I am trying to instantiate a Prefab inside a Canvas. Right now, it keeps appearing behind the canvas. I was reading online and it said to set the parent of the GameObject you are trying to instantiate. However, I can't figure out how to get the Canvas component.

My hierarchy looks like this:

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My EnemyFormation object has this script attached to it:

public class EnemySpawner : MonoBehaviour {

    public GameObject enemyPrefab;

    void Start () {
        Instantiate(enemyPrefab, new Vector3(0, 0, 0), Quaternion.identity);
        Debug.Log("Spawning enemy");

I attach the prefab inside Unity editor. I tried adding this line under Instantiate():

enemyPrefab.transform.SetParent(GameObject.FindGameObjectWithTag("Canvas"), false);

However, I get an error saying it can't convert from Unity.GameObject to Unity.Transform.

How do I make the prefab appear inside the Canvas instead of behind it? Thanks in advance!

This is what it looks like when it creates it in-game: Enemy_Orange3(Clone) is created outside of the canvas and at the bottom left instead of the center. My camera is in the same position and is the same size of the canvas.

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SetParent like below. You have to use a another GameObject to instantiate and set the parent.

GameObject enemy = Instantiate(enemyPrefab, new Vector3(0, 0, 0), Quaternion.identity) as GameObject;
enemy.transform.SetParent (GameObject.FindGameObjectWithTag("Canvas").transform, false);

Setting parent is done with transforms of two objects.

  • \$\begingroup\$ It still creates the object outside of the canvas Enemy_Orange3(Clone): zippy.gfycat.com/MemorableWaterloggedCoelacanth.gif. My SetParent() line looks exactly like yours. \$\endgroup\$ – o.o Aug 9 '16 at 4:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Did you tag the canvas? Is your enemyPrefab an UI object? Also make the Boolean true to keep it's global orientation similar. \$\endgroup\$ – Sourav Paul Roman Aug 9 '16 at 4:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think it's a UI object. When I click the prefab in Unity, it says Layer: UI in the Inspector. I set it to true but same results. I did tag the Canvas (Custom Tag). \$\endgroup\$ – o.o Aug 9 '16 at 4:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry about the other error, was my mistake. However, I am getting this: Setting the parent of a transform which resides in a prefab is disabled to prevent data corruption. UnityEngine.Transform:SetParent(Transform, Boolean) \$\endgroup\$ – o.o Aug 9 '16 at 4:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ooh, I fixed it. I had to use a temporary reference variable of type GameObject to set the parent. Basically: GameObject enemy = Instantiate(enemyPrefab, new Vector3(0, 0, 0), Quaternion.identity) as GameObject; then use enemy to set the parent. You can add it to your post if you want. Thanks for the help! \$\endgroup\$ – o.o Aug 9 '16 at 4:30

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