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ShaderTool Alternatives

ShaderTool is described as 'provides a flexible and editable node-powered pipeline that allows you to write shaders without also having to have written an engine. Use the integrated code editor to directly write shader code in either HLSL (DirectX) or GLSL (OpenGL)' and is a Code Editor in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to ShaderTool for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Windows, Linux, iPhone and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Shadertoy, which is free. Other great apps like ShaderTool are Shader Editor, SHADERed, KodeLife and Shade - Pro Shader Editor.

ShaderTool alternatives are mainly Code Editors but may also be IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of ShaderTool.
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  1. Shadertoy icon

    Shadertoy

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Shadertoy is the first application to allow developers all over the globe to push pixels from code to screen using WebGL since 2009.

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    Shader Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid

    Create and edit GLSL shaders on your Android phone or tablet and use them as live wallpaper. A live-coding editor with syntax-highlighting lets you see results transparently in the background as you code and provides ample workspace to focus on your ideas.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freeShader Editor doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  3. SHADERed icon

    SHADERed

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    SHADERed is a lightweight tool for creating and testing HLSL and GLSL shaders. It is easy to use, open source and frequently updated with new features.

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  4. KodeLife icon

    KodeLife

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    KodeLife is a fast, lightweight, live-coding IDE for shader development. It's available natively across Mac, Windows and Linux desktops and supports all flavors of OpenGL GLSL, as well as platform specific shading languages such as the Metal Shading Language and DirectX HLSL.

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  5. Shade - Pro Shader Editor icon

    Shade - Pro Shader Editor

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Shade transforms your device into a professional node-based shader editor. Build stunning, connected shader graphs that render in real time. You'll find full support for keyboard shortcuts, drag-and-drop, and documentation built right in.

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    Shdr

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Google Chrome

    Shdr is a live ESSL (GLSL) shader editor, viewer and validator powered by WebGL and built by Thibaut Despoulain (BKcore).

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  7. GLSL Sandbox icon

    GLSL Sandbox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    An online GSGL Shader Gallery and live development tool. You can freely add to it without an account.

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    The Book of Shaders

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    The Book of Shaders provides a gentle, step-by-step guide through the abstract and complex universe of Fragment Shaders. Besides scores of insightful illustrations, the site includes a very intuitive live-coding editor for users to easily see changes as they code.

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  9. ShaderLab is the WebGL2 GLSL Editor for the browser. Code your shaders right in your browser with a live view to progress in the background. Then share and garner feedback through comments and check out other creators.

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  10. OpenGL Shader Designer icon

    OpenGL Shader Designer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    TyphoonLabs' OpenGL Shader Designer is an open-source shader development IDE created for writing vertex and fragment shaders in the OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL).

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