#gamedev #navmesh #bevy #navmesh-generation


A Nav-Mesh generation plugin for Bevy Engine

11 releases (7 breaking)

0.8.0 Nov 9, 2023
0.6.0 Jul 11, 2023
0.3.0 Mar 7, 2023

#155 in Game dev

Download history 149/week @ 2023-08-10 126/week @ 2023-08-17 99/week @ 2023-08-24 84/week @ 2023-08-31 140/week @ 2023-09-07 115/week @ 2023-09-14 57/week @ 2023-09-21 124/week @ 2023-09-28 101/week @ 2023-10-05 131/week @ 2023-10-12 193/week @ 2023-10-19 196/week @ 2023-10-26 143/week @ 2023-11-02 176/week @ 2023-11-09 172/week @ 2023-11-16 152/week @ 2023-11-23

686 downloads per month



Oxidized Navigation

Crates.io Crates.io

Tiled Runtime Nav-mesh generation for 3D worlds in Bevy. Based on Recast's Nav-mesh generation but in Rust.

Takes in Parry3d colliders that implement the OxidizedCollider trait from entities with the NavMeshAffector component and asynchronously generates tiles of navigation meshes based on NavMeshSettings. OxidizedCollider implementations for Bevy Rapier3D and Bevy Xpbd_3D are included under the rapier and xpbd features.


Nav-mesh generation:

  1. Choose which backend you're going to use (bevy_rapier3d, bevy_xpbd_3d, or custom parry3d based colliders) and enable the relevant crate features ("rapier" or "xpbd" features, custom parry3d colliders don't require enabling any features).
  2. If you opted for custom parry3d colliders, implement the OxidizedCollider trait for your collider component that wraps a parry3d::shape::SharedShape. This is already done for bevy_rapier3d and bevy_xpbd_3d.
  3. Add OxidizedNavigationPlugin as a plugin. (eg. for xpbd OxidizedNavigationPlugin::<Collider>::new(NavMeshSettings {...})
  4. Attach a NavMeshAffector component and a collider that implements the OxidizedCollider trait (already implemented for bevy_rapier3d and bevy_xpbd_3D) to any entity you want to affect the nav-mesh.

At this point nav-meshes will be automatically generated whenever the collider or GlobalTransform of any entity with a NavMeshAffector is changed.

Querying the nav-mesh / Pathfinding:

  1. Your system needs to take in the NavMesh resource.
  2. Get the underlying data from the nav-mesh using NavMesh::get. This data is wrapped in an RwLock.
  3. To access the data call RwLock::read. This will block until you get read acces on the lock. If a task is already writing to the lock it may take time.
  4. Call query::find_path with the NavMeshTiles returned from the RwLock.

Also see the examples for how to run pathfinding in an async task which may be preferable.


I added the OxidizedNavigationPlugin to my app and now it won't compile.

You need to use OxidizedNavigationPlugin::<Collider>::new(NavMeshSettings {...}, where Collider is either a rapier or xpbd Collider, or your own custom collider that implements the OxidizedCollider trait. This is necessary to allow us to be generic over different Collider components.

I don't want to use the Rapier3d or XPBD3d physics engines just to generate a navmesh. How do I create my own parry3d wrapper component?

You need to create a component that contains a parry3d SharedShape, then implement the OxidizedCollider trait. See the parry3d example for a basic example.

Can I use this with the builtin bevy shapes, or my own custom shapes?

Currently only parry3d colliders are supported, or crates using parry3d colliders. You'd have to write a function to convert your shapes/bevy shapes into parry3d colliders.

Why aren't my Xpbd/Parry3d colliders scaled properly?

You need to manually apply your transform's scale to the Xpbd/Parry3d collider's shape.

My physics crate updated and now my nav-meshes won't generate.

This is due to how dependencies are handled, Oxidized Navigation will only interact with the versions specified in Supported Versions. If you want to use other versions you can make cargo use a different version.

How do I draw the Nav-mesh for debugging?

Debug draw is available behind the debug_draw feature and using the OxidizedNavigationDebugDrawPlugin see usage in examples.

Supported versions

Crate Version Bevy Version Bevy Rapier 3D Version Bevy Xpbd 3D Version Parry3d Version
0.8.0 0.12 0.23 0.3 0.13
0.7.0 0.11 0.22 0.2 0.13
0.6.0 0.11 0.22 unsupported unsupported
0.5.X 0.10.X 0.21 unsupported unsupported
0.4.0 0.10.X 0.21 unsupported unsupported
0.3.0 0.10.0 0.21 unsupported unsupported
0.2.0 0.9.X 0.20 unsupported unsupported
0.1.X 0.9.X 0.19 unsupported unsupported

Using an unsupported Rapier, Xpbd, or parry3d version will cause Oxidized Navigation to fail as it tries to get wrongly versioned components. In this case you may be able to override which version Oxidized Navigation depends on.

Non-exhaustive TODO-list:

  • Allow creating nav-mesh from meshes (probably add an option to NavMeshAffector).

  • Rebuild all tiles when NavMeshSettings are changed.

  • Nav-mesh "layers" using different NavMeshSettings.

  • Pathfinding ticket system (Call to pathfinding returns a ticket that one can check later, controlling async pathfinding like this allows us to limit the amount of parallel tasks & prioritize them)

  • Remove create_nav_mesh_tile_from_poly_mesh in favor of creating data in the right format from the start.


~1M SLoC