The WebGLRenderingContext.getUniform() method of the WebGL API returns the value of a uniform variable at a given location.


any gl.getUniform(program, location);


A WebGLProgram containing the uniform attribute.
A WebGLUniformLocation object containing the location of the uniform attribute to get.

Return value

The returned type depends on the uniform type:

Uniform type Returned type
WebGL 1 only
boolean GLBoolean
int GLint
float GLfloat
vec2 Float32Array (with 2 elements)
ivec2 Int32Array (with 2 elements)
bvec2 Array of GLBoolean (with 2 elements)
vec3 Float32Array (with 3 elements)
ivec3 Int32Array (with 3 elements)
bvec3 Array of GLBoolean (with 3 elements)
vec4 Float32Array (with 4 elements)
ivec4 Int32Array (with 4 elements)
bvec4 Array of GLBoolean (with 4 elements)
mat2 Float32Array (with 4 elements)
mat3 Float32Array (with 9 elements)
mat4 Float32Array (with 16 elements)
sampler2D GLint
samplerCube GLint
Additionally available in WebGL 2
uint GLuint
uvec2 Uint32Array (with 2 elements)
uvec3 Uint32Array (with 3 elements)
uvec4 Uint32Array (with 4 elements)
mat2x3 Float32Array (with 6 elements)
mat2x4 Float32Array (with 8 elements)
mat3x2 Float32Array (with 6 elements)
mat3x4 Float32Array (with 12 elements)
mat4x2 Float32Array (with 8 elements)
mat4x3 Float32Array (with 12 elements)
any sampler type GLint


var loc = gl.getUniformLocation(program, 'u_foobar');
gl.getUniform(program, loc);


Specification Status Comment
WebGL 1.0
The definition of 'getUniform' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition for WebGL.
OpenGL ES 2.0
The definition of 'glGetUniform' in that specification.
Standard Man page of the (similar) OpenGL ES 2 API.
WebGL 2.0
The definition of 'getUniform' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Updated definition for WebGL.
OpenGL ES 3.0
The definition of 'glGetUniform' in that specification.
Standard Man page of the (similar) OpenGL ES 3 API.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
getUniformChrome Full support 9Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 4IE Full support 11Opera Full support 12Safari Full support 5.1WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support 25Firefox Android Full support YesOpera Android Full support 12Safari iOS Full support 8Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.5
WebGL2Chrome Full support 56Edge Full support 79Firefox Full support 51IE No support NoOpera Full support 43Safari No support NoWebView Android Full support 58Chrome Android Full support 58Firefox Android Full support 51Opera Android Full support 43Safari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 7.0


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