bgfx VS GLFW

Compare bgfx vs GLFW and see what are their differences.


Cross-platform, graphics API agnostic, "Bring Your Own Engine/Framework" style rendering library. (by bkaradzic)


A multi-platform library for OpenGL, OpenGL ES, Vulkan, window and input (by glfw)
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bgfx GLFW
71 77
14,050 11,803
- 2.1%
9.3 9.3
5 days ago 4 days ago
C++ C
BSD 2-clause "Simplified" License zlib License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of GLFW. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-12-11.
  • Technical Considerations for GUI Toolkits [Discussion]
    2 projects | /r/learnprogramming | 11 Dec 2023
    Types of tools for creating a gui (and how those tools approximately work): 1. Utilize the native _graphical interface API_, and depending on the platform, they have specific layers to interface: * Wayland, X11, for Linux * [GDI]( for windows * [Quartz](\_(graphics\_layer)) for macOS Example - GTK uses [wayland]( ([source code]( [X11]( ([source code]( GDI ([source code]( Quartz ([source code]( [How to use wayland display server]( (TODO missing "animation" section) 2. Utilize opengl _or other low level graphics api's_ with window context, use GPU to render widgets * Window context manager - [glfw](, [sdl]( * contexts and surfaces, reading input, handling events Example: ImGui, NanoVG, Nuklear, raylib Why? Mainly used for game development, but also good for gui's. _(i haven't seen any examples that uses this method that are used for developing general-use graphical user interfaces.)_
  • Exploring Computer Graphics: Weekly Chronicle #1
    5 projects | | 16 Oct 2023
    GLFW: A library for window creation and managing user input.
  • New Vulkan Documentation Website
    10 projects | | 11 Oct 2023
    Not SDL2, but GLFW has something like that under the tests/ directory:

  • LWJGL = SFML vs Allegro vs SDL vs Ogre vs ???
    2 projects | /r/opengl | 5 Jul 2023
    I'm not familiar with LWJGL, my 5 seconds on their website makes me think you might be looking for something like GLFW to handle I/O and window creation/management.
  • I have spent two whole work days trying to install GLEW
    6 projects | /r/GraphicsProgramming | 3 Jul 2023
    Consider GLFW3 for windowing and GLAD for function loading. I've used this combination myself successfully. Granted, that is "two things" you need, but OTOH it'll work well.
  • OpenGL (GLFW and GLAD) not linking with cmake
    2 projects | /r/cmake | 30 May 2023
    There is a pattern to it which is usable with every GitHub repository. For example, GLFW v3.3.8 can be fetched from:
    2 projects | /r/cmake | 30 May 2023
    What exactly would I fetch with this method? He's fetching a raylib url, but I don't really see a pattern in it I can follow when fetching glfw. I assume I can use this repository?
  • Curseforge Minecraft running on M2?
    2 projects | /r/macgaming | 1 Apr 2023
    I'm not sure how to fix it, sorry. I searched for some of the messages and found this bug: . I think overriding the LWJGL library might fix the issue, but I don't see any way to do that with the CurseForge launcher.
  • GLFW has merged proper support for client-side window decorations on Wayland!
    4 projects | /r/linux | 28 Mar 2023
  • Newbie questions about how to start
    2 projects | /r/VoxelGameDev | 21 Feb 2023
    To go multiplatform with OpenGL / Vulkan (harder for a beginner) you can use a simple window library like GLFW and Dear ImGui for UI. I use these for Avoyd, along with a few other libraries.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing bgfx and GLFW you can also consider the following projects:

SDL - Simple Directmedia Layer

DiligentEngine - A modern cross-platform low-level graphics library and rendering framework

magnum - Lightweight and modular C++11 graphics middleware for games and data visualization

Ogre 3D - scene-oriented, flexible 3D engine (C++, Python, C#, Java)

glad - Multi-Language Vulkan/GL/GLES/EGL/GLX/WGL Loader-Generator based on the official specs.

The-Forge - The Forge Cross-Platform Rendering Framework PC Windows, Steamdeck (native), Ray Tracing, macOS / iOS, Android, XBOX, PS4, PS5, Switch, Quest 2

sokol - minimal cross-platform standalone C headers

Skia - Skia is a complete 2D graphic library for drawing Text, Geometries, and Images.

raylib - A simple and easy-to-use library to enjoy videogames programming

wgpu - Cross-platform, safe, pure-rust graphics api.

urho3d - Game engine