The Playground

The place to try out coding with Babylon.js. Playground

Experimenting and changing any code in the playground and clicking on the Run button will not affect any original code in the playground you currently using. Original code can be restored by refreshing the browser.

You can write the code in JavaScript or Typescript. The playground software compiles the code to JavaScript, in the background, before rendering.

Scene creation functions

Usually you'll want to place your scene creation code in the already defined createScene function. But sometimes, you might want to substitute it for the delayCreateScene function, which allows you to return a scene without a camera (because for instance you plan to create the camera after an asynchronous mesh load, like: delayCreateScene example).

You can also override the engine creation by defining the createEngine function. This can be useful if you want to test a scene without antialiasing, for example: createEngine example


Playground Overview

The Playground consists of four areas:

  • A menu bar at the top.
  • A links bar at the bottom.
  • A coding editor on the left
  • A rendering area of the right.

The space for the coding editor and rendering area can be adjusted by dragging the vertical bar between them.

The Menu

Playground Menu

In Typescript mode the menu has an orange color theme:

Playground Typescript Menu

Large Screen

  • Title and Version: As stated.
  • Language: Typescript/JavaScript switch.
  • Run: Commands the playground to try to render your scene.
  • Save: Causes your scene to be permanently stored in the playground's database and it will issue a unique URL for each save. On save you will be asked to complete the metadata so that it can be searched for. Once saved it is a good idea to bookmark the page so you can return to it later. You could then share the URL with others, for example, if it is not working as you expect you can ask a question in the forum along with the link to your playground.
  • Download: Allows you to download a zip file named Once downloaded and unzipped, you will see a file named index.html which contains everything necessary to run the code in your browser, including links to external Babylon.js and other files.
  • New: Places a basic createScene() function into the editor along with code to initialize the scene variable and provide a camera.
  • Clear: Empties all the code out of the playground editor. You could then paste in any createScene function you are working on locally.
  • Settings: The Settings button has a sub menu with extra options
    • Theme: Choose the theme for the playground
    • Font size: Set the font size in the editor.
    • Safe Mode: When the checkbox is ticked the playground issues a "leaving the page?" confirmation warning when you try to unload/reload a freshly-edited, un-saved scene.
    • Editor: The checkbox hides or un-hides the editor portion of the playground.
    • Full Screen: Makes the render area full screen.
    • Editor Full Screen: Makes the editor area full screen.
    • Format Code: Pretty prints the code.
    • Minimap: Display the minimap of the code editor.
    • Metadata: This is where you describe your playground allowing yourself and other to search the playground database for examples of use.
  • Version: Allows and shows your choice of the Babylon.js framework, either the current stable one or the latest preview version.
  • Examples: A drop down menu giving examples of playgrounds with a search filter.

Small Screens

Playground Typescript Menu

  • Menu: Contains Run, New, Clear, Save and Zip as submenus.
  • Code/Scene: Bottom Left Corner - switch between Code and Scene views.

Playground URL formats and templates

After editing any saves of the playground are numbered incrementally from one, for example:

Some useful HTML templates are also available:

Shows the render area in full screen
Shows the render area in full screen, but with a bottom toolbar showing FPS, reload and edit buttons
Uses a debug version of Babylon.js

Forum sharing

Of course the playground is extremely useful to get help from the community. In the forum, simply paste the link of your playground.

You can have fun showing directly your playground embedded into your message, using iframe. But take note that you have to be sparing with this functionality: this will slow down the loading of your topic.

<iframe src="" width="400px" height="250px"></iframe>

playground forum sharing ways

Compilation Errors

compilation error popup

Any errors in your playground are flagged with a red pop-up box containing limited information. After making an adjustment to your code, you need not close the compilation error pop-up. It should close automatically at the next Run, if all errors have been corrected.


Whenever a scene in the playground needs the use of keys to move an object, such as a mesh or camera, around then the rendering area needs to have the focus. After running the playground ensure that the render area has the focus by clicking inside it before using the keys.

Further reading

The Meshes Library
Learn about the free available meshes in the Babylon.js meshes library.
The Meshes Library
Using External Assets In the Playground
Learn how to use external assets in the playground in Babylon.js.
Using External Assets In the Playground
The Inspector
Learn all about the incredibly powerful debug layer called "The Inspector" in Babylon.js.
The Inspector
Make your own Snippet Server
Learn about the snippet server and how you can implement and use your own
Make your own Snippet Server
The Texture Library
Learn about the free available textures in the Babylon.js texture library.
The Texture Library

    Coming next

    Using External Assets In the Playground
    Learn how to use external assets in the playground in Babylon.js.
    Using External Assets In the Playground
    Playground Templates
    Learn how to add common code snippets into the playground quickly with playground templates.
    Playground Templates
    Make your own Snippet Server
    Learn about the snippet server and how you can implement and use your own
    Make your own Snippet Server
    Using the Playground for Development in Babylon.js
    Learn all about making your development process easier with the super handy playground.
    Using the Playground for Development in Babylon.js