A New WebGL Rendering Library for 3D Graphics Geeks
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A New WebGL Rendering Library for 3D Graphics Geeks


GLBoost is a new WebGL library for realtime 3D graphics geeks. It’s a low-level library that takes away the pain of having to deal with routine WebGL API tasks without limiting your expressive power. Use this library to spend your time doing cool stuff instead of fighting WebGL.

Latest released revision

Currently, r3 released!

Test Examples

Check our test examples page

If you want to watch examples in local. Go to GLBoost top directory by terminal and start local web server up.

$ cd GLBoost
$ npm start

Key features

  • ECMAScript 2015 based library
  • Shader classes Mixin mechanism (You can customize your shader like LEGO bricks!)
  • WebGL2.0 Ready (Currently, Firefox and Chrome)
  • User's Custom Shader Support
  • Obj and glTF1.0 loader

Supported Browsers

  • Google Chrome (even WebGL 2.0 mode)
  • Firefox (even WebGL 2.0 mode)
  • Safari
  • iOS Safari
  • Android Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge (Xbox One included)
  • Internet Explorer 11 (note that browser-polyfill.min.js is required)

How to use

1. Include build/glboost.js in your html file.

<script src="./glboost.js"></script>

2. Put canvas tag in body element.

  <canvas id="world" width="600" height="600"></canvas>

3. Write your codes.

// setup GLBoost renderer
var canvas = document.getElementById("world");
var glBoostContext = new GLBoost.GLBoostMiddleContext(canvas);

var renderer = glBoostContext.createRenderer({
  clearColor: {
    red: 0.0,
    green: 0.0,
    blue: 0.0,
    alpha: 1

// make a scene
var scene = glBoostContext.createScene();

// setup material
var material = glBoostContext.createClassicMaterial();
var texture = glBoostContext.createTexture('resources/texture.png');
material.shaderClass = GLBoost.PhongShader;

// make a Sphere geometry
var geometry = glBoostContext.createSphere(20, 24, 24, null);

// set Sphere geometry and material to make a Mesh.
var earth = glBoostContext.createMesh(geometry, material);
// add the earth mesh to the scene

// make a directonal light
var directionalLight = glBoostContext.createDirectionalLight(new GLBoost.Vector3(1, 1, 1), new GLBoost.Vector3(-1, -1, -1));
// add the light to the scene
scene.addChild( directionalLight );

// setup camera
var camera = glBoostContext.createCamera({
  eye: new GLBoost.Vector3(0.0, 0.0, 60.0),
  center: new GLBoost.Vector3(0.0, 0.0, 0.0),
  up: new GLBoost.Vector3(0.0, 1.0, 0.0)
}, {
  fovy: 45.0,
  aspect: 1.0,
  zNear: 0.1,
  zFar: 1000.0
// add the camera to the scene

// create an expression (which is composed of several rendering passes)
var expression = glBoostContext.createExpressionAndRenderPasses(1);

// set scene to render pass of expression
expression.renderPasses[0].scene = scene;

// call this method before rendering

// rendering loop
renderer.doConvenientRenderLoop(expression, function(){
  // rotate camera
  var rotateMatrixY = GLBoost.Matrix33.rotateY(-1.0);
  rotatedVector = rotateMatrixY.multiplyVector(camera.eye);
  camera.eye = rotatedVector;

for other usage, check examples!

How to Install npm packages to build library, examples and API document

$ npm install

Build of GLBoost Library

$ npm run build

Build of examples

Some examples needs to be built by Babel because they are written ECMAScript 2015. The following command builds them all.

$ npm run build-examples

Build of API Document

$ npm run esdoc

(Note: The documentation coverage is still very low. We address the resolution of this problem.)


$ npm run test

(Note: The test coverage is still very low. We address the resolution of this problem.)


Coming Soon

  • Allow access to WebGL Context and Resources

Near Future

  • Physically Based Rendering
  • Both Forward Rendering and Deferred Rendering Support
  • High-level API for beginners


This library is released under the MIT License, see LICENSE file.