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Thinking of developing a node-based plugin? Then this is for you. You can download it as an archive and unpack to a new unity project, or connect it as git submodule.

xNode is super userfriendly, intuitive and will help you reap the benefits of node graphs in no time. With a minimal footprint, it is ideal as a base for custom state machines, dialogue systems, decision makers etc.

Key features

  • Lightweight in runtime
  • Very little boilerplate code
  • Strong separation of editor and runtime code
  • No runtime reflection (unless you need to edit/build node graphs at runtime. In this case, all reflection is cached.)
  • Does not rely on any 3rd party plugins
  • Custom node inspector code is very similar to regular custom inspector code
  • Supported from Unity 5.3 and up




Installing with Unity Package Manager

Via Git URL (Requires Unity version 2018.3.0b7 or above)

To install this project as a Git dependency using the Unity Package Manager, add the following line to your project's manifest.json:

"com.github.siccity.xnode": ""

You will need to have Git installed and available in your system's PATH.

If you are using Assembly Definitions in your project, you will need to add XNode and/or XNodeEditor as Assembly Definition References.

Via OpenUPM

The package is available on the openupm registry. It's recommended to install it via openupm-cli.

openupm add com.github.siccity.xnode

Installing with git

Via Git Submodule

To add xNode as a submodule in your existing git project, run the following git command from your project root:

git submodule add [email protected]:Siccity/xNode.git Assets/Submodules/xNode

Installing 'the old way'

If no source control or package manager is available to you, you can simply copy/paste the source files into your assets folder.

Node example:

// public classes deriving from Node are registered as nodes for use within a graph
public class MathNode : Node {
    // Adding [Input] or [Output] is all you need to do to register a field as a valid port on your node 
    [Input] public float a;
    [Input] public float b;
    // The value of an output node field is not used for anything, but could be used for caching output results
    [Output] public float result;
    [Output] public float sum;

    // The value of 'mathType' will be displayed on the node in an editable format, similar to the inspector
    public MathType mathType = MathType.Add;
    public enum MathType { Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide}
    // GetValue should be overridden to return a value for any specified output port
    public override object GetValue(NodePort port) {

        // Get new a and b values from input connections. Fallback to field values if input is not connected
        float a = GetInputValue<float>("a", this.a);
        float b = GetInputValue<float>("b", this.b);

        // After you've gotten your input values, you can perform your calculations and return a value
        if (port.fieldName == "result")
            switch(mathType) {
                case MathType.Add: default: return a + b;
                case MathType.Subtract: return a - b;
                case MathType.Multiply: return a * b;
                case MathType.Divide: return a / b;
        else if (port.fieldName == "sum") return a + b;
        else return 0f;


Plugins are repositories that add functionality to xNode


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