Created: 2011-07-15 23:00
Updated: 2019-02-15 15:33
License: apache-2.0

Manifest format

  • assetRoot: contains the root URL under which all of the assets reside
  • bundles: an array of objects which describe groups of assets, containing:
    • name: a unique name for the group of assets
    • contents: an array containing relative pathes to each asset in the bundle
  • autoDownload: a flag that, if true, will start downloading all of the bundled assets in order as soon as GAL inits

Here is an example manifest file:

   "assetRoot": "url/to/assets",
   "bundles": [
       "name": "unique bundle name",
       "contents": [
   "autoDownload": true

Sample Usage

Initializing the loader.

var gal = new GameAssetLoader("");

// Load the GAL. If manifest indicates autoDownload, this call will
// start loading assets one by one.
gal.init(function() {
   // Called when the library is initialized

Setup callbacks to check bundle loading completion and downloaded states.

// Set a callback so that whenever bundleName is ready to use,
gal.onLoaded("bundleName", function(info) {
   // This function is called
   // Note: if the bundle is loaded already, callback fires right away
   // info.bundleName contains the bundle that was just loaded

// Set a callback whenever a bundle is being loaded
gal.onProgress("bundleName", function(progress) {
   // Calls back with progress.current and whenever more
   // of the bundle is downloaded.

// Set a callback whenever any bundle loading causes an error
gal.onError(function(error) {
   // Error contains some stuff

Explicitly download a bundle (this only makes sense if autoDownload is false)

// Tell blockName to download"blockName");

Check that a bundle is already loaded. For example, if you"re about to launch Level 5, you should ensure that Level 5 assets are loaded.

// Synchronous version of onBundleLoaded
gal.checkLoaded("bundleName", function(result) {
   // result.loaded iff successfully loaded

Get local URLs to downloaded assets.

var url = gal.get("image/baz.png");
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