Microsoft DirectX Alternatives for Mac

    Microsoft DirectX is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is OpenGL, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Microsoft DirectX and eight of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Microsoft DirectX are Vulkan (Free, Open Source), SDL (Free, Open Source), GLFW (Free, Open Source) and Allegro (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 28, 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.


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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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    1. 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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      Python bindings for OpenGL API.
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    2. 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).

      Discontinued

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

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      Metal provides near-direct access to the graphics processing unit (GPU), enabling you to maximize the graphics and compute potential of your apps on iOS, macOS, and tvOS.
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