Alternatives to Microsoft DirectX for Windows with any license

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  • OpenGL icon

    OpenGL

    OpenGL is the premier environment for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications. Since its introduction in 1992, OpenGL has become the industry's most widely used and supported 2D and 3D graphics application...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Vulkan icon

    Vulkan

    Vulkan is a new generation graphics and compute API that provides high-efficiency, cross-platform access to modern GPUs used in a wide variety of devices from PCs and consoles to mobile phones and embedded platforms.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android Chrome OS Tizen OS ... SteamOS

  • SDL icon

    SDL

    Simple DirectMedia Layer is a cross-platform multimedia library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, 3D hardware via OpenGL, and 2D video framebuffer. It is used by MPEG playback software...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Windows Mobile iPhone S60 ... BSD iPad Haiku

  • Allegro icon

    Allegro

    Allegro 4 and Allegro 5 are cross-platform, libraries mainly aimed at video game and multimedia programming. They handle common, low-level tasks such as creating windows, accepting user input, loading data, drawing images, playing...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux iPhone

  • GLFW icon

    GLFW

    GLFW is an Open Source, multi-platform library for OpenGL, OpenGL ES and Vulkan development on the desktop. It provides a simple API for creating windows, contexts and surfaces, receiving input and events.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Crystal Space icon

    Crystal Space

    Crystal Space is a mature, full-featured Software Development Kit (SDK) providing real-time 3D graphics for applications such as games and virtual reality. It is free (LGPL) and cross-platform (Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Discontinued since July 2012 : http://www.crystalspace3d.org/main/Download
  • PyOpenGL

    Python bindings for OpenGL API.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • GDI icon

    GDI

    GDI++.dll is a replacement for the Windows default font rasterizer, which gives you a better font-smoothing capability, just like Mac OS X. Note: It runs as a portable application. Check this site for more info: ...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Abandoned since 2006... : http://drwatson.nobody.jp/gdi /download-en.html
  • DirectX Happy Uninstall icon

    DirectX Happy Uninstall

    Fix DirectX, Uninstall DirectX, Rollback DirectX, Repair DirectX, Reinstall DirectX, Backup DirectX, Restore DirectX

    Commercial Windows

  • SlimDX icon

    SlimDX

    SlimDX enables developers to easily build DirectX applications using .NET technologies such as C#, VB.NET, and IronPython. It is an efficient, simple, and lean wrapper that fully encompasses all of Microsoft's gaming and...

    Open Source Windows