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Function: llSetTextureAnim( integer mode, integer face, integer sizex, integer sizey, float start, float length, float rate );

Animate the texture on the specified face/faces by setting the texture scale and offset.

• integer mode mask of Mode flags
• integer face face number or ALL_SIDES
• integer sizex horizontal frames (ignored for ROTATE and SCALE)
• integer sizey vertical frames (ignored for ROTATE and SCALE)
• float start Start position/frame number (or radians for ROTATE)
• float length number of frames to display (or radians for ROTATE)
• float rate frames per second (must not be zero)

start supports negative indexes. If face is ALL_SIDES then the function works on all sides. Frames are numbered from left to right, top to bottom, starting at 0.
If rate is negative, it has the same effect as using the REVERSE flag.[1]


Frames are sub-rectangles within the texture. A set of frames with 2 horizontal (sizex) and 3 vertical (sizey) means the overall texture is divided into 3 rows of 2 columns of images, each of which is a frame. llSetTextureAnim will animate across these 6 starting with the top left image and going across and down, optionally repeating. If SMOOTH is set the frames slide smoothly from one to the next, if off, each frame is displayed in turn centered on the face.

Modes Description
ANIM_ON 0x01 Texture animation is on. This must be set to start the animation, cleared to stop it.
LOOP 0x02 Loop the texture animation.
REVERSE 0x04 Play animation in reverse direction.
PING_PONG 0x08 Play animation going forwards, then backwards.
SMOOTH 0x10 Slide in the X direction, instead of playing separate frames.
In both SCALE and ROTATE modes, causes smooth transitions.
ROTATE 0x20 Animate texture rotation.
Does not work with SCALE
SCALE 0x40 Animate the texture scale.
Does not work with ROTATE


  • If start is out of bounds the script continues to execute without an error message.
  • The function silently fails if its face value indicates a face that does not exist.
  • You can only have one texture animation on a prim
    • Calling llSetTextureAnim more than once on a prim will reset it.
  • You cannot combine ROTATE and SCALE flags.
  • sizex & sizey are both limited to a range of 0 to 255
  • llSetTextureAnim when on shows the texture with 1 repeat in X and Y and 0 rotation and offset.
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This slides a texture smoothly and loops it when it gets to the end.



Texture animation becomes a property of the prim (i.e., you can remove the script that started the animation, and the prim will remember the settings anyway.) Note, though, that as of Jan 2009, texture animation is still one of the prim properties that are lost when using the rezzed in world copy method of shift-drag. Jira: https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-640

An online-tool for rough and ready conversion of moving gifs to animated textures is here: http://www.peregrinesalon.com/anim/ (link valid as of Jan 2009.)

See Also


•  Negative Index

Deep Notes

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  1. ^ Though if rate is negative and the REVERSE flag is used, they cancel each other out.


function void llSetTextureAnim( integer mode, integer face, integer sizex, integer sizey, float start, float length, float rate );