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Avoid using Object.Instantiate without “Transform Parent” parameter and using SetParent later

Matt Ellis edited this page Feb 15, 2019 · 2 revisions

All Unity game objects have a transform component that specifies the object's position, rotation and scale, relative to its parent in a transform hierarchy. Calling Object.Instantiate to create a new instance of an object without setting a parent transform will create a new root transform hierarchy. The parent can be set later by calling Transform.SetParent or assigning a value to Transform.parent.

Calling Instantiate and setting the parent separately is an unnecessarily expensive operation, as the new root transform hierarchy is allocated, initialised and immediately thrown away. It is recommended to set the parent transform as part of the call to Instantiate, avoiding the unnecessary allocations.

This inspection will highlight calls to Object.Instantiate when the parent parameter is not specified but set later in the method. It also adds an Alt+Enter Quick Fix that will add the parent to the call to Instantiate and remove the assignment to parent or call to SetParent.

This inspection was first added in Rider/ReSharper 2018.3.

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