3.3 Basics: Input and Output
Python nodes work like other nodes; they can take inputs and return outputs

Inputs and Outputs

IN and OUT are important keywords in Dynamo's Python node. The 'IN' keywords tells the node to refer to any data which is sent to the node via its inputs.
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The various inputs are accessed via their indexes, like the list_of_numbers below:
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input_list_of_numbers = IN[0] #Here we take an input
output_list_of_numbers = [] #We create an empty list to output
for number in input_list_of_numbers: #Looping through input
new_number = number + 1 #Adding 1 to each number
OUT = output_list_of_numbers #Here we output the new '+1' list
In this example, we're initially creating an empty list for our output. We loop through each number in the input list and add its incremented version to our output list. Finally, we output the incremented list via the 'OUT' keyword.
In practice, it looks like this:


Kinds of Inputs and Outputs

The Dynamo node can take any kind of data as an input and output any kind of data as an output. It is able to take element (e.g. Revit elements), abstract numbers, strings, Dynamo geometry and everything else as inputs.
However, there is one caveat when inputting Revit elements to a Python node. Revit elements need to be 'unwrapped' before they can be accessed via the API. Learn more about unwrapping elements here:
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