Auto-Rig Pro

by Artell in Scripts and Addons

Need to rig characters quickly while aiming for feature film quality ?
Auto-Rig Pro offers a proven workflow, targetting movie production while providing  Unity and Unreal Engine support.

First developped for my personal usage, I'm glad to publish it on the Blender Market.

Before rating it: if you encounter any bugs please report it. Sometime a new Blender version makes something buggy, or some special cases may be hard to predict, we're just humans! So please report it, and be assured you'll receive support/bugfix quickly. Updates are free and will remain free. Thanks for your understanding. Also make sure to read the FAQ and the documentation.

Rig fast with the Smart feature

Position the reference bones so that they match your character proportions. To speed up this process, the smart tool will automatically try to find the body parts locations for you (bipeds only so far). Then, edit the result if needed  (if your character is not a biped/ or for more accuracy), eventually place the facial bones and other extra limbs, and generate the final rig. The armature remains easily editable anytime after the generation. Check the product documentation and the youtube channel for more informations.

Plays fast, 25fps on these characters (using standard hardware): Anna, Kevin


Customize the rig definition in a few clicks: fingers, toes amount, spine bones, tail, breasts, ears, duplicate or remove limbs to rig spiders, centaurs, or whatever!

Video tutorial, rig a centaur with the multi-limb feature: Centaur Rig

The picker panel dynamically updates, so you can select any bone from the separate panel easily.

Intuitive tool to edit the bone shapes:


Customize the colors:


The Remap feature allows retargetting of any armature action to another one, with different bone names and bone orientations, supporting Mixamo BVH files for example. Define the source armature, the target armature, and the animation will retarget according to the bones names match and bones original orientation.

It support IK feet, hands for accurate motion tracking, and an interactive offset tool to remap to different characters proportions.

Video: Remapper demo

Game Engine Export

Auto-Rig Pro allows export to FBX format via a dedicated module, making possible to use the rigged avatar in Unity or Unreal Engine. Shape keys are transferred as well. Two export types are supported: generic to export any characters and creatures, or humanoid to keep a human bone hierarchy, allowing animation retargetting inside game engines. The bend bones and full facial rig are now exportable along both types.

Tell Me More!

Extensive list of what's in the box:

  • Automatic bone placement solver based on mesh recognition for bipeds character
  • Edit Reference Bones feature to modify the rig anytime you want. No need to redo everything if a bone is not where you want it to be.
  • Modular: only use what you need. Choose the number of fingers, toes, add optional tail, ears, breasts. Duplicate or remove limbs to rig multi-peds creatures.
  • Easy bone shape edition
  • A clear, easy to use bone picker
  • Quick color customization
  • Fully cartoon compliant: Stretchy spine, legs, arms...
  • IK-FK snap with autokey working, and snaps properly when unlocking all the leg/forearm rotation axis
  • Knees and elbows pinning
  • Multiple Child-Of constraints support for the IK hands and feet to change their parent space any time (e.g. if the character is driving a car, hands on the wheel, then grab the car door)
  • Complete set of secondary controllers for fine pose sculpt
  • Advanced facial setup
  • Shape keys drivers creation tool
  • Game engines support: Unity - Unreal Engine FBX Generic and Humanoid rig type
  • Bone remapper to retarget any armature action to another one, with different bone names and bone orientations. BVH files compliant - Mixamo animations, with IK support
  • Compliant with X-Muscle System for realistic muscles simulation
  • 11.869 lines of code craziness
  • And finally, the best thing: by buying this addon you support my work and the Blender foundation, its developers financially. It's worth a big thank you from the open source community, helping Blender remaining free and accessible for everyone. And obviously you ensure the funds for this addon next new features, bugfix. I'm making my best to constantly improve the beast, based on users requests and my own ideas. Have quick look at the release log below. You receive a notification when the addon is updated, and download it for free.




Make sure to uninstall the current addon before installing the new one and restart blender.



  • Support free feet orientation! They don't need to be aligned anymore :)
  • New 'Turn' buttons to rotate the character by 90° steps to face the camera before the detection
  • To clean the interface, the markers are now deleted after pressing the 'Go' button. To restore them, a new button has been added: 'Restore Last Session'
  • Improved the spine, wrist and fingers detection, especially if the arms/hands are inclined 45° (A-Pose), wich were hardly supported before.

Game Engine Export

  • Bake All button to bake all of the actions to the humanoid armature at once



  • Cosmetic, the markers are now drawn using fancy openGL stuffs!
  • Improved the toes end position for the foot roll based on the ground

Game Engine:

  • Set the scene simplify parameter to 0 for subdivision (and restore it after the operation), to speed up the humanoid unset



  • Before the detection, if necessary, remove the mesh parent, reveal hidden vertices, apply the rotation
  • Root volume not detected with very low poly meshes

Game Engine Export

  • Check for non-existing vertex groups in case of deletion


  • Fix the mirror foot controller shape orientation



Game Engine Export

  • More export options, Advanced and Full Facial.

