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 (Free, Open Source), WebGL (Free, Open Source), LibGDX (Free, Open Source) and Microsoft DirectX (Free).

    This page was last updated Sep 14, 2021

    1. Godot is a fully featured, open source, MIT licensed game engine. It focuses on having great tools, and a visual oriented workflow that can export to PC, Mobile and Web platforms. It is a cross-platform 2D and 3D game engine and game development IDE.
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      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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      Vulkan vs SDL opinions
      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.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      OKTAYMERCAN New generation API(New Generation OpenGL) and support many popular platform android, windows, linux etc...
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    2. 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
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      Libgdx is a Java game development framework that provides a unified API that works across all supported platforms.
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    3. 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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      Microsoft DirectX vs SDL opinions
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      not so much cross plataform
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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      Oxygine is completely free and open source (MIT license) 2D game engine, available on GitHub. It is written in C++ and runs on MacOSX, iOS, Android, Windows and Linux.
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    4. GLFW is an Open Source, multi-platform library for OpenGL, OpenGL ES and Vulkan development on the desktop. It provides a simple API for creating windows, contexts and surfaces, receiving input and events.
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      SFML (Simple and Fast Multimedia Library) is a portable and easy-to-use API for multimedia programming. It is written in C++ with bindings available for C, D, Python, Ruby, OCaml, .Net and Go. It can be thought of as an object oriented alternative to SDL.
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      Object-oriented and easier to learn and understand
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      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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    5. 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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