Wireframe debugger for use with cannon-es

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import cannonEsDebugger from '';



Demo Image

This is a debugger for use with cannon-es. It was adapted from the original cannon.js debugger written by Stefan Hedman @schteppe.

Note: This debugger is included in use-cannon directly.


yarn add cannon-es-debugger

Make sure you also have three and cannon-es as dependencies.

yarn add three cannon-es


Give cannon-es-debugger references to your three.js scene object and cannon-es world:

import { Scene } from 'three'
import { World } from 'cannon-es'
import CannonDebugger from 'cannon-es-debugger'

const scene = new Scene()
const world = new World()
const cannonDebugger = new CannonDebugger(scene, world, {
  // options...

// ...

function animate() {

  world.step(timeStep) // Update cannon-es physics
  cannonDebugger.update() // Update the CannonDebugger meshes
  renderer.render(scene, camera) // Render the three.js scene

New meshes with wireframe material will be generated from your physics body shapes and added into the scene. The position of the meshes will be synched with the Cannon physics body simulation on every animation frame.


import type { Scene, Color } from 'three'
import type { Body } from 'cannon-es'

type DebugOptions = {
  color?: string | number | Color
  scale?: number
  onInit?: (body: Body, mesh: Mesh, shape: Shape) => void
  onUpdate?: (body: Body, mesh: Mesh, shape: Shape) => void

export default class CannonDebugger {
  constructor(scene: Scene, world: World, options: DebugOptions): void

  update(): void

The available properties of the options object are:

  • color - a Three Color argument that sets the wireframe color, defaults to 0x00ff00

  • scale - scale factor for all the wireframe meshes, defaults to 1

  • onInit - callback function that runs once, right after a new wireframe mesh is added

  • onUpdate - callback function that runs on every subsequent animation frame

The update() method needs to be called in a requestAnimationFrame loop to keep updating the wireframe meshes after the bodies have been updated.