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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)

If face is ALL_SIDES then the function works on all sides. start supports negative indexes. 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]


Index Positive Negative
First 0 -length
Last length - 1 -1


  • Positive indexes count from the beginning, the first item being indexed as 0, the last as (length - 1).
  • Negative indexes count from the far end, the first item being indexed as -length, the last as -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 across each row but will "jump" from one row 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


  • The function silently fails if its face value indicates a face that does not exist.
  • If start is out of bounds the script continues to execute without an error message.
  • You can only have one texture animation on a prim
    • Calling llSetTextureAnim more than once on a prim will reset the existing animation.
    • Calling llSetTextureAnim again with exact same values will not reset animation (a small difference in rate will suffice).
  • 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.
  • Selecting and un-selecting a prim with animation will reset animation from beginning.

Important Issues

~ All Issues ~ Search JIRA for related Bugs
   Some persistent prim properties lost when duplicated
   Texture Animation is not copied (llSetTextureAnim)
   Texture animations ignore repeats per face


This slides a texture smoothly, along the horizontal U-axis, and loops it when it gets to the end. Note - the texture's rotation for each side affects the apparent motion. So if the texture is rotated 90 degrees by use of the edit box, the texture may not flow in the direction expected.

llSetTextureAnim(ANIM_ON | SMOOTH | LOOP , ALL_SIDES, 1, 1, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0);

This slides a texture smoothly, along the horizontal U-axis, in the opposite direction

llSetTextureAnim(ANIM_ON | SMOOTH | LOOP , ALL_SIDES, 1, 1, 1.0, 1.0, -1.0);

This divides a texture into 64 "cells", 8 across, and 8 down, and flips through them, left to right, top to bottom. This is useful for cell animation.

llSetTextureAnim( ANIM_ON | LOOP, ALL_SIDES, 8, 8, 0.0, 64.0, 6.4 );

This rotates a texture counter-clockwise at 2 revolutions per second. Change the last value to -2*TWO_PI to rotate clockwise.

llSetTextureAnim(ANIM_ON | SMOOTH | ROTATE | LOOP, ALL_SIDES,1,1,0, TWO_PI, 2*TWO_PI);

This scales a texture larger and smaller.

llSetTextureAnim(ANIM_ON | SMOOTH | SCALE | PING_PONG | LOOP, ALL_SIDES, 1, 1, 1.0, 3.0, 2.0);

This turns off all texture animations

llSetTextureAnim(FALSE, ALL_SIDES, 0, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0);

This toggles a looping animation to make it stop at a specific frame.

integer textureIsBeingAnimated;
    touch_start(integer num_detected)
        if (textureIsBeingAnimated)
            llSetTextureAnim(ANIM_ON | LOOP, ALL_SIDES, 1, 5, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0);
            llSetTextureAnim(ANIM_ON | SMOOTH, ALL_SIDES, 1, 5, 5.0, 1.0, 1.0);
        // toggle back and forth between TRUE (1) and FALSE (0)
        textureIsBeingAnimated = !textureIsBeingAnimated;


Texture animation is 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 is lost when using the rezzed in world copy method of shift-drag. Originally brought up in VWR-640, it got its own issue in SVC-3925

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 August 27, 2010.)

See Also


•  llSetLinkTextureAnim


•  Negative Index

Deep Notes


All Issues

~ Search JIRA for related Issues
   llSetSyncTime() - a function for synchronising client side effects
   Some persistent prim properties lost when duplicated
   Texture Animation is not copied (llSetTextureAnim)
   Texture animations ignore repeats per face


  1. ^ Though if rate is negative and the REVERSE flag is used, they cancel each other out.
  2. ^ Early release notes were not very accurate or thorough, they sometimes included information about features added in a previous release or fail to include information about features added in that release.
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