irrlicht VS Minetest

Compare irrlicht vs Minetest and see what are their differences.


Minetest's fork of Irrlicht (by minetest)


Minetest is an open source voxel game engine with easy modding and game creation (by minetest)
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irrlicht Minetest
4 112
93 9,394
- 2.7%
0.0 9.5
2 days ago 1 day ago
C++ C++
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of irrlicht. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-13.
  • trying to deploy docker from - Keeps restarting
    3 projects | /r/Minetest | 13 Feb 2023
    git clone --depth 1 lib/irrlichtmt
  • Trying to Build 5.6.1 Minetest Bare Server
    3 projects | /r/Minetest | 25 Oct 2022
    #!/bin/bash # Minetest Installation Script cd /mnt/server && # Install installation dependencies apt update && apt -y install unzip wget build-essential libirrlicht-dev cmake libbz2-dev libjpeg-dev libxxf86vm-dev libsqlite3-dev libopenal-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libfreetype6-dev zlib1g-dev libgmp-dev libjsoncpp-dev luajit libncurses5-dev && #touch test && # Download, compile and prepare the engine wget"${MTVERSION}".zip && unzip ./ && rm ./ && cd ./minetest-"${MTVERSION}" && cmake . -DRUN_IN_PLACE=TRUE -DBUILD_CLIENT=FALSE -DBUILD_SERVER=TRUE -DENABLE_GLES=OFF -DENABLE_POSTGRESQL=OFF -DENABLE_REDIS=OFF -DENABLE_SOUND=OFF -DENABLE_LEVELDB=OFF -DENABLE_SPATIAL=OFF -DIRRLICHT_INCLUDE_DIR=./lib/irrlichtmt/include && make -j$(nproc) && make package && mv ./minetest-"${MTVERSION}"-linux.tar.gz ../ && cd .. && rm -rf ./minetest-"${MTVERSION}" && tar xfz ./minetest-"${MTVERSION}"-linux.tar.gz && rm minetest-"${MTVERSION}"-linux.tar.gz && mv ./minetest-"${MTVERSION}"-linux/* ./ && rm -rf minetest-"${MTVERSION}"-linux && touch ./minetest.conf && #Download and prepare IrrlichtMt cd ./lib && wget && tar xf ./master.tar.gz && mv ./irrlicht-master irrlichtmt && cd .. && # Download and prepare the game cd ./games && wget"${MTVERSION}".zip && unzip && #rm && mv minetest_game-"${MTVERSION}" minetest_game && cd .. && # Clean up a bit rm -rf clientmods unix doc client fonts textures && # Done! echo "Installation was successfully completed!"
  • Help building Minetest on Linux Mint
    3 projects | /r/Minetest | 1 Dec 2021
    Try running git clone --depth=1 lib/irrlichtmt inside the minetest directory (instead of just git clone --depth=1 This will clone irrlicht on the proper location (I think).
    3 projects | /r/Minetest | 1 Dec 2021
    -- *** Will build version 5.5.0-dev *** CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:104 (message): IrrlichtMt is required to build the client, but it was not found. The Minetest team has forked Irrlicht to make their own customizations. It can be found here: For example use: git clone --depth=1 lib/irrlichtmt -- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred! See also "/home/xyzhte/Documents/minetest/CMakeFiles/CMakeOutput.log".


Posts with mentions or reviews of Minetest. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-09-03.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing irrlicht and Minetest you can also consider the following projects:

Mindustry - The automation tower defense RTS

VoxelPlugin - Voxel Plugin for Unreal Engine

Teeworlds - A retro multiplayer shooter

Legend of the Green Dragon - Core functionality for Legend of the Green Dragon, a text-based RPG game.

Quizmaster - A web-app for conducting a quiz over the internet

RconCli - RCON client for executing queries on game server.

multiserver - Minetest reverse proxy supporting multiple servers and media multiplexing

A Dark Room - A Dark Room - A Minimalist Text Adventure

No-Chat-Reports - Disable Player Chat Reporting and make user messages untrackable.

Posio - A multiplayer geography game using Websockets

Cubiks-2048 - Game: Create the number 2048. Cubes with same number merge!