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ClanLib is a cross platform toolkit library with a primary focus on game creation. The library is Open Source and free for commercial use.

  • Very liberal zlib style license
  • Supports Windows, Linux and partially Mac OS X
  • OpenGL, Direct3D and Software Rendering
  • High-performant shader based render architecture
  • Full GUI framework customizable using CSS 2.1
  • GUI windows rendered to textures or native windows
  • High level 2D graphics with fonts, sprites, animations, collisions
  • Network library with sockets, web and game interfaces
  • Game IDE graphic interface
  • Physics for both 2D and 3D
  • Scene Manager for 3D
  • OpenCL support
  • Database supporting SQLite
  • Sound supporting wav, tracker formats and ogg-vorbis
  • Basic cross platform runtime (threading, file I/O, XML/DOM, etc.)
  • Template based signal library (type-safe callbacks)
  • Integrated resource management


Feature Yes No
sound effects and music X
input X
timers X
font rendering X
windowing X
scripting X
DirectX X
OpenGL X
networking X
math X
3d math X
file management X
threading X


  • Linux
  • Windows
  • MacOS X

Tutorials and Source

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