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Enabling WebGL in Chrome on Ubuntu

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WebGL (Web Graphics Library) is a JavaScript API used for rendering interactive 2D and 3D graphics within any compatible web browser without the need for plugins. In this article, we will guide you through the process of enabling WebGL in Chrome on Ubuntu.

Checking WebGL Status

Before we start, it’s important to check if WebGL is already enabled in your Chrome browser. You can do this by typing chrome://gpu/ in the address bar. Under “Graphics Feature Status”, you should see WebGL listed. If it says “Hardware accelerated”, then WebGL is already enabled. If not, proceed with the following steps.

You can also check the status of WebGL on webglreport.com. It should show that WebGL is enabled.

Enabling WebGL in Chrome

Step 1: Open Chrome Flags

Open your Google Chrome browser and type chrome://flags in the address bar. This will open up a page with experimental features, which you can enable or disable.

Step 2: Enable Override Software Rendering List

Press Ctrl + f and search for “Rendering list” or “Override software rendering list”. This flag allows Chrome to use GPU on systems with unsupported configurations. Click on “Enable” next to “Override software rendering list”.

Step 3: Enable Hardware Acceleration

Next, make sure hardware acceleration is enabled. Go to chrome://settings, scroll down to “Advanced” and under the “System” section, enable “Use hardware acceleration when available”. This allows Chrome to use your computer’s GPU to speed up processes and improve performance.

Step 4: Restart Chrome

After making these changes, restart Chrome to apply them. You can do this by closing and reopening the browser.

Verifying WebGL is Enabled

After restarting Chrome, you can verify if WebGL is enabled by typing chrome://gpu/ in the address bar. Under “Graphics Feature Status”, WebGL should now be listed as “Hardware accelerated”.

You can also check the status of WebGL on webglreport.com. It should show that WebGL is enabled.

Troubleshooting

If the above steps do not enable WebGL, you may need to update your video driver or try different drivers. To do this, go to “Software & Updates” and select the appropriate driver under “Additional Drivers”. After installing the new driver, restart your computer.

If you are using Chromium, you may need to activate the #ignore-gpu-blacklist flag in chrome://flags/. This flag allows Chrome to ignore the GPU blacklist.

If you have switched from proprietary Nvidia to nouveau drivers, running chromium-browser --single-process once can reset the GPU configuration and enable WebGL. The --single-process flag forces Chrome to run in a single process mode.

Remember to restart the browser after making any changes and check the status of WebGL using the provided links or chrome://gpu/.

Conclusion

Enabling WebGL in Chrome on Ubuntu is a straightforward process that can enhance your browsing experience by allowing interactive 2D and 3D graphics to render directly in your browser. By following the steps in this guide, you should be able to enable WebGL and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

How can I check if WebGL is already enabled in my Chrome browser on Ubuntu?

You can check if WebGL is enabled by typing chrome://gpu/ in the address bar of your Chrome browser. Under "Graphics Feature Status", you should see WebGL listed. If it says "Hardware accelerated", then WebGL is already enabled.

How can I verify if WebGL is enabled after making the changes in Chrome?

After restarting Chrome, you can verify if WebGL is enabled by typing chrome://gpu/ in the address bar. Under "Graphics Feature Status", WebGL should now be listed as "Hardware accelerated".

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