Graphics Library of Views
C++ C
Switch branches/tags
Nothing to show
Clone or download
Pull request Compare This branch is 135 commits behind AlloSphere-Research-Group:master.
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Failed to load latest commit information.

GLV (Graphics Library of Views)

GUI Building Toolkit

  1. About ======================================== GLV (Graphics Library of Views) is a GUI building toolkit written in C++ for Linux, OSX, and Win32. GLV is specially designed for creating interfaces to real-time, multimedia applications using hardware accelerated graphics. GLV has no dependencies on other libraries other than OpenGL which is provided by all modern operating systems. Although windowing is technically not a part of GLV, it does provide an abstraction layer for creating bindings to a particular windowing system for creating an OpenGL context and getting mouse and keyboard input. A binding to GLUT is currently provided.

  2. Compilation Instructions ========================================

The source code can either be built into a library or directly compiled from source into an application. In the following instructions, the base directory is where this README file is located.

2.1 Building a Library

Make (Linux, OS X)

First, ensure that the correct build options are set. These can be set directly in Makefile.config or passed in as options to Make as OPTION=value. Once Make has been configured properly, run


to build the library.

There are several other targets within Makefile. These are:

make all		- builds library and tests
make clean		- removes binaries from build folder
make test		- builds the unit tests and other empirical testing code
make test/x.cpp		- builds and runs source file 'x'
make example/x.cpp	- builds and runs source file 'x'

Binaries are located in the directory ./build.

Xcode (OS X)

  1. Open osx/GLV.xcodeproj
  2. Select 'ALL' as the active target and build.

A static library and framework will be in project build folder.

MS Visual Studio (Windows)

There is no Visual Studio project included, but it is simple to set one up by creating your own by selecting "Console Application" and then choosing "empty project." You'll then need to add the GLV source files and OpenGL and GLEW (and if using Window, GLUT) dependencies.

Obtain GLEW from

To use the shared library version of GLEW, you need to copy the headers and libraries into their destination directories. On Windows this typically boils down to copying:

bin/glew32.dll to %SystemRoot%/system32 lib/glew32.lib to {VC Root}/Lib include/GL/glew.h to {VC Root}/Include/GL include/GL/wglew.h to {VC Root}/Include/GL

Obtain GLUT from

  1. Put the file "glut32.dll" in "C:\WINDOWS\system32"
  2. Put the file "glut.h" into

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\Include\GL

  1. Put the file "glut32.lib" into C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\lib

Configure the linker using this

Project -> Configuration Properties -> Linker -> Input add opengl32.lib; glut32.lib; glu32.lib; in "additional dependencies"

2.2 Compiling Direct From Source

GLV can easily be compiled directly from source into an existing project.

Make sure to pass in the following flags to the compiler:

-finline-functions (or -O3)

2.3 Dependencies

GLV requires only OpenGL, GLU, and GLEW (Linux only). There are no other dependencies, unless a window binding is used, such as GLUT.

  1. File Organization ========================================

    GLV/ GLV headers src/ GLV source

    example/ example source demonstrating various features of GLV test/ unit and visual testing source

    doc/ documentation of GLV source, design, etc.