libgdx-cpp 0,0,0,0

A cross platform (iOS, Android, Desktop) c++ port of java's libgdx awesome framework.

3 years after

gdx++: libgdx C++ port

Dependencies (Linux/Ubuntu)

  • cmake
  • libsdl
  • libgles1-mesa-dev
  • libgles2-mesa-dev
  • libopenal-dev
  • libvorbis-dev
  • libopenal
  • libvorbisfile-dev
  • zlib1g-dev

Creating your cross-platform project (the easy way)

You can use python's gdx-wizard script to setup a project containing all dependencies, paths, symbolical links and assets pre-configurerd. A sample command to setup an iOS+Android project on Mac would be:

#call this on libgdx source folder
python gdx-wizard.py --gen-mode ios,android --root-dir ~/projects/ --project-name Test  \
--android-sdk /data/applications/android-sdk-linux_x86/ --package-name com.aevumlab.test \
--android-ndk /data/applications/android-ndk/ --ios-sdk-ver 6.0 --android-target android-10

To generate a base application for android and linux just change the gen-mode to "android,linux". You can safely call the script as many times as you want as it will try to include only the new deployments. So you can start on linux and later on add the Mac backend without problems (I hope :)

iOS Note

When using Xcode to edit your new project, ensure that the "Base SDK" configuration is correctly pointed to the iOS SDK. I haven't found a way to magically set this parameter from cmake.

Android Note

You'll still have to add the Gdx-Android backend which is located under src/backends/gdx-cpp-backend-android/android_support to your eclipse workspace and add it as a library dependency to your project.

Building GDX++ (Linux/Ubuntu)

Assuming you have the latest Android NDK on "ANDROID_NDK_HOME" and the android SDK on "ANDROID_SDK_HOME"

Optional: I'm installing the built libraries and includes under build/local for convenience as you won't need to sudo to install them.

git clone git://github.com/aevum/libgdx-cpp.git 
mkdir -p build/gcc/gdx build/android/gdx build/local

cd build/gcc/gdx

cmake ../../../libgdx-cpp -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=../../local

make install

cd ../../android/gdx

ANDROID_NDK=PATH_TO_ANDROID_NDK cmake ../../../libgdx-cpp -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=../../../libgdx-cpp/cmake/android.toolchain.cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release

make install

Using GDX++ on your own projects

On a typical CMake project that would be using GDX++, first you have find the library:

on CMakeLists.txt

set(GdxCpp_USE_BOX2D TRUE) #optional: use this to enable Box2D and his Gdx layer
find_package(GdxCpp REQUIRED TRUE)
include_directories(${GDXCPP_INCLUDE_DIR})

If the library is not on a default location (/usr, /usr/local) you can specify a flag named GDX_ROOT pointing to the installation root, or set GDX_SOURCE pointing to the library source folder. Using GDX_SOURCE will build libgdx aside with your project, so it's a simple option if you pretend to tinker with the library.

To build your application you'll have to use a custom macro that handles the way the libraries are generated on different targets:

#If you used the finder the macros required to create cross platform items are already included, so
#to generate an "executable" (this setting will be changed to a shared library on android and a bundle on iOS), add the folowing code:

set(SOURCES
a.cpp
b.cpp)

set(HEADERS
a.hpp
b.hpp)

gdx_setup_target(mytarget EXECUTABLE "${SOURCES};${HEADERS}")

#pay attention to the quotes and the semicolon while passing variables as parameters to the macro (This is a cmake limitation).

#then link the libraries:
target_link_libraries(mytarget ${GDXCPP_LIBRARIES})

#to generate a shared/static library (note that a shared library on iOS will be converted to a static one)
gdx_setup_target(mytarget STATIC "${SOURCES};${HEADERS}")
gdx_setup_target(mytarget SHARED "${SOURCES};${HEADERS}")

and when running the cmake command:

cmake -DGDX_ROOT=build/local REST_OF_CONFIG_FLAGS

or:

cmake -DGDX_SOURCE=~/sourcecode/libgdx-cpp REST_OF_CONFIG_FLAGS

Differences from libgdx

  • The texture class constructors that received a managed texture data had to be changed to use static constructors.
Texture::newFromFile()

with the same parameters that you would expect on the constructor.

  • The pixmap class was converted to an interface

Analogically, the calls to create an PixMap now are:

Pixmap::newFromFile()
Pixmap::newFromPixmap()
Pixmap::newFromRect()
  • The Pixmap class has turned into an interface. This had to be done because we can have different pixmap implementors (currently Svg and Gdx2d). The gdx_cpp::Graphics interface now have to handle the TextureData and Pixmap resolution and creation. This was made to decouple the texture class from determining how to load and create TextureData (etc1, wich is not supported in all platforms per example).

What's working

  • The linux backend has input, file and audio working
  • The android backend has input, file and audio working
  • SVG support through AntiGrainGeometry
  • iOS support
  • GLES 2

What has to be done

  • Backend polishing. Seriously, it's working, but there is room for improvement.

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