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These MenuItems on the Assets menu allow you to list and automatically select all of the reverse dependencies of the currently selected Asset. It also includes a "Select All Missing refs" command which will list and select all Assets which have a "Missing" object reference somewhere in them.

Once you try this, you will need it.

This implementation contains several optimizations that make the wait time for most of these searches quite short (<10 secs).

by Matt "Trip" Maker, Monstrous Company :: http://monstro.us


using UnityEngine;
using UnityEditor;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.IO;
/// <summary>
/// Right-click on an asset, choose "What objects use this?" or "What objects in scene uses this?"
/// also, "Select All Missing refs" will point out every asset which has "Missing" object references in it.
/// by Matt "Trip" Maker, Monstrous Company :: http://monstro.us
/// from http://unifycommunity.com/wiki/index.php?title=UnityAssetXrefs
/// </summary>
public class UnityAssetXrefs {
	public static bool ADependsOnB(Object obj, Object selectedObj) {
		if (selectedObj == null) return false;
		//optionally, exclude self.
		if (selectedObj	== obj) return false;
		Object[] dependencies =  EditorUtility.CollectDependencies(new Object[1]{obj});
		if (dependencies.Length < 2) return false; // if there's only one, it's us.
		//Debug.Log(obj.name + " has " + dependencies.Length + " dependencies", obj);
		foreach (UnityEngine.Object dep in dependencies)
			if (dep == selectedObj)
				return true;
		return false;
	/* This is still useful, because it finds places where you have dragged the item onto scene objects.
	   Unity's built-in feature "Find References in Scene." does not find those uses. - MM */
	[MenuItem("Assets/What objects in scene use this?", false, 20)]
    public static void SelectSceneUsesOfAsset() {
		Object cur = Selection.activeObject;
		//optionally tell the user what's going on
		Object[] sceneObjects = Object.FindSceneObjectsOfType(typeof(Object));
		Debug.Log("You have asked which of " + sceneObjects.Length + " assets make use of " + cur.name + ", a " + cur.GetType().ToString() + ".", cur);
		List<Object> results = CollectReverseDependenciesInCurrentScene(cur);
		//TODO get only main assets of above
		Debug.Log(results.Count() + " uses in scene found for this asset.", cur);
		foreach(Object result in results)
			Debug.Log(result.name + " / " + EditorUtility.GetPrefabParent(result).GetType().ToString(), result);
	public static List<Object> CollectReverseDependenciesInCurrentScene(Object b) {
		Object[] sceneObjects = Object.FindSceneObjectsOfType(typeof(Object));
		return sceneObjects.Where(a => ADependsOnB(a,b)).ToList();
	[MenuItem("Assets/What objects use this?", false, 20)]
    public static void SelectUsesOfAsset() {
		if (Selection.objects.Length != 1) {
			Debug.LogWarning("Please select just one asset");
		Object cur = Selection.activeObject;
		float startTime = Time.realtimeSinceStartup;
		List<Object> results = CollectReverseDependencies(cur);
		Debug.Log(results.Count() + " reverse dependencies found for this asset in " + (Time.realtimeSinceStartup - startTime).ToString() + " secs.", cur);
	public static List<Object> CollectReverseDependencies(Object b) {
		return allAssets.Where(a => ADependsOnB(a,b)).ToList();
	public static List<Object> CollectReverseDependencies(Object[] objs) {
		List<Object> ret = new List<Object>();
		foreach (Object obj in objs)
		return ret;
	public static bool hasMissingRef(Object obj) {
		if (!obj) return false;
		Object[] dependencies =  EditorUtility.CollectDependencies(new Object[1]{obj});
		foreach (Object dep in dependencies)
			if (dep == null)
				return true;
		return false;
	[MenuItem("Assets/Select All Missing refs")]
	public static void SelectMissingRefs() {
		float startTime = Time.realtimeSinceStartup;
		List<Object> results = CollectMissingRefs();
		Debug.Log(results.Count() + " missing references found in" + (Time.realtimeSinceStartup - startTime).ToString() + " secs.");
	public static List<Object> CollectMissingRefs() {
		return allAssets.Where(x => hasMissingRef(x)).ToList();
	public static void printAssetPaths(List<Object> objs) {
		foreach (Object obj in objs)
			Debug.Log(AssetDatabase.GetAssetPath(obj), obj);
	public static void setSelection(List<Object> results) {
		if (results.Count() > 0)
			Selection.objects = results.ToArray();
	// everything below this line would normally be in other libraries I've made, but I've brought these versions of them into here for simplicity
	public static List<Object> allAssets {
		get {
			// get every single one of the files in the Assets folder.
			List<FileInfo> files = DirSearch(new DirectoryInfo(Application.dataPath), "*.*");
	        // now make them all into Asset references.
	        List<Object> assetRefs = new List<Object>();
	        foreach (FileInfo fi in files) {
				if (fi.Name.StartsWith(".")) continue; // Unity ignores dotfiles.
			return assetRefs;
	public static string fixSlashes(string s) {
		const string forwardSlash = "/";
		const string backSlash = "\\";
		return s.Replace(backSlash, forwardSlash);
	/// given a path to a node in the filesystem, lop off anything above the project Assets folder in the pathname so it can work with UnityEditor's built-in commands
	public static string getRelativeAssetPath (string pathName) {
		//dataPath uses forward slashes on all platforms now
		return fixSlashes(pathName).Replace(Application.dataPath, "Assets");
	// given a folder and a search filter, return a list of file references
	// (in the unlikely event you have some filesystem arrangement with recursive "hard links", be aware this may not work out well for you)
	public static List<FileInfo> DirSearch(DirectoryInfo d, string searchFor)
		List<FileInfo> founditems = d.GetFiles(searchFor).ToList();
	    // Add (by recursing) subdirectory items.
	    DirectoryInfo[] dis = d.GetDirectories();
	    foreach (DirectoryInfo di in dis) 
	        founditems.AddRange(DirSearch(di, searchFor));   
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