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Small and efficient A* pathfinding addon for openFrameworks, supporting variable terrain costs.
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ofxPathfinder is an addon for openFrameworks

ofxPathfinder implements the A* pathfinding algorithm very efficiently using STL.


First, set up the world with an image using setup(). Black pixels are boundaries/walls, and darker pixels are slower than brighter pixels. If you don't have variable terrain cost, just use black and white.

After setting up the world you can make multiple calls to find() with starting and ending x, y coordinates. find() will return when it's done looking for a path, and the result will be stored in the path variable, an ofPolyline object.

Technical Notes

This implementation is optimized for a single world with multiple pathfinding lookups, with some consideration for the case where a world is regularly changing. This code could easily be optimized for a very large, sparse world or one that is constantly changing, by moving the setPosition()/setCost() calls to immediately after the first getTile() inside consider(). This means the positions and costs of the tiles would be computed as necessary rather than assigned during the first setup().


This code is open source, under the MIT license.


Based on ideas from this wonderful A* tutorial. The efficiency of the implementation is heavily dependent on the fact that the STL set is always sorted. For other openFrameworks addons dealing with pathfinding, see ofxPathfinding and ofxAStar.

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