ImageCubeMapTexture is a texture node that defines a cubic environment map source as a single file format that contains multiple images, one for each side.

The ImageCubeMapTexture node belongs to the CubeMapTexturing component and requires at least level 2, its default container field is texture. It is available from X3D version 3.0 or higher.


+ X3DNode
  + X3DAppearanceChildNode
    + X3DTextureNode
      + X3DEnvironmentTextureNode
        + ImageCubeMapTexture (X3DUrlObject)*

* Derived from multiple interfaces.


SFNode [in, out] metadata NULL [X3DMetadataObject]

Information about this node can be contained in a MetadataBoolean, MetadataDouble, MetadataFloat, MetadataInteger, MetadataString or MetadataSet node.


SFString [in, out] description “”

Author-provided prose that describes intended purpose of the url asset.


  • Many XML tools substitute XML character references for special characters automatically if needed within an attribute value (such as & for & ampersand character, or " for “ quotation-mark character).

SFBool [in, out] load TRUE

load=true means load immediately, load=false means defer loading or else unload a previously loaded scene.


  • Allows author to design when Inline loading occurs via user interaction, event chains or scripting.
  • Use a separate LoadSensor node to detect when loading is complete.

MFString [in, out] url [ ] [URI]

Location and filename of image. Multiple locations are more reliable, and including a Web address lets e-mail attachments work.


  • MFString arrays can have multiple values, so separate each individual string by quote marks “” “” “etc.”
  • Alternative XML encoding for quotation mark “ is " (which is an example of a character entity).
  • Can replace embedded blank(s) in url queries with %20 for each blank character.
  • X3D Scene Authoring Hints, urls


  • Strictly match directory and filename capitalization for http links! This is important for portability. Some operating systems are forgiving of capitalization mismatches, but http/https url addresses and paths in Unix-based operating systems are all case sensitive and intolerant of uppercase/lowercase mismatches.

SFTime [in, out] autoRefresh 0 [0,∞)

autoRefresh defines interval in seconds before automatic reload of current url asset is performed.


  • If preceding file loading fails or load field is false, no refresh is performed.
  • Repeated refresh attempts to reload currently loaded entry of url list. If that fails, the browser retries other entries in the url list.


  • Automatically reloading content has security considerations and needs to be considered carefully.

SFTime [in, out] autoRefreshTimeLimit 3600 [0,∞)

autoRefreshTimeLimit defines maximum duration that automatic refresh activity can occur.


  • Automatic refresh is different than query and response timeouts performed by a networking library while sequentially attempting to retrieve addressed content from a url list.


  • Automatically reloading content has security considerations and needs to be considered carefully.

SFNode [ ] textureProperties NULL [TextureProperties]

Single contained TextureProperties node that can specify additional visual attributes applied to corresponding texture images.

Supported File Formats

Any image file format supported by the web browser, but at least:

EncodingFile ExtensionMIME TypeComment
JPEG.jpeg, .jpgimage/jpeg 
KTX2.ktx2, .ktx2.gzimage/ktx2TEXTURE_CUBE_MAP, WebGL 2

PNG, JPEG and GIF can be in panorama (Spherical or Equirectangular projection, example) or skybox format (scheme, example). Panorama images must have an exact aspect ratio of 2:1 of width to height. Skybox images must have an exact aspect ratio of 4:3 of width to height.



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