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Amazon Sumerian with 8th Wall Web


While Amazon Sumerian provides you with the tools to create immersive 3D experiences, it does not provide creative control over the web page that is hosting these experiences. In order do something like, say, customize your loading screen, you’re required to use Sumerian with Amazon Amplify. Amazon Amplify is a tool that allows developers to create web apps and provides APIs to several AWS Services (like Sumerian!).

With that said, we’ve made it as simple as adding a few lines of JavaScript to your Amplify app to AR-ify your Sumerian scene.


async function loadAndStartScene() {
  await AwsXR.loadScene("scene1", "sumerian-scene-dom-id")


async function loadAndStartScene() {
  await AwsXR.loadScene("scene1", "sumerian-scene-dom-id")

  const world = AwsXR.getSceneController('scene1').sumerianRunner.world
  window.sumerian.SystemBus.addListener('xrready', () => {
    // Both Sumerian scene and camera have loaded. Dismiss loading screen.
    const loadBackground = document.getElementById('loadBackground')
    setTimeout(function () {
      return loadBackground && loadBackground.parentNode && loadBackground.parentNode.removeChild(loadBackground);
    }, 1000);
  window.sumerian.SystemBus.addListener('xrerror', (params) => {
    // Dismiss loading screen and display error

Setting up Development Environment

Sign up for an Amazon AWS Account. Both Amazon Amplify and Sumerian require this.

Install Node.js and npm. Make sure you are running Node.js version 8.11+ or greater, and npm version 5.x or greater. This can be checked by running the following in your termnial:

$ node -v
$ npm -v

Install and configure the amplify command-line interface:

$ npm install -g @aws-amplify/cli
$ amplify configure

Note: You may be asked to create a new user here. That is not necessary. Instead, enter the Access Key Id and Secret Access Key for your own AWS user. This can be found by navigating to the IAM Users page and selecting the User you wish to use, then clicking the Security credentials tab.

Setting up a Sumerian Scene

Download this example project.

Log onto AWS and navigate to the Sumerian console. Create a new scene from from the default AR template. Delete all entites, cameras, lights, etc. from your scene. It should be completely empty.

Note: You may get an error that the camera cannot be deleted. If so, rename to "Delete me".

Click Import Assets at the top of the page. Drag in the xrsumerian-scene.zip file contained in this repo. Click the AR Camera entity in your scene. On the right pane, there should be a Camera category. Check the Main Camera option on it. If you previously renamed a camera "Delete me", then delete that camera from the scene.

Next, open up src/app.js. Edit YOUR_AWS_REGION to be the AWS region in which you created your Sumerian scene.

Publishing a Sumerian Scene

Within the Sumerian scene, you should see a Publish button on the top right. Click the Publish button, then click Host Privately, then Publish. Copy the JSON provided in the drop down that appeared. Create a new file under your repository's xrsumerian/src/ folder called sumerian-exports.json. Paste the copied JSON there.

Creating and Setting up an Amazon Amplify App

Now that a Sumerian scene has been created and published, let's get an Ampliy project setup to host it!

First, make sure you are back in the root directory of your xrsumerian project.

$ pwd

Then run the following to setup download the necessary Node dependencies and setp Amplify:

$ npm install
$ npm install --save aws-amplify
$ amplify init

amplify init will prompt you to select options several times. Select your editor of choice, then use the defaults for the rest.

Note: You may be asked to create a new user here. That is not necessary. Instead, enter the Access Key Id and Secret Access Key for your own AWS user. This can be found by navigating to the IAM Users page and selecting the User you wish to use, then clicking the Security credentials tab.

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Next, run:

$ amplify add auth
$ amplify push

Use the defaults again when prompted by amplify add auth.

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Granting Sumerian Access to AWS Services

Adding Access for Unauthenticated Identities to an Identity Pool

  1. Open up src/aws-exports.json. Take note of your aws_project_region and aws_cognito_identity_pool_id for the next step.
  2. Navigate to:
  1. Click Edit Identity pool.
  2. Expand Unauthenticated Identities and ensure the checkbox is enabled.
  3. Ensure that the Unauthenticated role and the Authenticated role matches the names of the UnauthRoleName and AuthRoleName in your .amplifyrc file.
  4. Copy the identity pool id to a place where you can access later. We will set this in the Sumerian scene.

Adding Permissions to an Identity Pool Role

Navigate to the Roles page in the AWS IAM console. Locate the Roles that have been created for your project. They should look something like


For both of these, do the following:

  1. Click on the role to view the current Permission policies added to this role.
  2. Click Attach policies.
  3. Search for “sumerian”.
  4. Click the checkbox for AmazonSumerianFullAccess.
  5. Click Attach policy at the bottom of the page.

Integrating 8th Wall Web

Creating an 8th Wall Web App

  1. Navigate to the 8th Wall Console.
  2. On the left pane, click Web Apps.
  3. Click + Create a new Web App.
  4. Enter a name for the application you'd like to create and click Create.
  5. Click the Edit button on the newly created app.
  6. Copy the appKey value displayed in the script tag at the top of the page.
  7. Navigate to the xrsumerian/index.html file in your project.
  8. Paste in the app key in the 8th Wall Web script tag.

Testing your App

From the xrsumerian directory, run the following command:

$ npm start

You should now see your application hosted on https://{local_ip}:8080

From your Android or iOS device, ensure you are on the same network as your computer, then navigate to the provided IP address.