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translate can be used to translate the atomic coordinates of a molecular object (move an object). Behavior differs depending on whether or not the "object" parameter is specified.

If object is None, then translate translates atomic coordinates according to the vector provided for the selection and in the state provided. All representation geometries will need to be regenerated to reflect the new atomic coordinates.

If object is set to an object name, then selection and state are ignored and instead of translating the atomic coordinates, the object's overall representation display matrix is modified. This option is for use in animations only.

The "camera" option controls whether the camera or the model's axes are used to interpret the translation vector.


translate vector [,selection [,state [,camera [,object ]]]]


cmd.translate(list vector, string selection = "all", int state = 0,
              int camera = 1, string object = None)


translate [1,0,0], name ca


  1. if state = 0, then only visible state(s) are affected.
  2. if state = -1, then all states are affected.