Khronos glTF 2.0 Becomes an ISO/IEC International Standard

This solidifies glTF’s global recognition and adoption as a 3D asset format.

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The Khronos Group announced that its glTF 2.0 specification for the efficient transmission and loading of 3D models has been released as the ISO/IEC 12113:2022 International Standard.

Khronos completed the transposition of glTF 2.0 through the ISO/IEC JTC 1 Publicly Available Specification Submission Process to solidify glTF’s global recognition and accelerate its adoption by industry and other standards. The company promises to continue to evolve glTF as a Khronos specification and regularly update ISO/IEC 12113 with glTF functionality to avoid industry fragmentation.

“In 2013, Khronos launched the glTF initiative with the goal to create a 3D asset format that was as pervasive as JPEG for images – and now glTF, like JPEG, is an International Standard,” said Neil Trevett, vice president developer ecosystems at NVIDIA and Khronos president. “ISO/IEC International Standards are recognized throughout the world, and often constitute the technical regulatory basis for public procurement of IT goods and services. Khronos is proud to be an ISO/IEC JTC 1 PAS Submitter, and intends to proactively transpose additional widely-adopted Khronos specifications to International Standards for the benefit of the industry.”

Khronos retains full control over the glTF specification and says glTF’s status as an ISO/IEC standard will not slow its evolution. Developers can use the Khronos specification that defines the latest glTF functionality and extensions, or ISO/IEC 12113 for the compatible set of glTF functionality.

“Congratulations to Khronos on the publication of ISO/IEC 12113! I’m looking forward to future collaboration between ISO/IEC JTC 1 and Khronos,” said Phil Wennblom, chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1.

glTF is a royalty-free specification for the efficient transmission and loading of 3D scenes and models. glTF minimizes the runtime processing to unpack and process 3D assets while enabling sophisticated pervasive graphics functionality. It defines an extensible, common publishing format for 3D content, tools, and services that streamlines authoring workflows and enables interoperable use of content across the industry.

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