Microsoft DirectX Alternatives

    Microsoft DirectX is described as 'collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Microsoft DirectX for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone and BSD. The best alternative is OpenGL, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Microsoft DirectX are Vulkan (Free, Open Source), WebGL (Free, Open Source), SDL (Free, Open Source) and GLFW (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 22, 2021

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      OpenGL is the premier environment for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications.
      Almost everyone thinks OpenGL is a great alternative to Microsoft DirectX.
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      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.
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      Almost everyone thinks Vulkan is a great alternative to Microsoft DirectX.


    1. 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.
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      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.
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    2. 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.
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      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 sounds, etc.
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    3. CrossBrowdy is an open-source and free JavaScript framework that let developers create multimedia apps, game engines, games, emulators and so on.
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      Python bindings for OpenGL API.
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      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:
      http://offset.skew.org/wiki/User:Mjb/GDI%2B%2B

      Discontinued

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

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    4. 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).

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

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