How to Create your own Unity WebGL export Template

How to Create your own Unity WebGL export Template

Unity 5 comes with two default templates for WebGL builds, but neither of these presents your work very elegantly. You can edit the web assets after you publish to get something nicer, but this is a hassle and is error-prone – it’s easy to forget to move files around after every build. What would be great is to set up the presentation of our WebGL build once, then have Unity automatically include it every time we build. Fortunately, we can do this using a custom template!

Unity WebGL Template Discovery

Unity Web Player had some instructions for creating templates, but they don’t work for WebGL builds! At the moment there’s no documentation for creating a Unity WebGL template, so I did some investigating to find out how to make them: Searching the Unity application files, we can find the files the default templates are based off: PlaybackEngines > WebGLSupport > BuildTools > WebGLTemplates. Fortunately using they’re in the exact structure we need to use for our projects.

Setting Up Your Template

You can either just copy the whole folder we’ve found from the application files into your assets and figure it out from there, or here are the specific steps:

  1. Create a folder in your project assets called “WebGLTemplates”
  2. Create a folder inside that one for your template “MyTemplate” or whatever.
  3. Create the index.html file for your template.
  4. Go to Edit > Project Settings > Player, On the WebGL tab > Resolution and Presentation (or Publishing Settings in older versions) and choose your new template (If it doesn’t appear, try restarting Unity).

WebGL index.html Template Fields

  • %UNITY_WEB_NAME% – Product name defined under player settings
  • %UNITY_HEIGHT% – Height from WebGL Resolution and Presentation in Player Settings
  • %UNITY_WIDTH% – Width from WebGL Resolution and Presentation in Player Settings
  • %UNITY_WEBGL_LOADER_GLUE% – The code that loads your build, this usually goes in just before the body closing tag.

Hints and Pitfalls

  • using a .php index file doesn’t seem to work yet.
  • If you create a 128×128 thumbnail.png in the folder of your template, it will show up in the Unity WebGL template selection of your player settings, just like with web player templates!
  • If you’re working off the Unity default template, the most useful file to edit is the unityProgress.js – you can smooth out the motion of the preloader, and move out some of the code to html instead.

If you’re having any trouble setting up your Unity WebGL template, send me a message and I’ll see if I can help you!

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