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cocos2d-x is a multi-platform framework for building 2d games, interactive books, demos and other graphical applications. It is based on cocos2d-iphone, but instead of using Objective-C, it uses C++. It works on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, OS X, Windows and Linux.

cocos2d-x is:

  • Fast
  • Free
  • Easy to use
  • Community Supported

Git user attention

  1. After cloning the repo, please execute to download and install some dependences.

      $ cd cocos2d-x
      $ python
  2. Please execute once you synchronize with this repo. If there aren't any updates, it will not download dependences again.

How to start a new game

  1. Download the code from cocos2d download site
  2. Run
  3. Run the cocos script


$ cd cocos2d-x
$ ./
$ cocos new MyGame -p com.your_company.mygame -l cpp -d NEW_PROJECTS_DIR

Build and run new project for android

$ cocos run -p android -j 4

Build and run new project for iOS

$ cocos run -p ios

Build and run new project for OSX

$ cocos run -p mac

Build and run new project for linux

if you never run cocos2d-x on linux, you need to install all dependences by the script in cocos2d/build/

$ cd cocos2d-x/build
$ ./


$ cocos run -p linux


$ bin/MyGame

Build and run new project for win32

$ cocos run -p win32

Main features

  • Scene management (workflow)
  • Transitions between scenes
  • Sprites and Sprite Sheets
  • Effects: Lens, Ripple, Waves, Liquid, etc.
  • Actions (behaviours):
    • Trasformation Actions: Move, Rotate, Scale, Fade, Tint, etc.
    • Composable actions: Sequence, Spawn, Repeat, Reverse
    • Ease Actions: Exp, Sin, Cubic, Elastic, etc.
    • Misc actions: CallFunc, OrbitCamera, Follow, Tween
  • Basic menus and buttons
  • Integrated with physics engines: Box2d and Chipmunk
  • Particle system
  • Skeleton Animations: Spine and Armature support
  • Fonts:
    • Fast font rendering using Fixed and Variable width fonts
    • Support for .ttf fonts
  • Tile Map support: Orthogonal, Isometric and Hexagonal
  • Parallax scrolling
  • Motion Streak
  • Render To Texture
  • Touch/Accelerometer on mobile devices
  • Touch/Mouse/Keyboard on desktop
  • Sound Engine support (CocosDenshion library) based on OpenAL
  • Integrated Slow motion/Fast forward
  • Fast and compressed textures: PVR compressed and uncompressed textures, ETC1 compressed textures, and more
  • Resolution Independence
  • Language: C++, with Lua and JavaScript bindings
  • Open Source Commercial Friendly: Compatible with open and closed source projects
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 (mobile) / OpenGL 2.1 (desktop) based

Build Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.7+, Xcode 4.6+
  • or Ubuntu 12.10+, CMake 2.6+
  • or Windows 7+, VS 2012+
  • Python 2.7.5

Runtime Requirements

  • iOS 5.0+ for iPhone / iPad games
  • Android 2.3+ for Android games
  • Windows Phone 8+ for Windows Phone games
  • OS X v10.6+ for Mac games
  • Windows 7+ for Win games

Running Tests

Select the test you want from Xcode Scheme chooser.

  • For OS X / iOS
$ cd cocos2d-x/build
$ open cocos_tests.xcodeproj
  • For Linux
$ cd cocos2d-x/build
$ ./
$ cmake ..
$ make

Run Samples

$ bin/cpp-empty-test/cpp-empty-test
$ bin/lua-empty-test/lua-empty-test
  You may meet building errors when building It is because directs to an error target,
  you should make it to direct to a correct one. `` only has to be run once.
  • For Windows

Open the cocos2d-x/build/cocos2d-win32.vc2012.sln

  • For Android
$ cd cocos2d-x/build
$ python ./ cpp-empty-test -p 10
$ adb install ../tests/cpp-empty-tst/

Then click item on Android device to run tests. Available value of -p is the API level, cocos2d-x supports from level 10.

Contributing to the Project

Did you find a bug? Do you have feature request? Do you want to merge a feature?

Contact us