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GL/GLES/EGL/GLX/WGL Loader-Generator based on the official specs.

Use the webservice to generate the files you need!

#include <glad/glad.h>

int main(int argc, char **argv)
    // .. setup the context

    if(!gladLoadGL()) {
        printf("Something went wrong!\n");
    printf("OpenGL %d.%d\n", GLVersion.major, GLVersion.minor);

    // .. render here ..



If you don't want to install glad you can use the webservice

Otherwise either install glad via pip:

# Windows
pip install glad

# Linux
pip install --user glad
# Linux global (root)
pip install glad

glad --help

To install the most recent version from Github:

pip install --upgrade git+

Or launch glad directly (after cloning the repository):

python -m glad --help

Installing and building glad via vcpkg

You can download and install glad using the vcpkg dependency manager:

git clone
cd vcpkg
./vcpkg integrate install
vcpkg install glad

The glad port in vcpkg is kept up to date by Microsoft team members and community contributors. If the version is out of date, please create an issue or pull request on the vcpkg repository.

Possible commandline options:

usage: glad [-h] [--profile {core,compatibility}] --out-path OUT
                 [--api API] --generator {c,d,volt}
                 [--extensions EXTENSIONS] [--spec {gl,egl,glx,wgl}]

Uses the official Khronos-XML specs to generate a GL/GLES/EGL/GLX/WGL Loader
made for your needs. Glad currently supports the languages C, D and Volt.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --profile {core,compatibility}
                        OpenGL profile (defaults to compatibility)
  --out-path OUT        Output path for loader
  --api API             API type/version pairs, like "gl=3.2,gles=", no
                        version means latest
  --generator {c,c-debug,d,volt}
                        Language to generate the binding for
  --extensions EXTENSIONS
                        Path to extensions file or comma separated list of
                        extensions, if missing all extensions are included
  --spec {gl,egl,glx,wgl}
                        Name of the spec
  --reproducible        Makes the build reproducible by not fetching 
                        the latest specification from Khronos
  --omit-khrplatform    Omits inclusion of the khrplatform.h file which is
                        often unnecessary. Only has an effect if used
                        together with c generators.
  --local-files         Forces every file directly into the output directory.
                        No src or include subdirectories are generated. Only
                        has an effect if used together with c generators.

To generate a loader for C with two extensions, it could look like this:

python --generator=c --extensions=GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample,GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic --out-path=GL

--out-path and --generator are required! If the --extensions option is missing, glad adds support for all extensions found in the specification.

When integrating glad into your build system the --reproducible option is highly recommended, it prevents the build from failing in case Khronos made incompatible changes to the specification.



struct gladGLversionStruct {
    int major;
    int minor;

extern struct gladGLversionStruct GLVersion;

typedef void* (* GLADloadproc)(const char *name);

 * Load OpenGL using the internal loader.
 * Returns the true/1 if loading succeeded.
int gladLoadGL(void);

 * Load OpenGL using an external loader like SDL_GL_GetProcAddress.
 * Substitute GL with the API you generated
int gladLoadGLLoader(GLADloadproc);

glad.h completely replaces any gl.h or gl3.h only include glad.h.

    if(!gladLoadGL()) { exit(-1); }
    printf("OpenGL Version %d.%d loaded", GLVersion.major, GLVersion.minor);
    if(GLAD_GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample) {
        /* GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample is supported */ 
    if(GLAD_GL_VERSION_3_0) {
        /* We support at least OpenGL version 3 */

On non-Windows platforms glad requires libdl, make sure to link with it (-ldl for gcc)!

Note, there are two kinds of extension/version symbols, e.g. GL_VERSION_3_0 and GLAD_VERSION_3_0. Latter is a runtime boolean (represented as integer), whereas the first (not prefixed with GLAD_) is a compiletime-constant, indicating that this header supports this version (the official headers define these symbols as well). The runtime booleans are only valid after a succesful call to gladLoadGL or gladLoadGLLoader.

C/C++ Debug

The C-Debug generator extends the API by these two functions:

// this symbol only exists if generated with the c-debug generator
#define GLAD_DEBUG
typedef void (* GLADcallback)(const char *name, void *funcptr, int len_args, ...);

 * Sets a callback which will be called before every function call
 * to a function loaded by glad.
GLAPI void glad_set_pre_callback(GLADcallback cb);

 * Sets a callback which will be called after every function call
 * to a function loaded by glad.
GLAPI void glad_set_post_callback(GLADcallback cb);

To call a function like glGetError in a callback prefix it with glad_, e.g. the default post callback looks like this:

void _post_call_callback_default(const char *name, void *funcptr, int len_args, ...) {
    GLenum error_code;
    error_code = glad_glGetError();

    if (error_code != GL_NO_ERROR) {
        fprintf(stderr, "ERROR %d in %s\n", error_code, name);

You can also submit own implementations for every call made by overwriting the function pointer with the name of the function prefixed by glad_debug_.

E.g. you could disable the callbacks for glClear with glad_debug_glClear = glad_glClear, where glad_glClear is the function pointer loaded by glad.

The glClear macro is defined as #define glClear glad_debug_glClear, glad_debug_glClear is initialized with a default implementation, which calls the two callbacks and the real function, in this case glad_glClear.


Import for OpenGL functions/extensions, import glad.loader to import the functions needed to initialize glad and load the OpenGL functions.

    enforce(gladLoadGL()); // optionally you can pass a loader to this function
    writefln("OpenGL Version %d.%d loaded", GLVersion.major, GLVersion.minor);
    if(GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample) { 
        /* GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample is supported */ 
    if(GL_VERSION_3_0) {
        /* We support at least OpenGL version 3 */

On non-Windows platforms glad requires libdl, make sure to link with it (L-ldl for dmd)!


How do I build glad or how do I integrate glad?

Easiest way of using glad is through the webservice.

Alternatively glad integrates with:

Thanks for all the help and support maintaining those!

glad includes windows.h #42

Since 0.1.30: glad does not include windows.h anymore.

Before 0.1.30: Defining APIENTRY before including glad.h solves this problem:

#ifdef _WIN32
    #define APIENTRY __stdcall

#include <glad/glad.h>

But make sure you have the correct definition of APIENTRY for platforms which define _WIN32 but don't use __stdcall

What's the license of glad generated code?

#101 #253

The glad generated code itself is any of Public Domain, WTFPL or CC0, the source files for the generated code are under various licenses from Khronos.

Now the Apache License may apply to the generated code (not a lawyer), but see this clarifying comment.

Glad also adds header files form Khronos, these have separated licenses in their header.


Contributing is easy! Found a bug? Message me or make a pull request! Added a new generator backend? Make a pull request!

Special thanks for all the people who contributed and are going to contribute! Also to these who helped me solve a problem when I simply could not think of a solution.