API Reference

Class List

pc.Shader

A shader is a program that is responsible for rendering graphical primitives on a device's graphics processor. The shader is generated from a shader definition. This shader definition specifies the code for processing vertices and fragments processed by the GPU. The language of the code is GLSL (or more specifically ESSL, the OpenGL ES Shading Language). The shader definition also describes how the PlayCanvas engine should map vertex buffer elements onto the attributes specified in the vertex shader code.

// Create a shader that renders primitives with a solid red color
var shaderDefinition = {
    attributes: {
        aPosition: pc.SEMANTIC_POSITION
    },
    vshader: [
        "attribute vec3 aPosition;",
        "",
        "void main(void)",
        "{",
        "    gl_Position = vec4(aPosition, 1.0);",
        "}"
    ].join("\n"),
    fshader: [
        "precision " + graphicsDevice.precision + " float;",
        "",
        "void main(void)",
        "{",
        "    gl_FragColor = vec4(1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0);",
        "}"
    ].join("\n")
};

var shader = new pc.Shader(graphicsDevice, shaderDefinition);

Summary

Methods

destroy

Frees resources associated with this shader.

Details

Constructor

Shader(graphicsDevice, definition)

Creates a new shader object.

// Create a shader that renders primitives with a solid red color
var shaderDefinition = {
    attributes: {
        aPosition: pc.SEMANTIC_POSITION
    },
    vshader: [
        "attribute vec3 aPosition;",
        "",
        "void main(void)",
        "{",
        "    gl_Position = vec4(aPosition, 1.0);",
        "}"
    ].join("\n"),
    fshader: [
        "precision " + graphicsDevice.precision + " float;",
        "",
        "void main(void)",
        "{",
        "    gl_FragColor = vec4(1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0);",
        "}"
    ].join("\n")
};

var shader = new pc.Shader(graphicsDevice, shaderDefinition);

Parameters

graphicsDevicepc.GraphicsDevice

The graphics device used to manage this shader.

definitionobject

The shader definition from which to build the shader.

definition.attributesobject

Object detailing the mapping of vertex shader attribute names to semantics (pc.SEMANTIC_*). This enables the engine to match vertex buffer data as inputs to the shader.

definition.vshaderstring

Vertex shader source (GLSL code).

definition.fshaderstring

Fragment shader source (GLSL code).

definition.useTransformFeedbackboolean

Specifies that this shader outputs post-VS data to a buffer.

Methods

destroy()

Frees resources associated with this shader.