Pixi.js — A 2D JavaScript Renderer

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

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(@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!

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What to Use Pixi.js for and When to Use It

Pixi.js 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.

Pixi.js has full WebGL support and seamlessly falls back to HTML5's canvas if needed. As a framework, Pixi.js 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 Pixi.js magic!

Boost your development and feel free to use your imagination!


  • Website: Find out more about Pixi on the offical website.
  • Getting started: Check out @kittykatattack's comprehensive tutorial.
  • Examples: Get stuck right in and play around with pixi code and features right here!
  • Docs: Get to know the Pixi 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 pixi 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 Pixi. 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 Pixi.js! Simply grab the pre-built versions from here:

Release Branch - Nice and stable Pixi.js

  • Unminified: []
  • Minified: []

Develop Branch - The bleeding edge version of Pixi.js

  • Unminified: []
  • Minified: []

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

Bower Install

$> bower install pixi.js

NPM Install

$> npm install pixi.js

CDN Install (via cdnjs)

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Note: 4.2.2 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 pixi.js 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

// 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.
var 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
PIXI.loader.add('bunny', 'bunny.png').load(function(loader, resources) {

    // This creates a texture from a 'bunny.png' image.
    var 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(function() {
         // 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 pixi, then
just download one of our prebuilt releases. Really
the only time you should need to build pixi.js 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 dist

This will create a minified version at dist/pixi.min.js and a non-minified version at dist/pixi.js
with all the plugins in the pixi.js project.

If there are specific plugins you don't want, say "interaction" or "extras", you can exclude those:

$> npm run dist -- --exclude extras --exclude interaction

You can also use the short-form -e:

$> npm run dist -- -e extras -e interaction -e filters

How to generate the documentation

The docs can be generated using npm:

$> npm run docs

The documentation uses Jaguar.js and the jsdoc format, the configuration file can be found at scripts/jsdoc.conf.json


This content is released under the ( MIT License.