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Metal is described as '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. Building on an approachable, low-overhead architecture with precompiled GPU shaders, fine-grained resource' and is an app in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Metal for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, iPhone and Android. The best alternative is OpenGL, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Metal are Vulkan, WebGL, SDL and Microsoft DirectX.

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  1. OpenGL icon

    OpenGL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    10 alternatives to OpenGL 

    OpenGL is the premier environment for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications. Since its introduction in 1992, OpenGL has become the industry's most widely used and supported 2D and 3D graphics application programming interface (API), bringing...

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    Project64 (Nintendo 64 emulator) with the Glide64 video plugin (which uses OpenGL) playing Super Mario 64.
  2. Vulkan icon

    Vulkan

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Tizen OS
    • SteamOS
    10 alternatives to Vulkan 

    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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  3. WebGL icon

    WebGL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    15 alternatives to WebGL 

    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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  4. SDL icon

    SDL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows Mobile
    • iPhone
    • Symbian S60
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Haiku
    22 alternatives to SDL 

    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. It is used by MPEG playback software, emulators, and many popular games, including the...

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  5. Microsoft DirectX icon

    Microsoft DirectX

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    12 alternatives to Microsoft DirectX 

    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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    CrossBrowdy

    476 alternatives to CrossBrowdy 

    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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  7. Allegro icon

    Allegro

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    28 alternatives to Allegro 

    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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  8. PyOpenGL icon

    PyOpenGL

    • FreeOpen Source
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    5 alternatives to PyOpenGL 

    Python bindings for OpenGL API.

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  9. ModernGL icon

    ModernGL

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux
    3 alternatives to ModernGL 

    OpenGL is a great environment for developing portable, platform independent, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications. The API implementation in Python is cumbersome, resulting in applications with high latency.

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    1.  PortableModernGL can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  10. Crystal Space icon

    Crystal Space

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    10 alternatives to Crystal Space 

    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

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

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