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GLSL Sandbox Alternatives

GLSL Sandbox is described as 'An online GSGL Shader Gallery and live development tool. You can freely add to it without an account' and is an website. There are more than 10 alternatives to GLSL Sandbox, not only websites but also apps for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Self-Hosted solutions and iPhone. The best alternative is Shadertoy, which is free. Other great sites and apps similar to GLSL Sandbox are Shader Editor, SHADERed, GSN Composer and KodeLife.

GLSL Sandbox alternatives are mainly Code Editors but may also be IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GLSL Sandbox.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Online

An online GSGL Shader Gallery and live development tool. You can freely add to it without an account.

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  1. Shadertoy icon

    Shadertoy

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Shadertoy is the first application to allow developers all over the globe to push pixels from code to screen using WebGL since 2009.

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    A shader.
  2. Shader Editor icon

    Shader Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid

    Create and edit GLSL shaders on your Android phone or tablet and use them as live wallpaper. A live-coding editor with syntax-highlighting lets you see results transparently in the background as you code and provides ample workspace to focus on your ideas.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freeShader Editor doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  3. SHADERed icon

    SHADERed

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    SHADERed is a lightweight tool for creating and testing HLSL and GLSL shaders. It is easy to use, open source and frequently updated with new features.

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  4. GSN Composer icon

    GSN Composer

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    The GSN COMPOSER is a free web-based visual programming environment for online multimedia processing. Typical areas of usage are education, research, entertainment, special effects, or arts.

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    GSN Composer User Interface
  5. KodeLife icon

    KodeLife

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    KodeLife is a fast, lightweight, live-coding IDE for shader development. It's available natively across Mac, Windows and Linux desktops and supports all flavors of OpenGL GLSL, as well as platform specific shading languages such as the Metal Shading Language and DirectX HLSL.

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  6. Shade - Pro Shader Editor icon

    Shade - Pro Shader Editor

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Shade transforms your device into a professional node-based shader editor. Build stunning, connected shader graphs that render in real time. You'll find full support for keyboard shortcuts, drag-and-drop, and documentation built right in.

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    Shdr

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Google Chrome

    Shdr is a live ESSL (GLSL) shader editor, viewer and validator powered by WebGL and built by Thibaut Despoulain (BKcore).

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  8. The Book of Shaders icon

    The Book of Shaders

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    The Book of Shaders provides a gentle, step-by-step guide through the abstract and complex universe of Fragment Shaders. Besides scores of insightful illustrations, the site includes a very intuitive live-coding editor for users to easily see changes as they code.

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  9. ShaderLab is the WebGL2 GLSL Editor for the browser. Code your shaders right in your browser with a live view to progress in the background. Then share and garner feedback through comments and check out other creators.

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  10. Synthclipse icon

    Synthclipse

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Synthclipse is a GLSL shader prototyping tool. It makes possible to fast develop all kinds of shaders: Fragment (FS), Vertex (VS), Geometry (GS), Tessellation (TS) and Compute (CS).

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