unix VS GLFW

Compare unix vs GLFW and see what are their differences.


Mirror of the Restoration of 1st Edition UNIX kernel sources from pdf document. (by qrush)


A multi-platform library for OpenGL, OpenGL ES, Vulkan, window and input (by glfw)
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unix GLFW
1 74
792 11,449
- 2.5%
0.0 0.0
over 2 years ago 2 days ago
- zlib License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of unix. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.

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Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.


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 2023-10-16.
  • Exploring Computer Graphics: Weekly Chronicle #1
    5 projects | dev.to | 16 Oct 2023
    GLFW: A library for window creation and managing user input.
  • New Vulkan Documentation Website
    10 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 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 https://www.glfw.org/ 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: https://github.com/glfw/glfw/archive/refs/tags/3.3.8.tar.gz
    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? https://github.com/glfw/glfw
  • 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.
  • CMake can't find GLEW
    2 projects | /r/learnprogramming | 20 Feb 2023
    cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.16) project(P1_PR) add_executable(P1_PR src/main.cpp ) find_package(GLFW QUIET) if(NOT GLFW_FOUND) message(STATUS "GLFW not found, fetching from GitHub...") include(FetchContent) FETCHCONTENT_DECLARE( GLFW GIT_REPOSITORY https://github.com/glfw/glfw/ GIT_TAG 3.3.8 ) FetchContent_GetProperties(GLFW) if (NOT GLFW_POPULATED) set(FETCHCONTENT_QUIET NO) FetchContent_Populate(GLFW) set(BUILD_EXAMPLES OFF CACHE BOOL "" FORCE) set(BUILD_GAMES OFF CACHE BOOL "" FORCE) add_subdirectory(${glfw_SOURCE_DIR} ${glfw_BINARY_DIR}) endif() endif() find_package(GLEW QUIET) if(NOT GLEW_FOUND) message(STATUS "GLEW not found, fetching from GitHub...") include(FetchContent) FETCHCONTENT_DECLARE( GLEW GIT_REPOSITORY https://github.com/Perlmint/glew-cmake GIT_TAG glew-cmake-2.2.0 ) FetchContent_GetProperties(GLEW) if (NOT GLEW_POPULATED) set(FETCHCONTENT_QUIET NO) FetchContent_Populate(GLEW) set(BUILD_EXAMPLES OFF CACHE BOOL "" FORCE) set(BUILD_GAMES OFF CACHE BOOL "" FORCE) add_subdirectory(${glew_SOURCE_DIR} ${glew_BINARY_DIR}) endif() endif() target_include_directories(${PROJECT_NAME} PRIVATE ${GLFW_SOURCE_DIR} PRIVATE ${GLEW_SOURCE_DIR} ) target_link_libraries(${PROJECT_NAME} glfw glew32 opengl32 gdi32 glm ) target_compile_features(${PROJECT_NAME} PRIVATE cxx_std_20)

What are some alternatives?

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

SDL - Simple Directmedia Layer

bgfx - Cross-platform, graphics API agnostic, "Bring Your Own Engine/Framework" style rendering library.

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

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

OpenSceneGraph - OpenSceneGraph git repository

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

imgui - Dear ImGui: Bloat-free Graphical User interface for C++ with minimal dependencies

SFML - Simple and Fast Multimedia Library

Open-Source Vulkan C++ API - Open-Source Vulkan C++ API

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

volk - Meta loader for Vulkan API

gl4es - GL4ES is a OpenGL 2.1/1.5 to GL ES 2.0/1.1 translation library, with support for Pandora, ODroid, OrangePI, CHIP, Raspberry PI, Android, Emscripten and AmigaOS4.