Advanced will include the secondary bones, bend bones, breasts to the humanoid. This can change the secondary bones weights a little, so in option, if you have animated the character, enable Push Additive to compensate the weight transfer (since the additive armature can't be exported, the bend bones weights are merged on the main one, thus the weight are shared).

Full facial rig will export all of the facial bones and skulls except the secondary eyelids (up to now it only included 4 lips bones the jaw and the eyes), 

  • Buttons are now greyed out when an operation is already done (UE units already set, humanoid armature already set...), avoiding useless clicks to users.
  • Improved the UE Units/Blender Units switch and Set/Unset, faster and more optimized.
  • When binding the mesh a second time by error, there is now a check to prevent double binding, making sure to unbind the mesh first.



  • The leg bend bones were not properly aligned, scale were resetting, improved the ankle and wrist default skinning
  • X Mirror was not disabled  for the arm bend bones, leading to inversed transformation

Game Engine Export

  • Some vertex groups were not transferred properly for humanoid
  • Wrong results when switching units with auto-key enabled


Game Engine Export:

  • Auto append of the humanoid armature when clicking the Set button, no more necessary to append it by hand (same feature to come for the auto-rig armature as soon as Blender 2.79 is released, unstable for now )
  • One click button to export fbx with the right parameters, replacing Select Exportable.
  • Custom bones can be now added to the humanoid armature when clicking the Set button. Just name them with the prefix 'cc_', and make sure they are parented to a controller bone (bones with 'c_' prefix)


  • Retargetted actions now use names from the source action + '_retarget'



  • When the IK chains were outstretched, the IK pole got lost. To prevent this, the IK pole keyframes are now deleted when the bones angle is too low, resulting in a smooth interpolation



  • Split Parts option when binding for better handling of separate meshes (hat, glasses, clothes...)
  • UI layout with tabs, more compact
  • Color sets
  • Game engine export: removed the base fingers bones from the humanoid rig


  • Other unit scale than 1.0 did not move picker panel bone properly (spine count, duplicated limbs)
  • Switching to Unreal or Blender units after posing a character without keyframes did not preserve the pose. Now the necessary controllers are keyed before switching. Also the foot_cursor controller Transform constraint values are now scaled as well, preserving animation data.


 Auto Rig Pro Release!


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Item Rating

This item has an average rating of 5 from 10 ratings by the community.

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    Blue Driver 6 months ago

    This add-on simplifies the cumbersome rigging process. It's not as foolproof as Mixamo, yet, but offers much more flexibility and customization.

    Customer support is excellent, questions are answered swift and thoroughly. Well worth it's price tag.

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      artell 6 months ago

      Thanks Blue Driver!

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    tarava777 6 months ago

    There is a bug and it does not work properly. I will be forced to quit so it is very troubling.
    on Blender2.78a Windows 64Bit

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      artell 6 months ago

      Before rating it: if you encounter any bugs please report it. Sometime a new Blender version makes something unstable and buggy, or some special cases may be hard to predict, we're just humans! So please report it, and be assured i'll do my best it to fix it quickly. Updates are free and will remain free. Thanks for your understanding and happy blending :-)

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    rickytv 6 months ago

    Love it, been looking for a rig that is this easy to use. Mostly made mine from scratch before. A little rough on the edges and the documentation vids are decent, but the rig is really good in quality. the updates are pretty frequent and hope it keeps on coming.

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      artell 6 months ago

      Thanks rickytv! The updates won't stop... I don't know if you use the Remap (motion capture/ any rig retargetting) tool but I've found a way to automatize the axis orientation and order part wich currently take a few minutes and may be tricky to do. If everything goes well, it will be instant and easy.

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    Gary 6 months ago

    Awesome addon! Simple to use and such a time saver. Also, if you have any questions, the customer support is top notch. Highly recommended!

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      artell 6 months ago

      Thank you Gary!

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    papasmurf7777 5 months ago

    Great addon! time saver

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      artell 4 months ago

      Thanks for rating papasmurf7777, hope it will be useful to you.

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    dd2009 4 months ago

    Great stuff, well worth the money. saving me bags of time. documentation is ok but did get stuck sometimes. but Artell was there to help me through it.

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      artell 4 months ago

      Thanks dd2009 , glad everything works fine now.

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    simonjames247 2 months ago

    I can't imagine how I will work without this addon. It is time-saver in my opinion.

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      artell about 1 month ago

      Thank you!

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    Frank Mees 17 days ago

    Great addon!

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    Ali about 1 month ago

    Thanks for this cool add-on. Saves lots of my time.

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      artell about 1 month ago

      Thanks Ali!

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    haroldyk about 1 month ago

    Good add on!
    How to use multiple rigs in one blender file?

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      artell about 1 month ago

      Thanks for your feedback haroldyk! When rigging a character, it's better to use one character per blender file. Then merge them into another file by appending all of the objects from this character file(File>Append). Unfortunately Blender 2.78c is buggy on this side and crash when appending, and after many trials there's nothing I can do to prevent this. Hopefully they fixed it in the latest blender build wich you can download here: So it should be fixed in the next release too, Blender 2.79. For further assistance feel free to send a message bly clicking under the red lifebelt 'Create Message' on the right.

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