Learn by example to get quickly up to speed.
The examples assume that you have at least basic knowledge about graphics (what are homogeneous coordinates, what is mesh, vertex, texture...), how GPU APIs work (what are buffers, what is depth test for...) and basics of GLSL (attributes, uniforms, vertex/fragment shaders...). Deep knowledge of OpenGL / Vulkan APIs themselves is not required, as Magnum wraps most of the functionality in its own classes.
Full source code for all examples is available in the GitHub repository, see Downloading and building examples for more information. The ports branch contains additional patches for mobile and web platform support that aren't present in
master in order to keep the example code as simple as possible.
The following examples explain the basic principles and have fully documented tutorials:
Basic rendering with builtin shaders.
Importing mesh data, 3D transformations and input handling.
Importing image data, texturing and custom shaders.
Scene graph, resource management and model importing.
Shows how to use Magnum with custom platform integration APIs.
Shows how to use custom renderers with Magnum.
The following consist of documented source code only:
Basic real-time area lights.
Shows how to play spatialized audio with Magnum.
2D fluid simulation using the APIC method.
SPH fluid simulation with a dynamic boundary.
Intuitive camera control with smooth navigation.
Advanced depth-aware mouse interaction for navigating a scene.
Usage of multiple framebuffer attachments to implement object picking.
Accumulates multiple frames together to create a motion blur effect.
Demonstrates usage of cube map textures and texture blending.
Showcases the Parallel Split / Cascade shadow mapping technique.
Showcase of Magnum distance-field text rendering.
Directly using Vulkan with hand-written SPIR-V to produce a triangle offscreen.
Basic WebVR application.
Basic WebXR application.
There are also examples for the Corrade library itself.
While Magnum itself and its documentation is licensed under the MIT/Expat license, all example code is put into public domain (or UNLICENSE) to free you from any legal obstacles when reusing the code in your apps:
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