Magnum::Trade::TinyGltfImporter class

TinyGltf importer plugin.

Imports glTF and binary glTF using the TinyGLTF library.

This plugin provides the GltfImporter plugin.


This plugin depends on the Trade library and the AnyImageImporter plugin and is built if WITH_TINYGLTFIMPORTER is enabled when building Magnum Plugins. To use as a dynamic plugin, load "TinyGltfImporter" via Corrade::PluginManager::Manager.

Additionally, if you're using Magnum as a CMake subproject, bundle the magnum-plugins repository and do the following:

add_subdirectory(magnum EXCLUDE_FROM_ALL)

add_subdirectory(magnum-plugins EXCLUDE_FROM_ALL)

# So the dynamically loaded plugin gets built implicitly
add_dependencies(your-app MagnumPlugins::TinyGltfImporter)

To use as a static plugin or as a dependency of another plugin with CMake, put FindMagnumPlugins.cmake into your modules/ directory, request the TinyGltfImporter component of the MagnumPlugins package and link to the MagnumPlugins::TinyGltfImporter target:

find_package(MagnumPlugins REQUIRED TinyGltfImporter)

# ...
target_link_libraries(your-app PRIVATE MagnumPlugins::TinyGltfImporter)

See Downloading and building plugins, Plugin usage with CMake, Loading and using plugins and File format support for more information.

Behavior and limitations

The plugin supports ImporterFeature::OpenData and ImporterFeature::FileCallback features. The tiny_gltf library loads everything during initial import, meaning all external file loading callbacks are called with InputFileCallbackPolicy::LoadTemporary and the resources can be safely freed right after the openData() / openFile() function exits. In case of images, the files are loaded on-demand inside image2D() calls with InputFileCallbackPolicy::LoadTemporary and InputFileCallbackPolicy::Close is emitted right after the file is fully read.

Import of skeleton, skin and morph data is not supported at the moment.

Animation import

  • Linear quaternion rotation tracks are postprocessed in order to make it possible to use the faster Math::lerp() / Math::slerp() functions instead of Math::lerpShortestPath() / Math::slerpShortestPath(). Can be disabled per-animation with the optimizeQuaternionShortestPath option, see below. This doesn't affect spline-interpolated rotation tracks.
  • If linear quaternion rotation tracks are not normalized, the importer prints a warning and normalizes them. Can be disabled per-animation with the normalizeQuaternions option, see below. This doesn't affect spline-interpolated rotation tracks.
  • Skin skeleton property is not imported, but you can retrieve it via SkinData::importerState() — see Access to internal importer state for more information
  • Morph targets are not supported
  • Animation tracks are always imported with Animation::Extrapolation::Constant, because glTF doesn't support anything else
  • It's possible to request all animation clips to be merged into one using the mergeAnimationClips option in order to for example preserve cinematic animations when using the Blender glTF exporter (as it otherwise outputs a separate clip for each object). When this option is enabled, animationCount() always report either 0 or 1 and the merged animation has no name. With this option enabled, however, it can happen that multiple conflicting tracks affecting the same node are merged in the same clip, causing the animation to misbehave.

Scene and object import

  • If no "scene" property is present and the file contains at least one scene, defaultScene() returns 0 instead of -1. According to the glTF 2.0 specification the importer is free to not render anything, but the suggested behavior would break even some official sample models.
  • In case object transformation is set via separate translation/rotation/scaling properties in the source file, ObjectData3D is created with ObjectFlag3D::HasTranslationRotationScaling and these separate properties accessible
  • If object rotation quaternion is not normalized, the importer prints a warning and normalizes it. Can be disabled per-object with the normalizeQuaternions option, see below.

Camera import

  • Cameras in glTF are specified with vertical FoV and vertical:horizontal aspect ratio, these values are recalculated for horizontal FoV and horizontal:vertical aspect ratio as is common in Magnum

Light import

Mesh import

Custom and unrecognized vertex attributes of allowed types are present in the imported meshes as well. Their mapping to/from a string can be queried using meshAttributeName() and meshAttributeForName(). Attributes with unsupported types (such as non-normalized integer matrices) cause the import to fail.

