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PixiJS — The HTML5 Creation Engine

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The aim of this project is to provide a fast lightweight 2D library that works across all devices. The PixiJS renderer allows everyone to enjoy the power of hardware acceleration without prior knowledge of WebGL. Also, it's fast. Really fast.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest PixiJS news then feel free to follow us on twitter (@doormat23, @rolnaaba, @bigtimebuddy, @ivanpopelyshev) and we will keep you posted! You can also check back on our site as any breakthroughs will be posted up there too!

We are now a part of the Open Collective and with your support you can help us make PixiJS even better. To make a donation, simply click the button below and we'll love you forever!

What to Use PixiJS for and When to Use It

PixiJS is a rendering library that will allow you to create rich, interactive graphics, cross platform applications, and games without having to dive into the WebGL API or deal with browser and device compatibility.

PixiJS has full WebGL support and seamlessly falls back to HTML5's canvas if needed. As a framework, PixiJS is a fantastic tool for authoring interactive content, especially with the move away from Adobe Flash in recent years. Use it for your graphics rich, interactive websites, applications, and HTML5 games. Out of the box cross-platform compatibility and graceful degradation mean you have less work to do and have more fun doing it! If you want to create polished and refined experiences relatively quickly, without delving into dense, low level code, all while avoiding the headaches of browser inconsistencies, then sprinkle your next project with some PixiJS magic!

Boost your development and feel free to use your imagination!


  • Website: Find out more about PixiJS on the official website.
  • Getting started: Check out @kittykatattack's comprehensive tutorial.
  • Examples: Get stuck right in and play around with PixiJS code and features right here!
  • Docs: Get to know the PixiJS API by checking out the docs.
  • Wiki: Other misc tutorials and resources are on the Wiki.


  • Forums: Check out the forum and Stackoverflow, both friendly places to ask your PixiJS questions.
  • Inspiration: Check out the gallery to see some of the amazing things people have created!
  • Chat: You can join us on Gitter To chat about PixiJS. We also now have a Slack channel. If you would like to join it please Send me an email ( and I will invite you in.


It's easy to get started with PixiJS! Simply download a prebuilt build!

Alternatively, PixiJS can be installed with npm or simply using a content delivery network (CDN) URL to embed PixiJS directly on your HTML page.

Note: After v4.5.0, support for the Bower package manager has been dropped. Please see the release notes for more information.

NPM Install

npm install pixi.js

There is no default export. The correct way to import PixiJS is:

import * as PIXI from 'pixi.js'

CDN Install (via cdnjs)

<script src=""></script>

Note: 5.1.3 can be replaced by any released version.


Thanks to @photonstorm for providing those last 2 examples and allowing us to share the source code :)


Want to be part of the PixiJS project? Great! All are welcome! We will get there quicker together :) Whether you find a bug, have a great feature request or you fancy owning a task from the road map above feel free to get in touch.

Make sure to read the Contributing Guide before submitting changes.

Current features

  • WebGL renderer (with automatic smart batching allowing for REALLY fast performance)
  • Canvas renderer (Fastest in town!)
  • Full scene graph
  • Super easy to use API (similar to the flash display list API)
  • Support for texture atlases
  • Asset loader / sprite sheet loader
  • Auto-detect which renderer should be used
  • Full Mouse and Multi-touch Interaction
  • Text
  • BitmapFont text
  • Multiline Text
  • Render Texture
  • Primitive Drawing
  • Masking
  • Filters
  • User Plugins

Basic Usage Example

import * as PIXI from 'pixi.js';

// The application will create a renderer using WebGL, if possible,
// with a fallback to a canvas render. It will also setup the ticker
// and the root stage PIXI.Container
const app = new PIXI.Application();

// The application will create a canvas element for you that you
// can then insert into the DOM

// load the texture we need
app.loader.add('bunny', 'bunny.png').load((loader, resources) => {
    // This creates a texture from a 'bunny.png' image
    const bunny = new PIXI.Sprite(resources.bunny.texture);

    // Setup the position of the bunny
    bunny.x = app.renderer.width / 2;
    bunny.y = app.renderer.height / 2;

    // Rotate around the center
    bunny.anchor.x = 0.5;
    bunny.anchor.y = 0.5;

    // Add the bunny to the scene we are building

    // Listen for frame updates
    app.ticker.add(() => {
         // each frame we spin the bunny around a bit
        bunny.rotation += 0.01;

How to build

Note that for most users you don't need to build this project. If all you want is to use PixiJS, then just download one of our prebuilt releases. Really the only time you should need to build PixiJS is if you are developing it.

If you don't already have Node.js and NPM, go install them. Then, in the folder where you have cloned the repository, install the build dependencies using npm:

npm install

Then, to build the source, run:

npm run build

How to generate the documentation

The docs can be generated using npm:

npm run docs

The documentation uses JSDocs in combination with this template pixi-jsdoc-template. The configuration file can be found at jsdoc.conf.json


This content is released under the ( MIT License.


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