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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, SDL, Allegro and GLFW.

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  1. OpenGL icon

    OpenGL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • Haiku

    OpenGL is the premier environment for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications.

    Project64 (Nintendo 64 emulator) with the Glide64 video plugin (which uses OpenGL) playing Super Mario 64.
    Almost everyone thinks OpenGL is a great alternative to Microsoft DirectX.
  2. Vulkan icon

    Vulkan

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Tizen OS
    • SteamOS

    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.

    Baldur's Gate 3
    Almost everyone thinks Vulkan is a great alternative to Microsoft DirectX.


  3. SDL icon

    SDL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows Mobile
    • iPhone
    • Symbian S60
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Haiku

    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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  4. Allegro icon

    Allegro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone

    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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  5. GLFW icon

    GLFW

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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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  6. Crystal Space icon

    Crystal Space

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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

    Yo Frankie!
  7. PyOpenGL icon

    PyOpenGL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Python bindings for OpenGL API.

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  8. Metal icon

    Metal

    • Mac

    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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