The Irrlicht Engine is an open source high performance realtime 3D engine written and usable in C++ and also available for .NET languages. It is completely cross-platform, using D3D, OpenGL and its own software renderer, and has all of the state-of-the-art features which can be found in commercial 3d engines.
We've got a huge active community, and there are lots of projects in development that use the engine. You can find enhancements for Irrlicht all over the web, like alternative terrain renderers, portal renderers, exporters, world layers, tutorials, editors, language bindings for java, perl, ruby, basic, python, lua, and so on. And best of all: It's completely free.

The features of the Irrlicht Engine include:

  • High performance realtime 3D rendering using Direct3D and OpenGL [more]
  • Platform independent. Runs on Windows, Linux, OSX, Solaris, and others.[more]
  • Huge built-in and extensible material library with vertex, pixel, and geometry shader support [more].
  • Seamless indoor and outdoor mixing through highly customizeable scene management. [more]
  • Character animation system with skeletal and morph target animation. [more]
  • Particle effects, billboards, light maps, environment mapping, stencil buffer shadows, and lots of other special effects. [more]
  • Several language bindings which make the engine available to other languages such as C#, VisualBasic, Delphi, Java …
  • Two platform and driver independent fast software renderers included. They have different properties (speed vs. quality) and feature everything needed: perspective correct texture mapping, bilinear filtering, sub pixel correctness, z-buffer, gouraud shading, alpha-blending and transparency, fast 2D drawing, and more.
  • Powerful, customizeable, and easy to use 2D GUI System with Buttons, Lists, Edit boxes, …
  • 2D drawing functions like alpha blending, color key based blitting, font drawing, and mixing 3D with 2D graphics.
  • Clean, easy to understand, and well documented API with lots of examples and tutorials.
  • Written in pure C++ and totally object oriented.
  • Direct import of common mesh file formats: Maya (.obj), 3DStudio (.3ds), COLLADA (.dae), Blitz3D (.b3d), Milkshape (.ms3d), Quake 3 levels (.bsp), Quake2 models (.md2), Microsoft DirectX (.X)…
  • Direct import of Textures: Windows Bitmap (.bmp), Portable Network Graphics (.png), Adobe Photoshop (.psd), JPEG File Interchange Format (.jpg), Truevision Targa (.tga), ZSoft Painbrush (.pcx).
  • Fast and easy collision detection and response.
  • Optimized fast 3D math and container template libraries.
  • Directly reading from (compressed) archives. (.zip, .pak, .pk3, .npk)
  • Integrated fast XML parser.
  • Unicode support for easy localisation.
  • Works with Microsoft VisualStudio, Metrowerks Codewarrior, Bloodshed Dev-C++, Code::Blocks, XCode, and gcc 3.x-4.x.
  • The engine is open source and totally free. You can debug it, fix bugs and even change things you do not like. And you do not have to publish your changes: The engine is licensed under the zlib licence, not the GPL or the LGPL.
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0 comments by FPSGamer on Jun 30th, 2009

Okay, this took longer than anticipated. But here are some more winners. First those of the Screenshot of the Month contest for April and May 2009. These are three in total, because the voting in May resulted in two winners for that month: wing64 with God Tower in April and wing64 with Middle East and xhrit with Sol, from Terra in May. Congrats to both of you. As always, you can find the screenshot and all other contestants in the forum and the gallery. And don't forget to submit your pics for the June contest, there are only a few days left for submitting on the forum.

An even more important news, also some days old already: We have two new dev team members. Please welcome BlindSide and CuteAlien. You should know both from many submissions and activity on the forum, on IRC, and everywhere you can meet Irrlicht users. It's really cool to have you in the team!

A more recent news: Irrlicht was chosen as an approved project of the BeagleBoard Sponsored Projects Program. This means that we got a BeagleBoard for further development of the OpenGL-ES drivers. I already have the board here, trying to set everything up and get Irrlicht running. I'll post some pics once I have it rendering. Thanks a lot for this grant.

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FPSGamer
FPSGamer Jun 27 2009, 7:29am says:

what is nub?...srry I don't speak so good english and I don't understand that part:|

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kitheif
kitheif Jun 28 2009, 5:35am replied:

Oh I ment is it easy for unexpeirienced game developers :]

Ps-
I'v Checked out the Engine and I like what I saw,
I just did'nt know were to start and got confused :D

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FPSGamer
FPSGamer Jun 28 2009, 7:49am replied:

Yea...the engine is more used in C++ as I saw.
There are a few tutorials showing you the basics of the engine,maybe you should start with them.
Also here Irrlicht.sourceforge.net are more tutorials.
Hope this will help you.

P.S. My programmers will use this engine for games.Currently...none :))...but I hope there will be someone interested to join us.

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kitheif
kitheif Jun 30 2009, 2:01pm replied:

I saw those but It did'nt help me much...
It just show'd me examples of the engines capabilities :]

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FPSGamer
FPSGamer Jun 30 2009, 7:29pm replied:

I am sorry but I have no knowledge in programming languages...else I would help you...I am only composing some themes for games...

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kitheif
kitheif Jun 27 2009, 2:50am says:

Looks good~
buuut is it nub friendly?
:D

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