# Cubemap tiles

Reduce the initial loading time and used bandwidth by slicing big cubemap panoramas into many small tiles.

This adapter is available in the core photo-sphere-viewer package in dist/adapters/cubemap-tiles.js. It requires dist/adapters/cubemap.js to be loaded too.

const viewer = new PhotoSphereViewer.Viewer({
  adapter: PhotoSphereViewer.CubemapTilesAdapter,
  panorama: {
    faceSize: 6000,
    nbTiles: 8,
    baseUrl: {
      left  : 'left_low.jpg',
      front : 'front_low.jpg',
      right : 'right_low.jpg',
      back  : 'back_low.jpg',
      top   : 'top_low.jpg',
      bottom: 'bottom_low.jpg',
    tileUrl: (face, col, row) => {
      return `${face}_${col}_${row}.jpg`;

# Example

# Configuration

# flipTopBottom

  • type: boolean
  • default: false

Set to true if the top and bottom faces are not correctly oriented.

# baseBlur

  • type: boolean
  • default: true

Applies a 1px blur to the base image (option baseUrl).

# showErrorTile

  • type: boolean
  • default: true

Shows a warning sign on tiles that cannot be loaded.

# Panorama options

When using this adapter the panorama option and the setPanorama() method accept an object to configure the tiles.

# faceSize (required)

  • type: number

Size in pixel of a face of the cube.

# nbTiles (required)

  • type: number

Number of columns and rows on a face. Each tile must be square. Must be power of two (2, 4, 8, 16) and the maximum value is 16.

# tileUrl (required)

  • type: function: (face, col, row) => string

Function used to build the URL of a tile. face will be one of 'left'|'front'|'right'|'back'|'top'|'bottom'.

  • type: string[] | Record<string, string>

URL of a low resolution complete panorama image to display while the tiles are loading. It accepts the same format as the standard cubemap adapter.

# Preparing the panorama

The tiles can be easily generated using ImageMagick (opens new window) tool.

Let's say you have a cubemap where each face is 6.000x6.000 pixels and you want to split them into 8x8 tiles, use the following command for each face:

magick.exe front.jpg \
  -crop 750x750 \
  -set filename:tile "%[fx:page.x/750]_%[fx:page.y/750]" \
  -set filename:orig %t \

You can also use this online tool (opens new window).


It is recommanded to not exceed tiles with a size of 1024x1024 pixels, thus limiting the maximum panorama size to 16.384x16.384 pixels by face (1.6 Gigapixels in total).