Window+Input+GPU, truly cross-platform
Provides the power of Vulkan, DirectX, Metal, and modern OpenGL in a single concise graphics API and shader language - by compiling Google Chrome's WebGPU implementation natively using Zig.No more cmake/ninja/gn/apt-get/etc - just Zig, Git, and `curl`; and at the flip of a switch you can seamlessly cross-compile for Windows/Linux/macOS, with browser support (in development), and mobile support (coming in the future) - all under a single unified API.Zero-fuss installation, cross-compilation at the flip of a switch, and broad platform support is our goal.
Under the hood
We use Google Chrome’s WebGPU implementation, Dawn, but we compile it using Zig as the C/C++ compiler, and use Zig’s build system and package manager instead of cmake/gn/depot_tools/etc.
On desktop platforms, we use GLFW to create windows, set up Vulkan/Direct3D/etc. and provide an abstraction layer on top that will enable browser and mobile support in the future under the same API.
By default, we use prebuilt binaries of Dawn (the WebGPU implementation) so that you don’t have to wait for compilation, and also so that you can use a release build in your debug application for nice performance while developing your games/apps. But 100% from-source builds are always available at the flip of a switch
DAWN_FROM_SOURCE=true zig build. We use Zig’s package manager to fetch the few libraries/headers we need to build from source, so you don’t need to deal with with any external build systems or dependencies: just zig, git, and curl.
We have an example showcase with 15+ Zig examples, including:
- texturing, basic 2D and 3D examples
- PBR, post-processing & deferred rendering
- 3D model loading
- cube mapping
- GPU compute (boids flocking simulations, simple map-async)
..and much more.
To get started using Mach core in your own project, see our getting started guide.
First-class Linux support
Supporting every Linux distro and setup out there is hard - but we are providing first-class support:
- Both X11 and Wayland in the same binary (via runtime detection.)
- Native Vulkan support, with OpenGL/GLES fallbacks
- gamemode support enabled by default, for CPU governor, I/O priority, GPU performance mode & other optimizations to be enabled only if you have gamemode installed on your system.
- NixOS usage instructions
- Workarounds as best we can when your mesa drivers, experimental compositor, or broken vsync implementation might just not be working as intended.
C API / language bindings
Today mach-core can be used from Zig, but we are aiming to have a C ABI so that it can be used from other languages and run on the same target platforms (desktop/web/mobile) using one truly cross-platform API.
(optional) companion libraries
Outside of mach-core, we also provide a handful of 100% standalone standard Zig libraries for game development that pair well with Mach core. These are entirely optional (separate repositories) that you may want to check out for audio I/O, 3D model loading, etc.