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SDL Alternatives

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

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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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightGodot Engine consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ PortableGodot Engine can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Godot Engine, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ MultiplayerGodot Engine offers a game mode for more than one player.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingGodot Engine supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Vulkan

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Tizen OS
    • SteamOS

    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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    This alternative is disputed. Vulkan is still a legitimate alternative to SDL, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    SDL is mainly a 2d library, and can handle window managment (user inputs). Vulkan is a 3d api and do not deal with window managment.

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    New generation API(New Generation OpenGL) and support many popular platform android, windows, linux etc...

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  3. Bevy Game Engine icon

    Bevy Game Engine

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A refreshingly simple data-driven game engine built in Rust. Free and Open Source Forever!

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    WebGL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    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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    it's a graphics API, not a platform layer

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    microStudio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Raspberry Pi

    microStudio is a free game engine online. Create games, learn programming, play, share, prototype and jam!.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in microStudio simultaneously.
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    Microsoft DirectX

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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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    Bundleware

    Bundled with Bing Bar.

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    not so much cross plataform

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    LibGDX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Libgdx is a Java game development framework that provides a unified API that works across all supported platforms.

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    Upbge

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A extremely powerful application to make games in python as well as in visual programming.

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    CrossBrowdy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    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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    Allegro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone

    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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