Material import

Texture and image import

  • Texture type is always Trade::TextureData::Type::Texture2D, as glTF doesn't support anything else
  • Z coordinate of Trade::TextureData::wrapping() is always SamplerWrapping::Repeat, as glTF doesn't support 3D textures
  • glTF leaves the defaults of sampler properties to the application, the following defaults have been chosen for this importer:

  • The importer supports the non-standard GOOGLE_texture_basis extension for referencing Basis Universal files, which then get loaded using BasisImporter (or an equivalent alias). The use is like this, equivalently to Basis own glTF example:

        "textures": [
                "extensions": {
                    "GOOGLE_texture_basis": {
                        "source": 0
        "images": [
                "mimeType": "image/x-basis",
                "uri": "texture.basis"
        "extensionsUsed": [
        "extensionsRequired": [

    The MIME type is not standard either and the importer doesn't check its value. However, in case of embedded data URIs, the prefix has to be set to data:application/octet-stream as TinyGLTF has a whitelist for data URI detection and would treat the URI as a filename otherwise:

        "images": [
                "mimeType": "image/x-basis",
                "uri": "data:application/octet-stream;base64,..."

Plugin-specific config

It's possible to tune various output options through configuration(). See below for all options and their default values.


# Optimize imported linearly-interpolated quaternion animation tracks to
# ensure shortest path is always chosen. This can be controlled separately for
# each animation import.

# Normalize transformation quaternions and linearly-interpolated quaternion
# animation tracks, if they are not already. Note that spline-interpolated
# quaternion animation tracks are not patched. This can be controlled
# separately for each object/animation import.

# Merge all animations into a single clip. Useful for preserving cinematic
# animations when using the Blender glTF exporter, as it exports animation of
# every object as a separate clip. See
# and for more
# information.

# Perform Y-flip for texture coordinates in a material texture transform. By
# default texture coordinates are Y-flipped directly in the mesh data to avoid
# the need to supply texture transformation matrix to a shader, enabling this
# will cause all texture coordinate data to be unchanged and instead all
# materials will have a Y-flipping texture transformation present. Note that
# this flag has to be enabled before opening a file, changing it during import
# will have undefined behavior.

# The non-standard MeshAttribute::ObjectId is by default recognized under this
# name. Change if your file uses a different identifier.

# Provide basic Phong material attributes even for PBR materials in order to be
# compatible with PhongMaterialData workflows from version 2020.06 and before.
# This option will eventually become disabled by default.

Access to internal importer state

Access to the underlying TinyGLTF structures it is provided through importer-specific data accessors:

The TinyGLTF header is installed alsongside the plugin and accessible like this:

#include <MagnumExternal/TinyGLTF/tiny_gltf.h>

Base classes

class AbstractImporter
Base for importer plugins.

Constructors, destructors, conversion operators

TinyGltfImporter() explicit
Default constructor.
TinyGltfImporter(PluginManager::Manager<AbstractImporter>& manager) explicit
TinyGltfImporter(PluginManager::AbstractManager& manager, const std::string& plugin) explicit
Plugin manager constructor.

Public functions

auto importerState() const -> const tinygltf::Model*
Importer state.

Function documentation

Magnum::Trade::TinyGltfImporter::TinyGltfImporter() explicit

Default constructor.

In case you want to open images, use TinyGltfImporter(PluginManager::Manager<AbstractImporter>&) instead.

Magnum::Trade::TinyGltfImporter::TinyGltfImporter(PluginManager::Manager<AbstractImporter>& manager) explicit


The plugin needs access to plugin manager for importing images.

const tinygltf::Model* Magnum::Trade::TinyGltfImporter::importerState() const

Importer state.

See class documentation for more information.