Enable WebGL on Chrome or Firefox

Aug 13, 2016 | Linux, Web, Windows

WebGL on Chrome

Enable hardware acceleration :

  • browse to chrome://settings/advanced
  • scroll to the bottom and look for Use hardware acceleration when available
    1. webgl_3
  • make sure Use hardware acceleration when available is checked 
  • if it tells you to then click the relaunch button

Check if webGL is enabled in Chrome

  • Copy paste the following in your browser’s address bar chrome://gpu
  •  Look for the WebGL item in the Graphics Feature Status list
    1. webgl_4
  • The status will be one of the following:
    1. Hardware accelerated — WebGL is enabled and hardware-accelerated (running on the graphics card).
    2. Software only, hardware acceleration unavailable — WebGL is enabled, but running in software.
    3. Unavailable — WebGL is not available in hardware or software.
  • You are looking for the status to be #1 from the above list i.e. Hardware accelerated

 

WebGL on FireFox

Enable WebGL

  • Copy paste the following in your browser’s address bar about:config
    1. you will be asked to accept a scary warning, I am positive this will be ok unless you start going godzilla or the hulk on unrelated settings 🙂 so.. dont do that.
    2. webgl_ff_1
  • Search for webgl.disabled
  • make sure that its value is set to false
    1. webgl_ff_2

Check WebGL status on FireFox browser

  • Copy paste the following in your browser’s address bar about:support
  • Inspect the WebGL Renderer row in the Graphics table
    1. webgl_ff_3
  • The status can be either of two things
    1. the name of a  graphics card manufacturer, model and driver i.e. Google Inc. — ANGLE (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Direct3D11 vs_5_0 ps_5_0)
    2. Something along the lines of BLocked due to version or Blocked due to unresolved issues.
  • Obviously you want #1 as the result i.e. a working webgl.


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