Getting Started with X3D

Welcome to the world of real-time, interactive, online 3D!


Extensible 3D (X3D) is a royalty-free, platform-independent, open-standard file format and run-time architecture to represent and communicate 3D scenes and objects. X3D is an ISO/IEC internationally-ratified standard that provides a system for the storage, retrieval and playback of real time graphics content embedded in applications, all within an open architecture to support a wide array of domains and user scenarios. X3D has a rich set of componentized features that can tailored for use in engineering and scientific visualization, CAD and architecture, medical visualization, training and simulation, multimedia, entertainment, education, and more. The not-for-profit Web3D Consortium develops the standards for the Durability and the Portability of interactive 3D across platforms, and Interoperability of that content between 3D applications.

You will need a couple of things to get started before viewing your first X3D environment:

(If you are ready to build and publish your own Interactive Web3D worlds, see our X3D Workflows Page!)


An HTML5 web browser (with WebGL enabled)  

Visit these pages:


and/or a full-featured X3D rendering engine installed on your machine

Install any of the following:

  1. You can now visit a variety of content pages. You are now ready to further explore the capabilities of X3D. Please follow the links below to access the more advanced information.