WebGL and 3D graphics

Google Chrome supports WebGL technology to deliver hardware-accelerated 3D graphics. With it, you can experience rich 3D content inside Google Chrome without installing additional software.

If you're curious to find out what 3D graphics can look like using WebGL, try out some experiments

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 7/Windows 8 (Windows 7 or later recommended)
  • Mac OS 10.6 or later (10.8 or later recommended)
  • Linux
  • Chrome OS

Sorry! WebGL hit a snag...

When you’re visiting a page with WebGL content, sometimes issues arise that can cause an error serious enough to stop Chrome from loading that content. Loading might fail for several reasons. For instance, a page might have maliciously attempted to crash Chrome or a bug was identified in your graphics driver. In these cases, you might see a message indicating that WebGL has failed: "Sorry! WebGL hit a snag..."

In response to this notification, you can take the following actions:

  • Reload: Chrome will try to allow WebGL again and possibly reload the page to show the blocked content. You should choose this option only if you fully trust all of the pages that you currently have open.
  • Ignore: Chrome will continue blocking WebGL content for the remainder of your browsing session. You should choose this option if you don’t trust one or more of the pages that you currently have open, or if you suspect that one of these pages has caused Chrome to crash in the past.

Graphics cards

WebGL is available in Chrome on most recent graphics cards and drivers. However, in some cases certain features or all of WebGL isn't available. Learn more about the latest list of supported configurations in the Khronos WebGL wiki

Troubleshooting tips

  1. Check to see if you’re using a supported operating system.
  2. Check to see if you’re using an unsupported graphics card (check the Khronos wiki for a list of supported cards).
  3. Check to see if WebGL is turned on by typing chrome://gpu/ in your Chrome browser.
    • If WebGL is unavailable, check the "Problems Detected" section for information on why WebGL might be turned off.
    • If the "Problems Detected" section lists an issue with your graphics driver, make sure your graphics card driver and OS system is up to date.
  4. Check to see if you're using the latest version of Google Chrome by going to About Google Chrome.