Loads a specific resource type from a file.
    public class ResourceFormatLoader : Reference

Godot loads resources in the editor or in exported games using ResourceFormatLoaders. They are queried automatically via the ResourceLoader singleton, or when a resource with internal dependencies is loaded. Each file type may load as a different resource type, so multiple ResourceFormatLoaders are registered in the engine.

Extending this class allows you to define your own loader. Be sure to respect the documented return types and values. You should give it a global class name with class_name for it to be registered. Like built-in ResourceFormatLoaders, it will be called automatically when loading resources of its handled type(s). You may also implement a ResourceFormatSaver.

Note: You can also extend EditorImportPlugin if the resource type you need exists but Godot is unable to load its format. Choosing one way over another depends if the format is suitable or not for the final exported game. For example, it’s better to import .png textures as .stex (StreamTexture) first, so they can be loaded with better efficiency on the graphics card.

Inheritance Chain

Constructors

    public ResourceFormatLoader()

Methods

    public virtual void GetDependencies(string path, string addTypes)

If implemented, gets the dependencies of a given resource. If addTypes is true, paths should be appended ::TypeName, where TypeName is the class name of the dependency.

Note: Custom resource types defined by scripts aren’t known by the ClassDB, so you might just return "Resource" for them.

    public virtual string[] GetRecognizedExtensions()

Gets the list of extensions for files this loader is able to read.

    public virtual string GetResourceType(string path)

Gets the class name of the resource associated with the given path. If the loader cannot handle it, it should return "".

Note: Custom resource types defined by scripts aren’t known by the ClassDB, so you might just return "Resource" for them.

    public virtual bool HandlesType(string typename)

Tells which resource class this loader can load.

Note: Custom resource types defined by scripts aren’t known by the ClassDB, so you might just handle "Resource" for them.

    public virtual object Load(string path, string originalPath)

Loads a resource when the engine finds this loader to be compatible. If the loaded resource is the result of an import, originalPath will target the source file. Returns a Resource object on success, or an [enum Error] constant in case of failure.

    public virtual int RenameDependencies(string path, string renames)

If implemented, renames dependencies within the given resource and saves it. renames is a dictionary { String => String } mapping old dependency paths to new paths.

Returns [constant OK] on success, or an [enum Error] constant in case of failure.

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