Creating Sublayers

This brief guide demonstrates how to create sublayers of a parent layer using C/C++.


You would like to create a “sublayer” (or a “child layer”) of a parent layer.


All layers have a layer id field, or ON_Layer::m_layer_id, that uniquely identifies that layer. Also, layers maintain a parent id field, or ON_Layer::m_parent_layer_id, that identifies the layer’s parent. If a layer’s parent id is a null UUID, then the layer does not have a parent and, thus, is considered a root layer.


The following sample demonstrates how to add a parent layer then then add a child layer to that parent.

CRhinoCommand::result CCommandTest::RunCommand( const CRhinoCommandContext& context )
  CRhinoLayerTable& layer_table = context.m_doc.m_layer_table;

  // Define parent layer
  ON_Layer parent_layer;
  parent_layer.m_name = L"Parent";

  // Add parent layer
  int parent_layer_index = layer_table.AddLayer( parent_layer );
  if( parent_layer_index >= 0 )
    // Get the layer we just added
    const CRhinoLayer& layer = layer_table[parent_layer_index];

    // Define child layer
    ON_Layer child_layer;
    child_layer.m_name = L"Child";
    // Assign parent layer's id as child's parent id
    child_layer.m_parent_layer_id = layer.m_layer_id;

    // Add child layer
    layer_table.AddLayer( child_layer );

  return CRhinoCommand::success;