C++ OpenGL

Open-source C++ projects categorized as OpenGL

Top 23 C++ OpenGL Projects

  • tinyrenderer

    A brief computer graphics / rendering course

  • Project mention: From scratch OpenGL and shaders with raw Xlib | news.ycombinator.com | 2024-03-30

    I don’t think that exists (I sure would like for it to), but until it does you could amuse yourself with:

    - A 500-line (non-OpenGL-compatible) 3D rasterizer: https://github.com/ssloy/tinyrenderer/wiki.

    - A “hello Wayland” app written in C without libwayland or anything else: https://gaultier.github.io/blog/wayland_from_scratch.html.

    - A “hello X11” app written in x86-64 assembly(!) without libX11, libxcb, or anything else: https://gaultier.github.io/blog/x11_x64.html.

  • filament

    Filament is a real-time physically based rendering engine for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, macOS, and WebGL2

  • Project mention: Filament – A Language for Fearless Hardware Design | news.ycombinator.com | 2024-03-04

    Also: Filament is a real-time physically-based renderer written in C++. It is mobile-first, but also multi-platform.


  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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  • 3d-game-shaders-for-beginners

    🎮 A step-by-step guide to implementing SSAO, depth of field, lighting, normal mapping, and more for your 3D game.

  • Project mention: The Book of Shaders | news.ycombinator.com | 2024-01-09

    This is a great series if you’re looking for a tutorial. https://lettier.github.io/3d-game-shaders-for-beginners/inde...

  • bgfx

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

  • Project mention: WebKit Switching to Skia for 2D Graphics Rendering | news.ycombinator.com | 2024-02-20
  • OpenRCT2

    An open source re-implementation of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 🎢

  • Project mention: Lessons from Open-Source Game Projects | dev.to | 2024-04-10

    OpenRCT2 - Roller Coster Tycoon 2 clone. C++, SDL2, OpenGL

  • Open3D

    Open3D: A Modern Library for 3D Data Processing

  • Project mention: Does anyone else agree that the links to the latest development version of Open3D don't work? | /r/cscareerquestions | 2023-07-10

    I was going to file a bug about another issue, but I have to download the development version. This is why I want this solved quickly. None of the links seem to work: https://github.com/isl-org/Open3D/issues/6259

  • OpenFrameworks

    openFrameworks is a community-developed cross platform toolkit for creative coding in C++.

  • Project mention: Resolume | news.ycombinator.com | 2024-03-14

    Not exactly VJ, but could be used for it. https://openframeworks.cc

  • WorkOS

    The modern identity platform for B2B SaaS. The APIs are flexible and easy-to-use, supporting authentication, user identity, and complex enterprise features like SSO and SCIM provisioning.

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  • SFML

    Simple and Fast Multimedia Library

  • Project mention: Ask HN: How to create a simple 2D game in C? | news.ycombinator.com | 2024-01-27

    Take a look at SFML. Very easy to get started, and quite capable.


  • GLM

    OpenGL Mathematics (GLM)

  • Project mention: Release of GLM 1.0.0 | news.ycombinator.com | 2024-01-24
  • renderdoc

    RenderDoc is a stand-alone graphics debugging tool.

  • Project mention: Building the DirectX shader compiler better than Microsoft? | news.ycombinator.com | 2024-02-10
  • olive

    Free open-source non-linear video editor

  • Project mention: Olive keeps crashing when trying to make a proxy? | /r/olive | 2023-07-10

    We need more detail. What OS you are using what olive version (exactly up to commit number). You should make an issue heere: https://github.com/olive-editor/olive/issues

  • openscad

    OpenSCAD - The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller

  • Project mention: Show HN: Atopile – Design circuit boards with code | news.ycombinator.com | 2024-02-05
  • endless-sky

    Space exploration, trading, and combat game.

  • Project mention: Risking my life for an entire solar system of lentils | /r/Frugal_Jerk | 2023-12-11
  • magnum

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

  • Panda3D

    Powerful, mature open-source cross-platform game engine for Python and C++, developed by Disney and CMU

  • Project mention: Not only Unity... | /r/opensourcegames | 2023-11-11

    Panda3D (MIT/C++) https://github.com/panda3d/panda3d

  • SHADERed

    Lightweight, cross-platform & full-featured shader IDE

  • Project mention: Confused in terms of where to start with framework/technology etc. Need help picking between learning ShaderToy v/s OpenGL v/s WebGL | /r/GraphicsProgramming | 2023-06-20

    If you specifically want to learn shader programming then https://shadered.org/ is a lot more practical than Shadertoy.

  • reshade

    A generic post-processing injector for games and video software.

  • Project mention: Jagged edges on everything, regardless of AA settings | /r/EliteDangerous | 2023-12-11

    If you are interested in making it look even better, then installing ReShade and adding FSAA there also makes a huge improvement over the best settings in game.

  • Ogre 3D

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

  • Project mention: Not only Unity... | /r/opensourcegames | 2023-11-11

    OGRE (MIT/C++) https://github.com/OGRECave/ogre

  • Spring RTS game engine

    A powerful free cross-platform RTS game engine. - Report issues at https://springrts.com/mantis/ (by spring)

  • Project mention: Zero-k: A libre sci-fi RTS game, with an economy based on metal and energy | news.ycombinator.com | 2023-11-19

    Seems the support would be a realistic feature, though, because it's based on https://springrts.com/ that does support MacOS X.

  • OpenSceneGraph

    OpenSceneGraph git repository

  • xray-16

    Improved version of the X-Ray Engine, the game engine used in the world-famous S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series by GSC Game World. Join OpenXRay! ;)

  • Project mention: Not only Unity... | /r/opensourcegames | 2023-11-11
  • apitrace

    Tools for tracing OpenGL, Direct3D, and other graphics APIs

  • Project mention: Apitrace – trace and replay OpenGL, Direct3D, and DirectDraw APIs calls | news.ycombinator.com | 2023-12-04
  • supertux

    SuperTux source code

  • Project mention: Lessons from Open-Source Game Projects | dev.to | 2024-04-10

    SuperTux - Platformer inspired by Mario Brothers. C++, SDL2

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NOTE: The open source projects on this list are ordered by number of github stars. The number of mentions indicates repo mentiontions in the last 12 Months or since we started tracking (Dec 2020). The latest post mention was on 2024-04-10.

C++ OpenGL related posts


What are some of the best open-source OpenGL projects in C++? This list will help you:

Project Stars
1 tinyrenderer 19,305
2 filament 17,052
3 3d-game-shaders-for-beginners 16,993
4 bgfx 14,292
5 OpenRCT2 12,889
6 Open3D 10,436
7 OpenFrameworks 9,775
8 SFML 9,578
9 GLM 8,653
10 renderdoc 8,383
11 olive 7,800
12 openscad 6,413
13 endless-sky 5,344
14 magnum 4,649
15 Panda3D 4,260
16 SHADERed 4,177
17 reshade 3,774
18 Ogre 3D 3,714
19 Spring RTS game engine 3,457
20 OpenSceneGraph 3,073
21 xray-16 2,831
22 apitrace 2,526
23 supertux 2,442

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