I have been manually creating and deleting clones of my game objects that I arrange in a circle around a given point. Each of the objects is rotated making each object the same angle apart from the others as seen in the image below.

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My objects range from 2 to 10. Doing this manually is very cumbersome, especially when changes have to made. How can I create a unity custom editor that allows me to specify a number of game object clones I want to create around a specified anchor point? Additionally, adjusting the number of clones should dynamically create/delete clones and reposition/rerotate them.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you mean to create the objects at runtime? You can create a script, where you give it the number of objects, then creates a circle and places everything around it. \$\endgroup\$
    – TomTsagk
    Apr 6, 2018 at 14:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @TomTsagk not at runtime. I would like them to be visible in the scene view before runtime so I can make adjustments to them without having to run the game. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 6, 2018 at 14:57

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Make an object and position at the center of your circle. If you already have an object with a custom script there, make an Inspector for it. If you don't have anything, make a script. It doesn't have to do anything. It might just hold data. A custom inspector just needs an script. Let's call them CircleSpawn and CircleSpawnEditor. CircleSpawn gets attached to the object at the center of the circle. It might look like this:

public class CircleSpawn : MonoBehaviour {
    public float radius;
    public int numOfItems;
    public GameObject clonedObject;
    public List<GameObject> spawnedObjects;

CircleSpawnEditor needs to be saved to a folder called Editor and looks something like this:

using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using UnityEditor;

public class CircleSpawnEditor : Editor

    public override void OnInspectorGUI()
        var tar = (CircleSpawn)target;

        //set its values
        tar.radius = EditorGUILayout.FloatField("Radius:", tar.radius);
        tar.numOfItems = EditorGUILayout.IntField("Number of Items:", tar.numOfItems);
        tar.clonedObject = (GameObject)EditorGUILayout.ObjectField(tar.clonedObject,
                       typeof(GameObject), true);

        //Inspector button for creating the objects in the Editor
        if (GUILayout.Button("Create"))

            //clean up old objects
            if (tar.spawnedObjects != null)
                foreach (var ob in tar.spawnedObjects)
            tar.spawnedObjects = new List<GameObject>();

            float angleBetween = 360.0f / tar.numOfItems;
            float angle = 0;
            for (int i = 0; i <= tar.numOfItems; i++)
                //for each object, find a rotation and position
                var rot = Quaternion.Euler(0, angle, 0);
                var localPos = rot * Vector3.forward * tar.radius;
                    tar.transform.position + localPos, rot));
                angle += angleBetween;

I tested it and the result looks like this:

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  • \$\begingroup\$ all the objects have the same x value and some seem to be scaled down on the y-axis. They are not created around the clonedObject as you suggest. I haven't been able to figure out what's causing this. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 11, 2018 at 17:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ I just fixed a few minor compile errors, but I tested it in Unity and it works fine. \$\endgroup\$
    – tyjkenn
    Apr 11, 2018 at 23:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ I just found the problem. My game is actually in 2d that's why I'm having the issues. How will your solution change for 2d as in the image I provided above? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 13, 2018 at 13:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ I know this was not in the original question. How can I add a slider to rotate all the objects round the circle at the same time? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 13, 2018 at 13:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ For 2D, just rotate around z instead of y: var rot = Quaternion.Euler(0, 0, angle);. For your other question, EditorGUILayout has a slider tool. You could have a change in the slider either rebuild the objects but with an angle offset (float angle = sliderValue), or you can have all the objects be assigned to the same parent at creation, and rotate the parent. \$\endgroup\$
    – tyjkenn
    Apr 13, 2018 at 15:48

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