Use FMOD Studio with Haxe on Windows and HTML5

audio, fmod, html5, web, windows, fmod-api, fmod-engine, fmod-scripts, fmod-studio, haxe, haxelib
haxelib install haxefmod 0.3.4-alpha


FMOD for Haxe on Windows and HTML5

Note: The API of this library will change early on

Other Note: Remember to follow the rules of FMOD's license when using this library

A library to integrate the FMOD audio engine with Haxe 4 games for Windows and HTML5 deployments

Primarily focuses on simplifying the FMOD Studio project workflow through the use of a well-documented helper library

The Windows integration was built on top of Aaron Shea's C++ integration with FMOD's official API


Download the package via Haxelib

Table of Contents


  • Sounds loaded using an FMOD bank file
  • Event parameters for dynamically altering sounds based on in-game actions
  • Live Update for mixing sounds while play testing (must be done on Windows game builds)
  • Easy referencing of FMOD Studio bank events in game code with the help of an auto-updated constants file (optional)

How to Use This Library

This library has been tested on games built with the lime and openfl cli tools, and should work on any Haxe framework that utilizes the Project.xml file for builds.

After configuring your project to work with this library, playing a song or sound effect is extremely simple:

    // This example uses the create and update calls found in HaxeFlixel games

    override public function create():Void {
        // Plays a song in your game

        // Plays a sound in your game
    override public function update(elapsed:Float):Void {
        // Update call required to process any asynchronous events

Important note: HTML5 builds require a "startup scene" to load FMOD before the game starts. See the HTML5 Builds section for more information

Download FMOD Studio and setup your project:

This will be the tool you use to manage all audio for your game. Download FMOD Studio version 2.00.08 here. Once installed, follow the FMOD Studio Project Configuration section before moving on.

Add the library your Haxe project:

Download the package via Haxelib

If required, import the library in your project. On HaxeFlixel projects, add <haxelib name="haxefmod" /> to the "Libraries" section of your Project.xml file

Use the library in code:

The FmodManager class is the primary way to interact with FMOD in your game. It abstracts away nearly all of the low-level details of the FMOD API. You can look through all of the available FmodManager function calls with descriptions here.

Songs and sound effects are triggered by passing in the full FMOD bank event path to the FmodManager.PlaySong, FmodManager.PlaySoundOneShot, and FmodManager.PlaySoundWithReference functions. To use constants to reference the events instead of strings, follow the additional setup instructions found in the fmod-scripts folder of this repo (highly recommended).

important: This library needs a constant stream of update calls to function properly. Remember to call FmodManager.Update() at the beginning of every update loop of every state in your game.

Global library settings:

Global settings for haxefmod are in a Settings.hx file found in the installation location of this library. The relative location of this file from the root of the library is haxefmod/Settings.hx. Updating this library to newer versions will likely reset all global settings to their defaults.

Settings available:

DebugMessages //Bool: Enables console output for internal FMOD API calls (can be helpful if things aren't working)

HTML5 Builds

For HTML5 builds to work, a dedicated scene must be run before the game starts to give the FMOD engine a chance to fully load. See the EZPlatformer example project (HaxeFlixel) in the example-project folder of this repo for a demonstration of how to handle this. The Main.hx file loads the startup scene, the startup scene initializes FMOD and waits for it to report back as initialized, then the game is started.

FMOD Studio Project Configuration

FMOD Studio project structure:

This structure is only required if you plan to utilize the code generation script to sync your FMOD Studio project with your game code (highly recommended)

  • Songs should be placed inside a folder titled "Music" in your FMOD Studio project
  • Sound effects should be placed inside a folder titled "SFX" in your FMOD Studio project

FMOD Studio bank builds:

This library only supports loading a single master bank for all sounds.

Set your FMOD Studio project to build banks to the correct location:

  • Create an fmod folder in your assets folder (so the path assets/fmod/ exists in your project)
  • Open up your FMOD Studio project and at the top of the window, click Edit->Preferences, then click the "Build" tab on the window that pops up.
  • Under "Built banks output directory (optional)", click browse and navigate to the new fmod folder and select it.

From now on, your and files should be built in a folder found at assets/fmod/Desktop (the Desktop folder is created by FMOD Studio).

FMOD Studio Scripts:

Checkout the fmod-scripts folder in this repo to learn how to setup FMOD Studio to generate a Haxe constants file (.hx) that can be used to reference your Music and SFX in code without using strings.

FMOD Studio Live Update:

When using Live Update in FMOD Studio, turn the auto-reconnect feature off or your game will not start. Hopefully this issue can be resolved fairly easily.

Note: The Live Update feature will only work for Windows builds. It is officially unsupported for HTML5 builds. The FMOD team said this has to do with limitations caused by running games inside a browser.

Example Project

Inside the example-project folder, you will find a simple game from the HaxeFlixel flixel-demos repo with this FMOD library added to it. It showcases the following:

  • A song with an additional layer that uses an event parameter controlled by how fast the player can collect coins.
  • A coin sound with multiple versions that are automatically randomized
  • A dynamic high-pass filter that is applied to the song when the game is paused (click off the screen to pause)

The FMOD Studio project for the example game is also included.

Play the game, explore the code, and open up the FMOD Studio project (try Live Update!). This will provide insight into the workflow, library calls, and features of this tool. Open the EZPlatofmrer folder directly with vscode to get autocomplete and function lookups as you look around the code.

To play the game, run lime test windows or lime test html5 in the EZPlatformer folder

Local Development

  1. Make sure haxefmod is not installed on your system by checking the output of haxelib list. If it is installed, you can uninstall it using haxelib remove haxefmod
  2. Clone down this repo
  3. Point your haxelib at the local repo using haxelib dev haxefmod <directory_to_the_git_clone>

This will setup the git repo as an "installed" version of haxefmod which can be imported by your projects the same way you import other libraries. You can see the special dev status when you find haxefmod in the output of haxelib list

Future Goals

  • Ability to attach callback functions to any event instance
  • Support for more banks than just the Master bank

Feature Requests and Contact

If you have any feature requests or are having issues using the library, please open an Issue here on Github