Alternatives to OpenGL for all platforms with any license

  • 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...

    • I spent half a year studying this wretched API and was very disappointed, it is not designed to work with graphics. This API is made only for implementation in ready-made solutions on opengl to slightly increase the number of frames per second (+5 - +10) in exchange for really titanic efforts (unreadable code in> 10,000 lines). Unfortunately, Vulkan API - fail. Better try DirectX. Guest • Jun 2019 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Because Vulkan is OpenGL's successor. Guest • Feb 2018 • 0 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android Chrome OS ... Tizen OS SteamOS

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  • 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...

    Free Open Source Web

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  • Microsoft DirectX

    Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on...

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    Free Windows

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  • 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...

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  • GDI

    GDI++.dll is a replacement for the Windows default font rasterizer, which gives you a better font-smoothing capability, just like Mac OS X. Note: It runs as a...

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Metal

    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...

    Commercial Mac

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  • Mantle

    Mantle is a graphics API specification; the software component that makes it easy to apply programming techniques and optimizations written for consoles to PCs with...

    Commercial Windows Linux

  • 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...

    • Crystal Space is a software using 3D rendering/drawing APIs. OpenGL is a rendering/drawing API. Guest • Feb 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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