The WEBGL_depth_texture extension is part of the WebGL API and defines 2D depth and depth-stencil textures.

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

Availability: This extension is only available to WebGL1 contexts. In WebGL2, the functionality of this extension is available on the WebGL2 context by default. The constant in WebGL2 is gl.UNSIGNED_INT_24_8.


This extension adds a new constant:

Unsigned integer type for 24-bit depth texture data.

Extended methods

This extension extends WebGLRenderingContext.texImage2D():

  • The format and internalformat parameters now accept gl.DEPTH_COMPONENT and gl.DEPTH_STENCIL.
  • The type parameter now accepts gl.UNSIGNED_SHORT, gl.UNSIGNED_INT, and ext.UNSIGNED_INT_24_8_WEBGL.
  • The pixels parameter now accepts an ArrayBufferView of type Uint16Array and Uint32Array.

This extension extends WebGLRenderingContext.framebufferTexture2D():

  • The target parameter now accepts gl.DEPTH_ATTACHMENT and gl.DEPTH_STENCIL_ATTACHMENT.


var ext = gl.getExtension('WEBGL_depth_texture');

gl.texImage2D(gl.TEXTURE_2D, 0, gl.DEPTH_COMPONENT, 512, 512, 0, gl.DEPTH_COMPONENT, gl.UNSIGNED_SHORT, null);


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'WEBGL_depth_texture' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari Servo
Basic Support??22.01????
Feature Android Chrome for Android Edge Mobile Firefox for Android IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic Support???????

1. This extension was prefixed with MOZ_ in prior versions.

See also

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