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Library and Plugin to use glTF 2.0 resources with Ogre 2.1 licencied under the terms of the MIT licence

Loading an object with a PBR material as HLMS/PBS datablock


Loading of an object with skeletal animation



  • Ogre 2.1 built for source (lattest commit available)
  • C++14 compliant compiler (any modern-ish version of Visual Studio or GCC will do)

CI builds are currently performed on Windows under Visual Studio 2017 and on Linux under g++7

(please, do not attempt to do the thing the travis script does directly under linux, unless you really think extracting random archives inside of / is wise 😉)

How to use

  • Get the source code with git clone --recursive
  • Build the library with CMake, using the build subdirectory, and get the Ogre_glTF.dll/ file (instructions below)
  • Point your compiler to the public headers (the /include directory of the repository), or copy them to your project
  • Point Ogre to use Ogre_glTF as a plugin in the same way you'll do to the other (e.g. RenderSystems, using plugin.cfg, ...)
  • You can put binary glTF files (GLB files) inside your resources, like you would do with .mesh/.skeleton/textures files
  • In your code:
//Get access to the gltf loader, and load a GLB file in the resources to an item
//This actually search through the list of installed plugin, keep that pointer somewhere convinient
auto glTFLoader = gltfPluginAccessor::findPlugin()->getLoader(); 

//You can creae an Item for a scene by giving the name of the GLB file to look for in the resources
Ogre::Item* cesiumMan = glTFLoader->getModelData("CesiumMan.glb", glTFLoaderInterface::LoadFrom::ResourceManager).makeItem(smgr);

In case you cloned without --recursive, cd into the Ogre_glTF directory and use git submodule update --init --recursive to download dependencies correctly.

Building the source code

First of all, locally clone this repository. It uses git submodules to get it's dependencies, so you just need to do

git clone --recursive

This project uses CMake. The CMake directory is a simple copy of every cmake script shipped in the Ogre SDK, to make things simpler.

You should get and install Ogre 2.1 from source on your system, some help can be found here:

To build the project, you need to have Ogre 2.1 build and "installed" somewhere. Windows users may need to build the INSTALL target of Ogre and then to set the OGRE_HOME variable to the "build/sdk" folder. Linux users, you can make install Ogre in /usr/local

then, do the folliwng (linux) :

cd build
cmake ..                        #execute CMake while pointing at the parent directory
make                            #build the library and the demo program

#to be able to run the demo program as-is, do the following:
cp -r <path to HLMS> .          #add the Hlms shader code that comes with Ogre
cp <path to ogre plugins>/* .   #add the necessary plugins (RenderSystem_GL3+)

On a typical install from Ogre's source code on linux, theses path are /usr/local/share/OGRE/Media/Hlms and /usr/local/lib/OGRE/* respectively

(windows) :

  • Use cmake-gui to generate a Visual Studio solution inside the build using the same version that you built Ogre with. You probably need to set the OGRE_HOME variable.
  • Open the .sln (solution) file into Visual Studio. You'll get 2 projects : Ogre_glTF (the DLL) and Ogre_glTF_TEST (a test program)
  • To make the test program works, copy inside the "build" directory all the .dll (and .pdb if you want to debug) files from Ogre's debug and release binary directories
  • Copy the HLMS libary to the "build" directory

The "test" program is really crude and badly written, it was to validate that some of the features were working during development.

Project details

The goal is to be able to load the geometry, the PBR material and the animations of an object from glTF and use Ogre's classes as if you just got the object as a .mesh from Ogre's resource manager.

The curent code is limitted into loading the first declared mesh in a glTF file, or, if the glTF file has multiple "secenes", and has a "default scene" value, it will take the mesh attached to the fist node of the default scene.

Think of it as replacing .mesh files with binary .glb files, that are a standard format, with clear material/skeleton/animation/textures definitions enclosed, and with official exporters that works according to an industry-standard specification.

I'm wanting to get this functionality working inside my game engine (Annwvyn, a VR application developement framework that uses Ogre), and specifically I want to be able to use the glTF official Blender exporter.

The user facing API hasn't been worked on quite well, the only thing that has been cared on is to follow a pImpl (compillation firewall) pattern to hide to your code the dependencies in this library.

This library is based on tinygltf. tinygltf itsefl vendor in some other opensource projects, like stb_image and a json loading library.


This project is currently in developement, here's a list of features that we are working on, ticked items means that the feature is implemented.

  • Load mesh infrmation (index and vertex buffer, including vertex coordinates, normal vectors, texture coordinates) and create an Ogre::Mesh out of it via Ogre::MeshManager and Ogre::VaoManager
  • Load Image information from glTF into Ogre::TextureManager
  • Load PBR material definition form glTF and create coresponding Ogre::HlmsPbsDatablock for them. (Ogre call PBR "PBS", more or less)
  • Load "skin" information from glTF and create corresponding Ogre::Skeleton for the mesh
  • Loop through all the vertex <-> bone assignement to get a valid skeleton configuration
  • Load animation information and create animations from them
  • Load mesh "target" information and create Ogre "morph" target from them (Ogre 2.1 doesn't support them yet)
  • Load .glb files from Ogre's resource manager
  • Load .gltf from Ogre's resource manager (Not really practical as it relies on URIs and path to resources. It is probably easier to manage and more efficient to stick with .glb in an offline workflow)
  • Being able to "load" and "install" this as an actual Ogre plugin

Known issues

  • There's a problem with loading normal map data with the Direct 3D 11 render system of Ogre issue #2
  • There's several little issues with the texture loading. A small refactor would help. See the TODO comments.
  • Library is not "installable" from CMakeLists.txt yet. Users need to get the .dll / .so file accessible to their program, and point their compiler to look for headers the "include" directory
  • Can only load one mesh and it's associated material in a file. Will either load the first one, of the fist node of the default scene, depending if the default scene is set
  • Library only has been tested on an handfull of glTF files, so some corner cases may make it not work.


This project is Open Source. If you can improve it in any way, Pull Requests are welcommed!

Here's the list of the contributors that hepled out with this projet:

  • Crashy helped figure out how to correctly bind the skeleton base pauses, and how to get relative transform in the keyframes
  • Matt Chang Fixes in mesh loading
  • jprajala added multi material loading for model files. Fixed bouding box issue where object will have the AABBs of the last loaded primitive. (now bounding box are merged together when model has multiple primitives.)
  • Stig Atle @stig-atle
  • Stuggy Implemented the retreival of node local transform, if you just want a model, but has to apply the scene nodes transform on them
  • Matías being the main author/maintainer of the Ogre 2.x for awnsering countless silly questions over twitter, gitter and the forums... ^^"

Notes on third party components

tinygltf is an header only library. It is included in this very repository via git submodules. If you are about to clone this repository, you should use git clone --recursive

The library define inside one of it's files the implementation of tinygltf and stb_image. This shouldn't be an issue and your program using ogre_glTF shouldn't be affected by them in any way. Everything is hidden inside a pimpl

If you have issues related with them, please open an issue :)