Pure C math library for 2D and 3D programming.
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MATHC is a simple math library for 2D and 3D programming.


  • Vectors (2D, 3D and 4D) (integer type and floating-point type)
  • Quaternions
  • Matrices (2×2, 3×3, and 4×4)
  • Easing functions

Contributions and Development

You can help with the development of MATHC testing the library, sending in-scope math functions, reporting errors and giving feedback.

I work little on the library nowadays, but I am always open to suggestions and contributions.


Starting on version 2, the development of MATHC uses calendar versioning, with a tag YYYY.MM.DD.MICRO for each stable release. If a release breaks backward compatibility, then it is mentioned in the release notes.


MATHC can be configured using these preprocessors:

  • MATHC_NO_INT: disable implementations using mint_t.
  • MATHC_USE_INT8: define mint_t as int8_t.
  • MATHC_USE_INT16: define mint_t as int16_t.
  • MATHC_USE_INT32: define mint_t as int32_t. This is the default.
  • MATHC_USE_INT64: define mint_t as int64_t.
  • MATHC_INT_TYPE: set a custom type for mint_t.
  • MATHC_NO_FLOATING_POINT: disable implementations using mfloat_t.
  • MATHC_USE_SINGLE_FLOATING_POINT: define mfloat_t as float. This is the default.
  • MATHC_USE_DOUBLE_FLOATING_POINT: define mfloat_t as double.
  • MATHC_FLOATING_POINT_TYPE: set a custom type for mfloat_t.
  • MATHC_USE_UNIONS: define anonymous unions inside structures.
  • MATHC_NO_POINTER_STRUCT_FUNCTIONS: don't define the functions that take pointer to structures.
  • MATHC_NO_STRUCT_FUNCTIONS: don't define the functions that take structures as value.
  • MATHC_NO_EASING_FUNCTIONS: don't define the easing functions.

You can define these preprocessors using the compiler's option -D or using the compiler's option -include to include a configuration header with the configuration preprocessors inside it.

Example of a configuration header that makes mint_t a int16_t, mfloat_t a GLfloat and uses the standard math functions with double floating-point precision:

#include <gl.h>

#define MATHC_USE_INT16


By default, vectors, quaternions and matrices can be declared as arrays of mint_t, arrays of mfloat_t, or structures.


By default, MATHC has functions that take as argument arrays of mint_t, arrays of mfloat_t, structures as value, or pointer to structures. Functions that take structure as value have a prefix s. Functions that take structure pointer have a prefix ps.

Easing Functions

The easing functions are an implementation of the functions presented in easings.net, useful particularly for animations.

Easing functions take a value inside the range 0.0-1.0 and usually will return a value inside that same range.


Creating a "look at" view matrix, useful for 3D programming:

mfloat_t position[VEC3_SIZE];
mfloat_t target[VEC3_SIZE];
mfloat_t up[VEC3_SIZE];
mfloat_t view[MAT4_SIZE];

	vec3(position, 0.0, 0.0, 10.0),
	vec3(target, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0),
	vec3(up, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0));

Creating a perspective projection matrix:

mfloat_t perspective[MAT4_SIZE];

mat4_perspective(perspective, to_radians(60.0), 1.0, 0.1, 100.0);

Creating a model matrix:

mfloat_t position[VEC3_SIZE];
mfloat_t scaling[VEC3_SIZE];
struct {
	mfloat_t position[MAT4_SIZE];
	mfloat_t rotation[MAT4_SIZE];
	mfloat_t scaling[MAT4_SIZE];
	mfloat_t model[MAT4_SIZE];
} matrices;

/* Position */
	vec3(position, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0));

/* Rotation */
mat4_rotation_x(matrices.rotation, to_radians(30.0));

/* Scaling */
	vec3(scaling, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0));

/* Model matrix */
mat4_multiply(matrices.model, matrices.scaling, matrices.rotation);
mat4_multiply(matrices.model, matrices.position, matrices.model);


Copyright © 2018 Felipe Ferreira da Silva

This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.

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  2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be misrepresented as being the original software.
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