Alternatives to OpenGL for all platforms with any license

  • 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

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  • Microsoft DirectX icon

    Microsoft DirectX

    Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms.

    Free Windows

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  • WebGL icon

    WebGL

    WebGL is a cross-platform, royalty-free web standard for a low-level 3D graphics API based on OpenGL ES 2.0, exposed through the HTML5 Canvas element as Document Object Model interfaces. Developers familiar with OpenGL ES 2.0 will...

    Open Source Web / Cloud

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  • 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

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  • 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

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    • Discontinued Abandoned since 2006... : http://drwatson.nobody.jp/gdi /download-en.html
  • Mantle

    Mantle is a graphics API specification; the software component that makes it easy to apply programming techniques and optimizations written for consoles to PCs with Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

    Commercial Windows Linux

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  • 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

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

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