Sirius is a general-purpose, 3D-oriented graphics library based on OpenGL. It serves mainly as a tool to learn graphics programming, but is intended on the long term to be powerful and simple enough to be used as a graphics engine for games, 3D rendering or physics simulations.

For the moment, the core features of Sirius are for the most part derived from The Cherno's Game Engine series, which is a great ressource not only on the technicalities of a game engine, but also the design issues that are faced when writing a library. Make sure to go check it !


Getting started

The library is untested on any development environment other than Windows with MinGW-w64. C++17 support is required.

Building from sources

To build the library, you will first have to make sure that you have the last version of CMake installed on your computer. If that isn't the case, you can download the binaries here.

Then, you will have to download the library sources. You can click on the Code button on the upper-right corner and either download the repository's ZIP file, or clone it with the command :

git clone

Then you have to tell CMake to generate the configuration files for your compiler, as well as the installation prefix for the library files. You can do it with the CMake GUI, or via the CLI. In the last case, the command looks like this :


You have :

  • GENERATOR : determines for which compiler the makefiles are going to be generated (on Windows, if you are using MinGW or MinGW-w64, use "MinGW Makefiles"; if you are using Visual Studio, you can search for your version's CMake generator, but it should be the one chosen by default)

  • LIBRARY_PATH : the path where you want to install the library. Make sure it already exists, CMake will not create the folder for you !

  • SOURCE_DIR : the path of the cloned repository's folder.

After that, the last thing you have to do is running this command :

mingw32-make & mingw32-make install

If you got no errors, then, congratulations ! You have succesfuly installed the library.

Linking the library

All you need is in the library install path. Copy-paste it into your project, and add the following lines to your CMakeLists.txt :



Change the add_executable() part so it looks like this :

add_executable(test main.cpp)
target_link_libraries(test PUBLIC Sirius)

Finally, go to "Sirius/lib" and "Sirius/vendor/glfw/bin", grab the libSirius.dll and glfw3.dll, and paste them next to your executable. Everything should work now : you can verify it with the test folder in the library source directory, which should create a window with an image in it.

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