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Ouzel v0.40

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Ouzel is a C++ game engine mainly targeted for development of 2D games.

Supported platforms:

  • Windows 7, 8, 10
  • macOS 10.8+
  • GNU/Linux
  • iOS 8+
  • tvOS 9+
  • Android 3.0+
  • Emscripten (sample)

Supported rendering backends:

  • Direct3D 11
  • OpenGL 2, OpenGL 3 and OpenGL 4
  • OpenGL ES 2 and OpenGL ES 3
  • Metal

Supported audio backends:

  • XAudio 2
  • CoreAudio
  • OpenAL
  • OpenSL ES
  • ALSA


  • Cross-platform (Windows, macOS, iOS, tvOS, Android, Linux, and Emscripten targets supported)
  • Multi-threaded (separate threads for rendering, sound, and game)
  • 2D and 3D scene management
  • GUI helper classes and management
  • Bitmap and true-type font support
  • Multiple side-by-side viewport support
  • XInput, DirectInput, IOKit, Apple GameController, and Linux evdev gamepad support
  • Actor animation (including tweening) system
  • Particle systems
  • Resource caching system
  • Localization support via loading string translations and UTF-8 string support
  • Software audio mixer for sound effect playback
  • High DPI support on Windows, macOS, and iOS
  • Easy to install (just pull the repository and build it)

Example app

The following code will open create a scene with a sprite in the center of it:

#include "assets/Bundle.hpp"
#include "core/Engine.hpp"
#include "scene/Camera.hpp"
#include "scene/Layer.hpp"
#include "scene/Scene.hpp"
#include "scene/SpriteRenderer.hpp"

class Example: public ouzel::Application
        assets{ouzel::engine->getCache(), ouzel::engine->getFileSystem()}
        assets.loadAsset(ouzel::assets::Loader::Image, "player", "player.png");

    ouzel::scene::Scene scene;
    ouzel::scene::Layer layer;
    ouzel::scene::Camera camera;
    ouzel::scene::Actor cameraActor;
    ouzel::scene::SpriteRenderer playerSprite;
    ouzel::scene::Actor player;
    ouzel::assets::Bundle assets;

std::unique_ptr<ouzel::Application> ouzel::main(const std::vector<std::string>& args)
    return std::make_unique<Example>();


2D platformer Bearslayer is being developed using Ouzel engine.



GNU makefile, Xcode project, and Visual Studio project files are located in the "build" directory. Makefile and project files for sample project are located in the "samples" directory.

You will need to download OpenGL (e.g. Mesa), ALSA, and OpenAL drivers installed in order to build Ouzel on Linux. For x86 Linux also libx11, libxcursor, libxi, libxrandr, and libxss are required.

To build Ouzel with Emscripten, pass "PLATFORM=emscripten" to "make" command, but make sure that you have Emscripten SDK installed before doing so:

$ make PLATFORM=emscripten

You can build Android samples and run them on an Android device by executing the following commands in "samples/android" directory (Android SDK and NDK must be installed and added to PATH):

$ gradle assembleDebug
$ gradle installDebug
$ adb shell am start -n org.ouzel/org.ouzel.MainActivity

To build Ouzel on Raspberry Pi, you will have to install Raspberry Pi development library (libraspberrypi-dev) and kernel headers (raspberrypi-kernel-headers)

Because on Raspbian Stretch was renamed to and to you will have to run the following commands before building the samples on Raspbian 8 (Jessie) or older:

$ sudo ln -s /opt/vc/lib/ /opt/vc/lib/ 
$ sudo ln -s /opt/vc/lib/ /opt/vc/lib/

System requirements

  • Windows 7+ with Visual Studio 2017 or newer
  • macOS 10.10+ with Xcode 10+
  • Any reasonable new Linux distro (x86 and ARM are supported) with gcc 7+ or clang 5+

Getting help

You can ask question in the following locations:


Ouzel codebase is released to the Public Domain

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