The WebGL API's EXT_float_blend extension allows blending and draw buffers with 32-bit floating-point components.

WebGL extensions are available using the WebGLRenderingContext.getExtension() method. For more information, see also Using Extensions in the WebGL tutorial.

Availability: This extension is available to both, WebGL1 and WebGL2 contexts. However, to use it, you need to enable the use of 32-bit floating-point draw buffers by  enabling the extension WEBGL_color_buffer_float (for WebGL1) or EXT_color_buffer_float (for WebGL2). Doing so automatically enables EXT_float_blend as well.

With this extension enabled, calling drawArrays() or drawElements() with blending enabled and a draw buffer with 32-bit floating-point components will no longer result in an INVALID_OPERATION error.

Usage notes

On devices that support the EXT_float_blend extension, it is automatically, implicitly, enabled when any one or more of EXT_color_buffer_float, OES_texture_float, or WEBGL_color_buffer_float are enabled. This ensures that content written before EXT_float_blend was exposed by WebGL will function as expected.


const gl = canvas.getContext('webgl2');

// enable necessary extensions

const tex = gl.createTexture();
gl.bindTexture(gl.TEXTURE_2D, tex);

// use floating point format
gl.texImage2D(gl.TEXTURE_2D, 0, gl.RGBA32F, 1, 1, 0, gl.RGBA, gl.FLOAT, null);

const fb = gl.createFramebuffer();
gl.bindFramebuffer(gl.FRAMEBUFFER, fb);
gl.framebufferTexture2D(gl.FRAMEBUFFER, gl.COLOR_ATTACHMENT0, gl.TEXTURE_2D, tex, 0);

// enable blending

gl.drawArrays(gl.POINTS, 0, 1);
// won't throw gl.INVALID_OPERATION with the extension enabled


Specification Status
EXT_float_blend Draft

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