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xform(
[objects...]
, [absolute=boolean], [boundingBox=boolean], [boundingBoxInvisible=boolean], [centerPivots=boolean], [centerPivotsOnComponents=boolean], [deletePriorHistory=boolean], [euler=boolean], [matrix=[float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float]], [objectSpace=boolean], [pivots=[linear, linear, linear]], [preserve=boolean], [preserveUV=boolean], [reflection=boolean], [reflectionAboutBBox=boolean], [reflectionAboutOrigin=boolean], [reflectionAboutX=boolean], [reflectionAboutY=boolean], [reflectionAboutZ=boolean], [reflectionTolerance=float], [relative=boolean], [rotateAxis=[angle, angle, angle]], [rotateOrder=string], [rotatePivot=[linear, linear, linear]], [rotateTranslation=[linear, linear, linear]], [rotation=[angle, angle, angle]], [scale=[float, float, float]], [scalePivot=[linear, linear, linear]], [scaleTranslation=[linear, linear, linear]], [shear=[float, float, float]], [translation=[linear, linear, linear]], [worldSpace=boolean], [worldSpaceDistance=boolean], [zeroTransformPivots=boolean])
Note: Strings representing object names and arguments must be separated by commas. This is not depicted in the synopsis.
xform is undoable, queryable, and NOT editable.
This command can be used query/set any element in a transformation node. It can also be used to query some values that cannot be set directly such as the transformation matrix or the bounding box. It can also set both pivot points to convenient values.
All values are specified in transformation coordinates. (attributespace)
In addition, the attributes are applied/returned in the order in which they appear in the flags section. (which corresponds to the order they appear in the transformation matrix as given below)
See also: move, rotate, scale
1 1 [M] = [sp]x[s]x[sh]x[sp]x[st]x[rp]x[ar]x[ro]x[rp]x[rt]x[t]where:
[sp] =  1 0 0 0  = scale pivot matrix  0 1 0 0   0 0 1 0   spx spy spz 1 
[s] =  sx 0 0 0  = scale matrix  0 sy 0 0   0 0 sz 0   0 0 0 1 
[sh] =  1 0 0 0  = shear matrix  xy 1 0 0   xz yz 1 0   0 0 0 1 
1 [sp] =  1 0 0 0  = scale pivot inverse matrix  0 1 0 0   0 0 1 0   spx spy spz 1 
[st] =  1 0 0 0  = scale translate matrix  0 1 0 0   0 0 1 0   stx sty stz 1 
[rp] =  1 0 0 0  = rotate pivot matrix  0 1 0 0   0 0 1 0   rpx rpy rpz 1 
[ar] =  * * * 0  = axis rotation matrix  * * * 0  (composite rotation,  * * * 0  see [rx], [ry], [rz]  0 0 0 1  below for details)
[rx] =  1 0 0 0  = rotate X matrix  0 cos(x) sin(x) 0   0 sin(x) cos(x) 0   0 0 0 1 
[ry] =  cos(y) 0 sin(y) 0  = rotate Y matrix  0 1 0 0   sin(y) 0 cos(y) 0   0 0 0 1 
[rz] =  cos(z) sin(z) 0 0  = rotate Z matrix  sin(z) cos(z) 0 0   0 0 1 0   0 0 0 1 
1 [rp] =  1 0 0 0  = rotate pivot matrix  0 1 0 0   0 0 1 0   rpx rpy rpz 1 
[rt] =  1 0 0 0  = rotate translate matrix  0 1 0 0   0 0 1 0   rtx rty rtz 1 
[t] =  1 0 0 0  = translation matrix  0 1 0 0   0 0 1 0   tx ty tz 1 
None
In query mode, return type is based on queried flag.
Long name (short name)  Argument types  Properties  

absolute(a)

boolean




boundingBox(bb)

boolean




boundingBoxInvisible(bbi)

boolean




centerPivots(cp)

boolean




centerPivotsOnComponents(cpc)

boolean




deletePriorHistory(dph)

boolean




euler(eu)

boolean




matrix(m)

[float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float, float]




objectSpace(os)

boolean




pivots(piv)

[linear, linear, linear]




preserve(p)

boolean




preserveUV(puv)

boolean




reflection(rfl)

boolean




reflectionAboutBBox(rab)

boolean




reflectionAboutOrigin(rao)

boolean




reflectionAboutX(rax)

boolean




reflectionAboutY(ray)

boolean




reflectionAboutZ(raz)

boolean




reflectionTolerance(rft)

float




relative(r)

boolean




rotateAxis(ra)

[angle, angle, angle]




rotateOrder(roo)

string




rotatePivot(rp)

[linear, linear, linear]




rotateTranslation(rt)

[linear, linear, linear]




rotation(ro)

[angle, angle, angle]




scale(s)

[float, float, float]




scalePivot(sp)

[linear, linear, linear]




scaleTranslation(st)

[linear, linear, linear]




shear(sh)

[float, float, float]




translation(t)

[linear, linear, linear]




worldSpace(ws)

boolean




worldSpaceDistance(wd)

boolean




zeroTransformPivots(ztp)

boolean



Flag can appear in Create mode of command  Flag can appear in Edit mode of command 
Flag can appear in Query mode of command  Flag can have multiple arguments, passed either as a tuple or a list. 
import maya.cmds as cmds # create object to manipulate cmds.sphere( n='sphere1' ) # set rotation of sphere cmds.xform( r=True, ro=(0, 90, 0) ) # change the rotate order but preserve the overall transformation cmds.xform( p=True, roo='yzx' )