A React abstraction for the LGL Raytracer

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import reactThreeLgl from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@react-three/lgl';


A React(-three-fiber) abstraction for the LGL-Raytracer.

It does its best to remove all unwanted complexity, you can build your scenes as you always would. This is mostly for photorealistic still-images that can take a while to process but will look absolutely stunning. It is side-effect free, when you unmount it goes back to the default WebGLRenderer.

Demos: [sandbox], [studio-setup]

npm install @react-three/lgl
import { Canvas } from '@react-three/fiber'
import { Raytracer } from '@react-three/lgl'

function App() {
  return (
          <sphereGeometry args={[1, 64, 64]} />
          <meshStandardMateral />


  • samples, How many frames it takes to complete a still-image, 64 by default. Set this to something higher if you want to wait for high-quality images, or Infinity if you want it to go on forever, but keep in mind that raytracing is very expensive!

Otherwise <Raytracer> takes all the LGL raytracer's options: https://lgltracer.com/docs/index.html#/api/LGLTracerRenderer


LGL ignores threejs lights, it wants to use its own. But in three-fiber you can simply extend, and now the JSX natives will refer to LGL.

import { extend } from '@react-three/fiber'
import { PointLight, RectAreaLight } from 'lgl-tracer'

extend({ PointLight, RectAreaLight })

<rectAreaLight width={2} height={2} position={[3, 3, 3]} />
<pointLight position={[-3, 3, -10]} />

If you plan to switch between renderers you can make lights opt in.

extend({ LglPointLight: PointLight, LglRectAreaLight: RectAreaLight })

<lglPointLight />
<lglRectAreaLight />

Environmental lighting

Simply drop the <Environment> component from drei into your scene, it knows how to work with that ootb, just make sure both the raytracer and the environment are under the same suspense boundary so that they are in sync.

import { Environment } from '@react-three/drei'

  <Suspense fallback={null}>
      <Scene />
    <Environment preset="city" />


Your scene has to be static, it will ignore moving parts. This will never be fast enough for runtime usage but you can get away with some camera movement by lowering your resolution (and your expectations). Do not forget to mark your controls as makeDefault so that the raycaster can react to it. Try something like this for example:

import { OrbitControls } from '@react-three/drei'

<Canvas dpr={1}>
  <OrbitControls makeDefault />


In order to obtain a screenshot the drawing-buffer has to be preserved, this is a setting in Threejs.

import { Canvas, useThree } from '@react-three/fiber'

<Canvas gl={{ preserveDrawingBuffer: true }}>
const gl = useThree(state => state.gl)
const link = document.createElement('a')
link.setAttribute('download', 'canvas.png')
link.setAttribute('href', gl.domElement.toDataURL('image/png').replace('image/png', 'image/octet-stream'))