The WebGLRenderingContext.bindTexture() method of the WebGL API binds a given WebGLTexture to a target (binding point).


void gl.bindTexture(target, texture);


A GLenum specifying the binding point (target). Possible values:
  • gl.TEXTURE_2D: A two-dimensional texture.
  • gl.TEXTURE_CUBE_MAP: A cube-mapped texture.
  • When using a WebGL 2 context, the following values are available additionally:
    • gl.TEXTURE_3D: A three-dimensional texture.
    • gl.TEXTURE_2D_ARRAY: A two-dimensional array texture.
A WebGLTexture object to bind.

Return value



A gl.INVALID_ENUM error is thrown if target is not gl.TEXTURE_2D, gl.TEXTURE_CUBE_MAP, gl.TEXTURE_3D, or gl.TEXTURE_2D_ARRAY.


Binding a texture

var canvas = document.getElementById('canvas');
var gl = canvas.getContext('webgl');
var texture = gl.createTexture();

gl.bindTexture(gl.TEXTURE_2D, texture);

Getting current bindings

To check the current texture binding, query the gl.TEXTURE_BINDING_2D or gl.TEXTURE_BINDING_CUBE_MAP constants.



Specification Status Comment
WebGL 1.0
The definition of 'bindTexture' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition for WebGL.
OpenGL ES 2.0
The definition of 'glBindTexture' in that specification.
Standard Man page of the (similar) OpenGL ES 2.0 API.
WebGL 2.0
The definition of 'bindTexture' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Updated definition for WebGL 2.
OpenGL ES 3.0
The definition of 'glBindTexture' in that specification.
Standard Man page of the (similar) OpenGL ES 3.0 API.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 9Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 4IE Full support 11Opera Full support 12Safari Full support 5.1WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support 25Edge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support 12Safari iOS Full support 8.1Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes
WebGL2Chrome Full support 56Edge No support NoFirefox Full support 51IE No support NoOpera Full support 43Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support 58Chrome Android Full support 58Edge Mobile No support NoFirefox Android Full support 51Opera Android Full support 43Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 7.0


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