How to Enable WebGL Google Chrome Browser on Ubuntu 11.10

WebGL is needed to play some games or applications in Google Chrome Browsers that on directly download from Chrome Web Store. To play games or running applications that support WebGL. WebGL on Google chrome browser must be activated first, if you want to check the ability of WebGL on chrome browser please visit website chromeexpriments and choose whatever test you want.

For you who do not know what it is WebGL, the following definition WebGL:

WebGL (Web-based Graphics Library) is a software library that extends the capability of the JavaScript programming language to allow it to generate interactive 3D graphics within any compatible web browser. WebGL code executes on a computer display card’s Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), which must support shader rendering.
WebGL is a context of the canvas HTML element that provides a 3D computer graphics API without the use of plug-ins. The specification was released as version 1.0 on March 3, 2011.[1] WebGL is managed by the non-profit Khronos Group.

Source : Wikipedia

If you Google Chrome supports WebGL, the picture above will appear in your browser.

How to Enable WebGL Google Chrome Browser on Ubuntu 11.10

Google Chrome does not enable the ability WebGL on the graphics card like the Intel GMA. However, you can force it to turn on WebGL to run Google Chrome with the option “- ignore-gpu-blacklist”

google-chrome --ignore-gpu-blacklist

If you want to add the option “–ignore-gpu-blacklist” in the Google Chrome shortcut or the menu or launcher, please open the file “google-chrome.desktop” located in the directory “/usr/share/ applications” using a text editor gedit or your favorite (root privileges needed).

  • To open file “google-chrome.desktop” Press Alt+F2  then type:

gksu gedit /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop

  • Go to line 108,  change the “Exec”
/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --ignore-gpu-blacklist %U

webgl google chrome - google-chrome.desktop

Save the changes and do a WebGL test 🙂

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