OpenGL Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to OpenGL for Windows if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Windows alternative is Small Vulkan iconVulkan, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to OpenGL and eight of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to OpenGL are Small Microsoft DirectX iconMicrosoft DirectX (Free), Small Allegro iconAllegro (Free, Open Source), Small GDI iconGDI (Free, Open Source) and Small Bevy Game Engine iconBevy Game Engine (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Feb 15, 2021

    • 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. View 10 alternatives to Vulkan
      Most users think Vulkan is a great alternative to OpenGL.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Chrome OS
      • Tizen OS
      • SteamOS
      Vulkan vs OpenGL
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      Because Vulkan is OpenGL's successor.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    • Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft... View 12 alternatives to Microsoft DirectX

      Bundleware

      Bundled with Bing Bar.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows


    • Allegro 4 and Allegro 5 are cross-platform, libraries mainly aimed at video game and multimedia programming. View 25 alternatives to Allegro
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • iPhone
    • GDI++.dll is a replacement for the Windows default font rasterizer, which gives you a better font-smoothing capability, just like Mac OS X. View 7 alternatives to GDI

      Discontinued

      Abandoned since 2006... : http://drwatson.nobody.jp/gdi /download-en.html

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
    • A refreshingly simple data-driven game engine built in Rust. Free and Open Source Forever! View 115 alternatives to Bevy Game Engine
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux


    • Amethyst uses gfx-rs to render graphics with Vulkan or Metal. It is meant to be used for 2D and 3D, with various utilities for both types of games. View 23 alternatives to Amethyst Game Engine
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • 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 Graphics Core... View 1 alternatives to Mantle
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      • 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. View 10 alternatives to Crystal Space

      Discontinued

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

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Crystal Space vs OpenGL
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Crystal Space is a software using 3D rendering/drawing APIs. OpenGL is a rendering/drawing API.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago