class mpf.devices.drop_target.DropTarget(*args, **kwargs)

Bases: mpf.core.system_wide_device.SystemWideDevice

Represents a single drop target in a pinball machine.

Args: Same as the Target parent class

Accessing drop_targets in code

The device collection which contains the drop_targets in your machine is available via self.machine.drop_targets. For example, to access one called “foo”, you would use You can also access drop_targets in dictionary form, e.g. self.machine.drop_targets['foo'].

You can also get devices by tag or hardware number. See the DeviceCollection documentation for details.

Methods & Attributes

Drop_targets have the following methods & attributes available. Note that methods & attributes inherited from base classes are not included here.


Add this drop target to a drop target bank.

This allows the bank to update its status based on state changes to this drop target.
Parameters:bank – DropTargetBank object to add this drop target to.

No longer keep up the target up.


Keep the target up by enabling the coil.


Pulse the knockdown coil to knock down this drop target.

raise_config_error(msg, error_no, *, context=None)

Raise a ConfigFileError exception.


Remove the DropTarget from a bank.

Parameters:bank – DropTargetBank object to remove

Reset this drop target.

If this drop target is configured with a reset coil, then this method will pulse that coil. If not, then it checks to see if this drop target is part of a drop target bank, and if so, it calls the reset() method of the drop target bank.

This method does not reset the target profile, however, the switch event handler should reset the target profile on its own when the drop target physically moves back to the up position.