Draft Rotate.png Draft Rotate

Menu location
Draft -> Rotate
Draft, Arch
Default shortcut
See also


This tool rotates or copies the selected objects by a given angle around a point on the current work plane. If no object is selected, you will be invited to select one.

Draft Rotate example.jpg

How to use

  1. Select objects you wish to rotate or copy
  2. Press the Draft Rotate.png Draft Rotate button, or press R then O keys
  3. Click a center point on the 3D view, or type a coordinate
  4. Click a second point on the 3D view, or give a reference angle
  5. Click a third point on the 3D view, or give a rotation angle


  • Press X, Y or Z after a point to constrain the next point on the given axis.
  • To enter coordinates manually, simply enter the numbers, then press ENTER between each X, Y and Z component.
  • Press T or click the checkbox to check/uncheck the Continue button. If continue mode is on, the Rotate tool will restart after you finish or close it, allowing you to rotate or copy the objects another time without pressing the Rotate button again.
  • Pressing ALT or C or clicking the Copy button will make a copy of the objects, instead of rotating them. If you keep ALT pressed after clicking the third point, you will be able to place more copies, until you release the ALT key.
  • Press CTRL while drawing to force snapping your point to the nearest snap location, independently of the distance.
  • Press SHIFT while drawing to constrain your next point horizontally or vertically in relation to the rotation center.
  • Press ESC or the Cancel button to abort the current command.


The Rotate tool can by used in macros and from the python console by using the following function:

rotate (FreeCAD.Object or list, angle, [center], [axis] ,[copymode]) 
  • Rotates the given object or the objects contained in the given list with the given angle around the given center if provided, using axis as a rotation axis.
  • If axis is omitted, the rotation will be around the vertical Z axis.
  • If copymode is True, the actual objects are not moved, but copies are created instead.
  • Returns the objects (or their copies is copymode was True).


import FreeCAD,Draft
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