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There are two options for self-hosting a PlayCanvas application on your own domain.

  1. Embed a PlayCanvas hosted application using an iframe.
  2. Download your application from the Editor and upload the files to your own site.

iframe Embedding

When you publish to, your application is assigned a URL. To embed your application in another page. You can simply include this URL as the src property of an iframe.

<title>My Great Game</title>
<iframe loading="lazy" src=""></iframe>

Self-hosting on your own server

In order to host your application independently of PlayCanvas' servers, do the following:

  • Go to your Project and open the Editor.
  • Click on the button in the left hand side toolbar or click Publishing in the top left Menu

Publish Button

  • This will open up the Publishing Dialog.


  • Click the DOWNLOAD .ZIP button


  • Enter a name for your export. This will be the name of the .zip file that will be created for you.
  • Select the Scenes you want to include in your export from the list. Notice that the Scene with the active banner icon will be the first scene loaded when your app is launched.
  • Click on the 'DOWNLOAD' button on the bottom to download a zip file of your project ready for deployment.
  • Extract the contents of the zip file to a location of your choosing. The file index.html will load your application.

Self-hosting on GitHub pages

As a PlayCanvas application is static content, GitHub Pages can be used to host your application using the same steps as Self-hosting on your own server.

You will also need to add an extra file named .nojekyll in the GitHub repo root directory to ensure that all files are copied to the final site. This is because some PlayCanvas published files start with an underscore and will be ignored without this file being added.

GitHub Pages Documentation can be found here about usage of the .nojekyll file.

Running a Downloaded Build

You cannot load your application by opening the index.html file in a browser or from a file:// url. You must use a local webserver to load the index.html file using http:// or https://.

There are many options for running a web server. Here are a few:

  • Easy: Install Python and run the command python -m SimpleHTTPServer from the same folder as your application's index.html. Then point your browser to http://localhost:8000.
  • Intermediate: Install NPM and http-server globally. Run the command http-server -p 8000 --cors -c-1 from the same folder as your application's index.html. Then point your browser to http://localhost:8000.
  • Intermediate: Install XAMPP. Although this is a full PHP development environment, it includes an easy to configure Apache server.
  • Advanced: Install Apache or nginx as a standalone service.