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obj2gltf

OBJ2GLTF

Convert OBJ assets to glTF 2.0.

Getting Started

Install Node.js if you don't already have it, and then:

npm install --save obj2gltf

Using obj2gltf as a command-line tool:

node bin/obj2gltf.js -i model.obj

node bin/obj2gltf.js -i model.obj -o model.gltf

node bin/obj2gltf.js -i model.obj -o model.glb

Using obj2gltf as a library:

Converting an obj model to gltf:

var obj2gltf = require('obj2gltf');
var fs = require('fs');
obj2gltf('model.obj')
    .then(function(gltf) {
        var data = Buffer.from(JSON.stringify(gltf));
        fs.writeFileSync('model.gltf', data);
    });

Converting an obj model to glb

var obj2gltf = require('obj2gltf');
var fs = require('fs');
var options = {
    binary : true
}
obj2gltf('model.obj', options)
    .then(function(glb) {
        fs.writeFileSync('model.glb', glb);
    });

Material types

Traditionally the .mtl file format describes the Blinn-Phong shading model. Meanwhile glTF 2.0 introduces physically-based materials.

There are three shading models supported by obj2gltf:

  • Metallic roughness PBR
  • Specular glossiness PBR (via KHR_materials_pbrSpecularGlossiness extension)
  • Materials common (via KHR_materials_common extension)

If the material type is known in advance, it should be specified with either the metallicRoughness, specularGlossiness, or materialsCommon flag.

In general, if a model is authored with traditional diffuse, specular, and shininess textures the materialsCommon flag should be passed in. The glTF will be saved with the KHR_materials_common extension and the Blinn-Phong shading model will be used.

However if the model is created with PBR textures, either the metallicRoughness or specularGlossiness flag should be passed in. See the command line flags below for more information about how to specify PBR values inside the .mtl file.

If none of these flags are provided, the .mtl is assumed to contain traditional Blinn-Phong materials which will be converted to metallic-roughness PBR. There may be some quality loss as traditional materials do not map perfectly to PBR materials.

Commonly in PBR workflows the the .mtl file may not exist or its values may be outdated or incorrect. As a convenience the PBR textures may be supplied directly to the command line. See the options below.

Usage

Command line flags:

Flag Description Required
-h, --help Display help. No
-i, --input Path to the obj file. ✅ Yes
-o, --output Path of the converted glTF or glb file. No
-b, --binary Save as binary glTF (.glb). No, default false
-s, --separate Writes out separate buffers and textures instead of embedding them in the glTF file. No, default false
-t, --separateTextures Write out separate textures only. No, default false
--checkTransparency Do a more exhaustive check for texture transparency by looking at the alpha channel of each pixel. By default textures are considered to be opaque. No, default false
--secure Prevent the converter from reading texture or mtl files outside of the input obj directory. No, default false
--packOcclusion Pack the occlusion texture in the red channel of metallic-roughness texture. No, default false
--metallicRoughness The values in the mtl file are already metallic-roughness PBR values and no conversion step should be applied. Metallic is stored in the Ks and map_Ks slots and roughness is stored in the Ns and map_Ns slots. No, default false
--specularGlossiness The values in the mtl file are already specular-glossiness PBR values and no conversion step should be applied. Specular is stored in the Ks and map_Ks slots and glossiness is stored in the Ns and map_Ns slots. The glTF will be saved with the KHR_materials_pbrSpecularGlossiness extension. No, default false
--materialsCommon The glTF will be saved with the KHR_materials_common extension. No, default false
--metallicRoughnessOcclusionTexture Path to the metallic-roughness-occlusion texture that should override textures in the .mtl file, where occlusion is stored in the red channel, roughness is stored in the green channel, and metallic is stored in the blue channel. The model will be saved with a pbrMetallicRoughness material. This is often convenient in workflows where the .mtl does not exist or is not set up to use PBR materials. Intended for models with a single material. No
--specularGlossinessTexture Path to the specular-glossiness texture that should override textures in the .mtl file, where specular color is stored in the red, green, and blue channels and specular glossiness is stored in the alpha channel. The model will be saved with a material using the KHR_materials_pbrSpecularGlossiness extension. No
--occlusionTexture Path to the occlusion texture that should override textures in the .mtl file. No
--normalTexture Path to the normal texture that should override textures in the .mtl file. No
--baseColorTexture Path to the baseColor/diffuse texture that should override textures in the .mtl file. No
--emissiveTexture Path to the emissive texture that should override textures in the .mtl file. No

Build Instructions

Run the tests:

npm run test

To run ESLint on the entire codebase, run:

npm run eslint

To run ESLint automatically when a file is saved, run the following and leave it open in a console window:

npm run eslint-watch

Running Test Coverage

Coverage uses nyc. Run:

npm run coverage

For complete coverage details, open coverage/lcov-report/index.html.

The tests and coverage covers the Node.js module; it does not cover the command-line interface, which is tiny.

Generating Documentation

To generate the documentation:

npm run jsdoc

The documentation will be placed in the doc folder.

Contributions

Pull requests are appreciated. Please use the same Contributor License Agreement (CLA) used for Cesium.


Developed by the Cesium team.