Directxtkmodelviewer Save

A SDKMESH/CMO model viewer using DirectX Tool Kit for DirectX 11

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Model Viewer for DirectX Tool Kit for DirectX 11

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June 4, 2024

The DirectX Tool Kit Model Viewer is an interactive test application for validating .SDKMESH, .VBO, and .CMO files rendered using the DirectX Tool Kit.

This code is designed to build with Visual Studio VS 2019 (16.11) or later.


All content and source code for this package are subject to the terms of the MIT License.

For the latest version of the Model Viewer for DirectX Tool Kit, bug reports and feature requests, please visit the project site on GitHub.

Build Instructions

Run VS 2019

Open Project/Solution... DirectXTKModelViewer_Desktop_2019.sln

Ensure DirectXTKModelViewer_Desktop_2019 is the "StartUp Project"

Build and Run (F5)


If a Xbox 360 or Xbox One gamepad controller is plugged into the PC it can be used to control the viewer (see below for details). If you press the "View" button, an Open File Dialog is used to select the model (.SDKMESH, .CMO, or .VBO) to load.

If no controller is plugged in, you can use keyboard & mouse controls. If you press the "O" key, an Open File Dialog is used to select the model (.SDKMESH, .CMO, or .VBO) to load.


  • Press and hold LEFT mouse button to rotate view (SHIFT+LEFT button rotates object instead)

  • Press and hold RIGHT mouse button to translate view in XY (SHIFT+RIGHT translates in Z)

  • Scroll wheel controls zoom (i.e. distance between camera and focus point)


W/S and PageUp/PageDown translates in Z
A/D and Left/Right translates in X
Up/Down translates in Y
Q/E rotate left/right

B toggles culling mode
C cycles background color
G toggles the grid display
H toggles HUD display
J toggles the cross display
R toggles wireframe
L toggles lighting vs. unlit (BasicEffect only)
T cycles tone-mapping operator
N cycles bone rendering mode (World vs. Rigid/Skinnned)

[/] scales the FOV
+/- scales the grid size

O loads model

Enter/Backspace cycles Image-Based Lighting for PBR models

Home key resets camera to default position

End key resets model to default rotation


A - Change modes Orbit vs. FPS
B - Toggles wireframe/culling/lighting mode
X - Cycles grid, viewpoint cross, and HUD display
Y - Cycle background color
Menu - Cycle tone-mapping operator

    U - Translate Up
    D - Translate Down
    R - Translate Right
    L - Translate Left

Right Trigger - Increment FOV
Left Trigger - Decrement FOV

Right Bumper - Increment translate sensitivity
Left Bumper - Decrement translate sensitivity

Left Thumbstick button - Frame scene extents

    Right Thumbstick
          R - Orbit Right
          L - Orbit Left
          U - Orbit Up
          D - Orbit Down
          Click - Reset View to Default

    Left Thumbstick
          R - Rotate (Roll) Right
          L - Rotate (Roll) Left
          U - Move towards view point
          D - Move away from view point
          Click - cycles bone rendering mode

    Right Thumbstick
          R - Rotate Right
          L - Rotate Left
          U - Rotate Up
          D - Rotate Down

    Left Thumbstick
          R - Translate Right
          L - Translate Left
          U - Translate Forward
          D - Translate Back
          Click - cycles bone rendering mode


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Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact [email protected] with any additional questions or comments.


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