketcher Constraints sub menu of the Sketcher (or Part Design) menu item.

This will apply the constraint to the selected items.

*Note:* Before Version 0.19 (see fix [1]), if you want to define a symmetry constraint with respect to a point, the order of the selection is important, depending on if you select the tool at the beginning or at the end.

- If you click the tool first: select the first point, then the symmetry reference point, and finally the second point.
- If you click the tool last: select the first point, then the second point, and finally the symmetry reference point.

See the tracker issue #4144, and forum thread.

## Scripting

Two points and a symmetry line:

```
Sketch.addConstraint(Sketcher.Constraint('Symmetric', Line1, PointOfLine1, Line2, PointOfLine2, SymmetryLine))
```

Two points and a symmetry point:

```
Sketch.addConstraint(Sketcher.Constraint('Symmetric', Line1, PointOfLine1, Line2, PointOfLine2, LineS, PointOfLineS))
```

A line and a symmetry point (In the GUI one can select a line and a point, but it uses internally the same form as above, with the two extremities of the same line):

```
Sketch.addConstraint(Sketcher.Constraint('Symmetric', Line, 1, Line, 2, LineS, PointOfLineS))
```

The Sketcher scripting page explains the values which can be used for `Line1`

, `Line2`

, `LineS`

, `Line`

, `PointOfLine1`

, `PointOfLine2`

and `PointOfLineS`

, and contains further examples on how to create constraints from Python scripts.

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