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    GLFW Alternatives

    GLFW is described as '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' and is an app in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to GLFW for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and iPhone. The best alternative is Godot Engine, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GLFW are WebGL, SDL, Bevy Game Engine and LibGDX.

    This page was last updated Dec 10, 2021
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    GLFW is an Open Source, multi-platform library for OpenGL, OpenGL ES and Vulkan development on the desktop. It provides a...
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    1. Godot Engine is a feature-packed, cross-platform game engine to create 2D and 3D games from a unified interface. It provides a comprehensive set of common tools, so that users can focus on making games without having to reinvent the wheel.
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      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. A refreshingly simple data-driven game engine built in Rust. Free and Open Source Forever!
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      Libgdx is a Java game development framework that provides a unified API that works across all supported platforms.
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      Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms.

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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. microStudio is a free game engine online. Create games, learn programming, play, share, prototype and jam!.
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      SFML (Simple and Fast Multimedia Library) is a portable and easy-to-use API for multimedia programming.
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    4. 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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