wgpu VS glow

Compare wgpu vs glow and see what are their differences.


Safe and portable GPU abstraction in Rust, implementing WebGPU API. (by gfx-rs)


GL on Whatever: a set of bindings to run GL anywhere and avoid target-specific code (by grovesNL)
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wgpu glow
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6,644 779
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9.6 6.3
6 days ago 15 days ago
Rust Rust
Apache License 2.0 Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of wgpu. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-04.
  • Denox: A JavaScript runtime for gamedev written in Rust.
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 4 Feb 2023
    When I started the project, the existing deno_webgpu crate didn't expose enough to make rendering directly to windows possible. An initial version of that support was added to mainline deno_webgpu recently (see https://github.com/gfx-rs/wgpu/pull/3265), but by then, my own denog_webgpu fork had more features. Hopefully I can at least start using mainline deno_webgpu one day.
  • Is C++ still the language when entering 3D programming in 2023?
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/gamedev | 1 Feb 2023
    There's raw bindings, once upon a time people worked on a safe wrapper but figures that kind of thing needs to be opinionated to a degree that you can just as well write an engine, or go right ahead and implement WebGPU and have something that also runs on DirectX, Metal, etc. It's what bevy uses as backend for its default renderer.
  • wgpu 0.15 and naga 0.11 released!
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 25 Jan 2023
  • Vulkan Tutorial (Rust)
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 12 Jan 2023
    If you are just getting into graphics, also consider checking out wgpu https://github.com/gfx-rs/wgpu the Rust implementation of the WebGPU standard.

    Conceptually it's the same as Vulkan it's just a lot less pain in the ass to work with.

  • Contradicting error message when creating a buffer for MAP_READ and COPY_DST after upgrading to 0.14.2
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/rust_gamedev | 17 Dec 2022
    Hello everyone, wasn't sure if this is a bug or if I am missing something here but for some reason the following buffer (that worked in wgpu 0.13.1): let some_buffer = device.create_buffer(&wgpu::BufferDescriptor { label: Some("Some Label"), size: (std::mem::size_of::()) as u64, usage: wgpu::BufferUsages::STORAGE | wgpu::BufferUsages::MAP_READ | wgpu::BufferUsages::COPY_DST, mapped_at_creation: false, }); no longer works after upgrading to wgpu 0.14.2 and the error message I receive is: Caused by: In Device::create_buffer note: label = `Some Label` `MAP` usage can only be combined with the opposite `COPY`, requested MAP_READ | COPY_DST | STORAGE This doesn't make sense, since MAP_READ is the opposite of COPY_DST (right?). Also, I saw that this error message is not a new addition in 0.14.2 (in this issue, where it made sense). What am I missing?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/rust_gamedev | 17 Dec 2022
    I created an issue about this, the solution (and explanation) for the problem can be found there.
  • GPGPU Options
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 14 Dec 2022
    https://wgpu.rs seems like the way to go
  • What is the "P5.js" for Rust?
    11 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 10 Dec 2022
    If all you're looking for is low-level rendering, I'd recommend using wgpu.
    11 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 10 Dec 2022
    the "p5.js" of rust is definetelly nannou. but i wouldn't recommend it for something that is graphics heavy, nannou is great for visualizations, effects, animations and stuff, but for proper 3d rendering and stuff you should go to wgpu (which has a great walkthrough: https://sotrh.github.io/learn-wgpu/), or some opengl binding which there are many of: https://crates.io/keywords/opengl
    11 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 10 Dec 2022
    There is wgpu, which is just graphics.


Posts with mentions or reviews of glow. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-15.
  • rust game for web, gltf question
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/rust_gamedev | 15 May 2022
    You can absolutely do WebGL. glow is a good place if you want to do the webgl stuff yourself. With wgpu you can as well, though it is mostly targeted to the upcoming WebGPU standard. I have seen many crates that are capable of gltf loading, but I haven't used any yet. Hence I can't reall recommend one. But gltf capability does not really have anything to do with rust. As long as you can read a file and translate it to your engines scene/entity structure, I don't see why it shouldn't be possible to load gltf files.
  • Recreating macOS’s Drift screensaver with Rust and Wasm
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 30 Jan 2022
    Most of it is written in Rust and compiles to Wasm with WebGL/OpenGL bindings via glow. The settings panel is written in Elm and the whole project is compiled with Nix. There’s also a very basic native desktop app. I haven’t seen many examples of a complete setup like this, so hopefully this can serve as a template for anyone trying out a similar stack.
  • How to use OpenGL in Rust?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 27 Jan 2022
    If you want to target desktop, mobile and/or web: https://github.com/grovesNL/glow
  • Are there any big projects written in Rust without any use of unsafe code?
    10 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 17 Jan 2022
    A/B Street, which comprises a UI library, lots of data import pipelines, and traffic simulation. 100k LoC, the only unafe is to make system calls through glow
  • opengl bindings
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 20 Nov 2021
    https://github.com/grovesNL/glow is used by wgpu for its OpenGL ES / WebGL backend
  • Shaders and Uniforms in pure SDL2?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/rust_gamedev | 4 Jul 2021
    By the way, nowadays many projects use glow instead of glutin because of.. I think it's because glow works on wasm, in the web (as webgl).
  • Graphics Libraries?
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/rust_gamedev | 3 Jun 2021
    But then you have the only example which is more platform handling than anything else.
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/rust_gamedev | 3 Jun 2021
    But what glow actually does is highlighted on lines 66 to 123. This section is filled with gl.some_function() calls, which is the same on every platform.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing wgpu and glow you can also consider the following projects:

glium - Safe OpenGL wrapper for the Rust language.

tauri - Build smaller, faster, and more secure desktop applications with a web frontend.

vulkano - Safe and rich Rust wrapper around the Vulkan API

bevy - A refreshingly simple data-driven game engine built in Rust

rust-gpu - 🐉 Making Rust a first-class language and ecosystem for GPU shaders 🚧

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

gfx - [maintenance mode] A low-overhead Vulkan-like GPU API for Rust.

gdnative - Rust bindings for Godot 3

VkFFT - Vulkan/CUDA/HIP/OpenCL/Level Zero/Metal Fast Fourier Transform library

Rust-CUDA - Ecosystem of libraries and tools for writing and executing fast GPU code fully in Rust.

cef - Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) official mirror. A simple framework for embedding Chromium-based browsers in other applications.