is the three.js OrbitControls from official repo examples


To install with npm do

npm install three
npm install three-orbitcontrols


All credit goes to OrbitControls.js contributors. See also official OrbitControls documentation.

I have just stolen the code and modified to export it as a module so you can do something like

const THREE = require('three')
const OrbitControls = require('three-orbitcontrols')
// ES6 also works, i.e.
// import OrbitControls from 'three-orbitcontrols'

// Init THREE scene (add your code)

const camera = new THREE.PerspectiveCamera(75, width / height, 0.1, 1000)
camera.position.z = 5

const renderer = new THREE.WebGLRenderer({ canvas })

const controls = new OrbitControls(camera, renderer.domElement)
controls.enableDamping = true
controls.dampingFactor = 0.25
controls.enableZoom = false

Please note that:

  1. You call OrbitControls directly instead of THREE.OrbitControls.
  2. This package does not depend directly on three.js, which is declared as a peer dependency.

See also examples/ folder.


There is another package similar to this one: three-orbit-controls. I decided to create another package with a different approach, see this issue for the rationale.

I am using this package for my 3d tic tac toe online game.

How to update code

To update OrbitControls.js code follow instructions below.

First of all, target latest three.js release number, for instance do


which will set the download URL to something like


Now you can launch

rm OrbitControls.js* # clean up previous files
wget${THREEJS_RELEASE}/examples/js/controls/OrbitControls.js -O
echo "/* three-orbitcontrols addendum */ var THREE = require('three');" > OrbitControls.js
cat >> OrbitControls.js
echo "/* three-orbitcontrols addendum */ module.exports = exports.default = THREE.OrbitControls;" >> OrbitControls.js
rm # clean up downloaded file

Note that minor version in this package is in sync with three.js minor version, i.e. release number. Also update peerDependencies attribute in package.json with latest three.js version. There is a test that checks version numbers are in sync.

When you are done, launch

npm run deploy


License is the same as three.js, i.e. MIT.