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glbind includes a full implementation of the OpenGL headers (auto-generated from the OpenGL spec) so there's no need for the offical headers or SDK. Unlike the official headers, the platform-specific sections are all contained within the same file.


glbind is a single file library with no dependencies. There's no need to link to any libraries, nor do you need to include any other headers. Everything you need is included in glbind.h.

#include "glbind.h"

int main()
    GLenum result = glbInit(NULL, NULL);
    if (result != GL_NO_ERROR) {
        printf("Failed to initialize glbind.");
        return -1;
    glClearColor(0, 0, 0, 0);


    return 0;

The example above binds everything to global scope and uses default settings for the internal rendering context. You can also initialize glbind like the code below.

GLBapi gl;
GLBconfig config = glbConfigInit();
config.singleBuffered = GL_TRUE;    /* Don't use double-buffering on the internal rendering context. */
GLenum result = glbInit(&gl, &config);
if (result != GL_NO_ERROR) {
    ... error initializing glbind ...

#if defined(GLBIND_WGL)
HGLRC hRC = glbGetRC();
... do something with hRC ...

#if defined(GLBIND_GLX)
GLXContext rc = glbGetRC();
... do something with rc ...

/* Draw something using local function pointers in the "gl" object instead of global scope. */
gl.glClearColor(0, 0, 0, 0);

Since OpenGL requires a rendering context in order to retrieve function pointers, it makes sense to give the client access to it so they can avoid wasting time and memory creating their own rendering context unnecessarily. Therefore, glbind allows you to configure the internal rendering context and retrieve a handle to it so the application can make use of it.

You can also initialize a GLBapi object against the current context (previously set with wglMakeCurrent or glXMakeCurrent) using glbInitContextAPI() or glbInitCurrentContextAPI(). Note, however, that before calling these functions you must have previously called glbInit(). These also do not automatically bind anything to global scope.

You can explicitly bind the function pointers in a GLBapi object to global scope by using glbBindAPI().


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