Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.
August 1, 2021
This package contains the "DirectX Tool Kit", a collection of helper classes for writing Direct3D 11 C++ code for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for Windows 10, Xbox One, and Win32 desktop applications for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later.
This code is designed to build with Visual Studio 2017 (15.9), Visual Studio 2019, or clang for Windows v11 or later. It is recommended that you make use of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update SDK (19041) or later.
These components are designed to work without requiring any content from the legacy DirectX SDK. For details, see Where is the DirectX SDK?.
Public Header Files (in the DirectX C++ namespace):
Documentation is available on the GitHub wiki.
All content and source code for this package are subject to the terms of the MIT License.
For the latest version of DirectXTK, bug reports, etc. please visit the project site on GitHub.
As of the August 2021 release, MakeSpriteFont requires the .NET version 4.7.2 targeting pack to be installed to build. For VS 2017, this is an optional individual component .NET Framework 4.7.2 development tools (
Starting with the June 2020 release, this library makes use of typed enum bitmask flags per the recommendation of the C++ Standard section 18.104.22.168.3 Bitmask types. This may have breaking change impacts to client code:
You cannot pass the
0 literal as your flags value. Instead you must make use of the appropriate default enum value:
Use the enum type instead of
DWORD if building up flags values locally with bitmask operations. For example,
WIC_LOADER_FLAGS flags = WIC_LOADER_DEFAULT; if (...) flags |= WIC_LOADER_FORCE_SRGB;
The UWP projects and the VS 2019 Win10 classic desktop project include configurations for the ARM64 platform. These require VS 2017 (15.9 update) or VS 2019 to build, with the ARM64 toolset installed.
CompileShaders.cmd script must have Windows-style (CRLF) line-endings. If it is changed to Linux-style (LF) line-endings, it can fail to build all the required shaders.
For bug reports and feature requests, please use GitHub issues for this project.
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The DirectX Tool Kit is the work of Shawn Hargreaves and Chuck Walbourn, with contributions from Aaron Rodriguez Hernandez, and Dani Roman.
Thanks to Adrian Tsai for the geodesic sphere implementation.
Thanks to Garrett Serack for his help in creating the NuGet packages for DirectX Tool Kit.
Thanks to Roberto Sonnino for his help with the
CMO and DGSL rendering.
Thanks to Pete Lewis and Justin Saunders for the normal-mapped and PBR shaders implementation.