Working on Raspberry Pi

Anata edited this page Dec 3, 2018 · 4 revisions

To build your raylib game for Raspberry Pi you just need to download raylib git repository. All required libraries come with the raylib, no additional dependencies are required. raylib also comes with ready-to-use makefiles to compile source code and examples.

Supported Devices and OS

Currently ALL Raspberry Pi devices are supported by raylib (1, 2, 3, Zero and variants). OS supported is Raspbian Stretch. If you're still using Raspbian Jessie, you should update to Raspbian Stretch.

Supported OpenGL backends

  • OpenGL ES 2.0 in native mode (no X11 required)
  • OpenGL 1.1 on X11 desktop mode
  • OpenGL 2.1 on X11 desktop mode

By default, raylib is prepared to be used in native mode, it means, right from the command line, not depending on any windowing system (no X11 required), accessing Broadcom Video driver directly... but some users could prefer to use raylib from a classic X11-based Linux desktop, that's also possible, thanks to the OpenGL desktop drivers.

OpenGL desktop mode requires the GL desktop driver and supposedly it only works for RPI 2 and higher, that limit is set for performance reasons... but, if required, GL desktop driver can be also enabled on RPI B/B+ or Zero, just follow this guide to enable it.

Compiling raylib source code

Just navigate to raylib\src\ directory and run one of the following options depending on your needs:

  1. To use OpenGL ES 2.0 in native mode (no X11):
make PLATFORM=PLATFORM_RPI
  1. To use desktop OpenGL 1.1 or 2.1 (X11 window)
make PLATFORM=PLATFORM_DESKTOP GRAPHICS=GRAPHICS_API_OPENGL_21

NOTE: To use raylib on Raspbian desktop, you need to had previously installed all desktop windowin system libraries, if you just downloaded Raspbian Desktop, it comes with all required libraries installed but if you're using a plain (no desktop) Raspbian system, you need to install the following components first:

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends raspberrypi-ui-mods lxterminal gvfs
sudo apt-get install mesa-common-dev
sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-dev
sudo apt-get install libxcursor-dev
sudo apt-get install libxinerama-dev
sudo apt-get install libxrandr-dev
sudo apt-get install libxi-dev
sudo apt-get install libasound2-dev

raylib also works on DietPi distribution, following libraries are required:

sudo apt-get libraspberrypi-dev raspberrypi-kernel-headers
sudo apt-get install build-essential

Compiling raylib examples

Just move to folder raylib/examples/ and run ONE of THOSE TWO OPTIONS (depending on target OpenGL version):

  1. To use OpenGL ES 2.0 in native mode (no X11):
make PLATFORM=PLATFORM_RPI
  1. To use desktop OpenGL 1.1 or 2.1 (X11 window)
make PLATFORM=PLATFORM_DESKTOP GRAPHICS=GRAPHICS_API_OPENGL_21

To compile just one specific example:

  1. To use OpenGL ES 2.0 in native mode (no X11):
make core/core_basic_window PLATFORM=PLATFORM_RPI
  1. To use desktop OpenGL 1.1 or 2.1 (X11 window)
make core/core_basic_window PLATFORM=PLATFORM_DESKTOP GRAPHICS=GRAPHICS_API_OPENGL_21

Easy.

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