View Full Version : is OpenGL a open source software?

11-19-2009, 03:17 AM
many people say it is a opensource soft,
but why can't i find it source in the network?

Ilian Dinev
11-19-2009, 06:10 AM
Kindly use the Search functionality next time :) .
It's not open-source.

11-19-2009, 07:54 AM
OpenGL defines an API. So, an interface. Not an implementation.

There are multiple implementations of this API. Most of them, provided by the graphics cards manufacturer are closed source.

However, Mesa has an MIT license, so it is open source: http://www.mesa3d.org/

More details for the different licenses for the different components of Mesa here:

Get the code of the releases here:

Get access to the GIT repository here:

11-19-2009, 04:32 PM
Heh, the OpenGL being an API is pretty open (not a source/soft though).
Check out the specification: http://www.opengl.org/documentation/specs/