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# What is the source code of Quaternion.LookRotation?

Is there some reference where I can see the native source code? Or similar implementation elsewhere?

**Answer** by vladibo
·
Jun 03, 2013 at 11:17 AM

This is what I was able to come out with. Seems to work. Just note that forward and up vector must be orthogonal, the function doesn't have orthogonization of up vector.

```
private static Quaternion QuaternionLookRotation(Vector3 forward, Vector3 up)
{
forward.Normalize();
Vector3 vector = Vector3.Normalize(forward);
Vector3 vector2 = Vector3.Normalize(Vector3.Cross(up, vector));
Vector3 vector3 = Vector3.Cross(vector, vector2);
var m00 = vector2.x;
var m01 = vector2.y;
var m02 = vector2.z;
var m10 = vector3.x;
var m11 = vector3.y;
var m12 = vector3.z;
var m20 = vector.x;
var m21 = vector.y;
var m22 = vector.z;
float num8 = (m00 + m11) + m22;
var quaternion = new Quaternion();
if (num8 > 0f)
{
var num = (float)Math.Sqrt(num8 + 1f);
quaternion.w = num * 0.5f;
num = 0.5f / num;
quaternion.x = (m12 - m21) * num;
quaternion.y = (m20 - m02) * num;
quaternion.z = (m01 - m10) * num;
return quaternion;
}
if ((m00 >= m11) && (m00 >= m22))
{
var num7 = (float)Math.Sqrt(((1f + m00) - m11) - m22);
var num4 = 0.5f / num7;
quaternion.x = 0.5f * num7;
quaternion.y = (m01 + m10) * num4;
quaternion.z = (m02 + m20) * num4;
quaternion.w = (m12 - m21) * num4;
return quaternion;
}
if (m11 > m22)
{
var num6 = (float)Math.Sqrt(((1f + m11) - m00) - m22);
var num3 = 0.5f / num6;
quaternion.x = (m10+ m01) * num3;
quaternion.y = 0.5f * num6;
quaternion.z = (m21 + m12) * num3;
quaternion.w = (m20 - m02) * num3;
return quaternion;
}
var num5 = (float)Math.Sqrt(((1f + m22) - m00) - m11);
var num2 = 0.5f / num5;
quaternion.x = (m20 + m02) * num2;
quaternion.y = (m21 + m12) * num2;
quaternion.z = 0.5f * num5;
quaternion.w = (m01 - m10) * num2;
return quaternion;
}
```

is this the actual implementation in unity or u have come up with this ?

We don't know the exact implementation of Unity's LookRotation method as it's defined in native code.

I have not confirmed the code here is right, but it looks like he's using pretty much the same approach mentioned here at the end.

**Answer** by Graham-Dunnett
·
Jun 02, 2013 at 08:35 PM

Dunno what the source code is exactly, but normalize the vectors, take a cross product, then you have 3 vectors that will form a rotation matrix. (So, *(0,0,1)* multiplied by `M`

gives forward, *(0,1,0)* multiplied by `M`

gives upward, and *(1,0,0)* multiplied by `M`

gives right.) Now you have a rotation matrix, so google and get:

which tells you how to get from a matrix to a quaternion.

(You can, of course, license the source code to Unity if you really need to know exactly what's happening under the hood.)

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