WebGPU hello world in 2024

Below is a Game of Life simulation. It uses WebGPU.

Here’s the essential JavaScript:

const canvas = document.getElementById("example-canvas");
if (!navigator.gpu) {
  throw new Error("WebGPU not supported on this browser.");
const adapter = await navigator.gpu.requestAdapter();
if (!adapter) {
  throw new Error("No appropriate GPUAdapter found.");
const device = await adapter.requestDevice();
const context = canvas.getContext("webgpu");
if (!context) {
  throw new Error("Canvas context not found");
  device: device,
  format: navigator.gpu.getPreferredCanvasFormat(),
const encoder = device.createCommandEncoder();
const pass = encoder.beginRenderPass({
  colorAttachments: [
      view: context.getCurrentTexture().createView(),
      loadOp: "clear",
      clearValue: { r: 1, g: 0, b: 1, a: 1 },
      storeOp: "store",

This is derived from this tutorial.

Tagged #programming, #webgpu.

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