.:Xash3D Engine:.

An open-sourced alternative for all fans of Half-Life modding


Main developer:
Unkle Mike (aka G-Cont, aka Дядя Миша)

Xash3D Engine has been tested for compatibility with many of GoldSource games and MODs. At this moment it should provide you an ability to successfully complete almost any existing singleplayer Half-Life mod without compatibility problems. Some mods can be not totally compatible, if they are too hardly modified or use some very specific undocumented features of GoldSource engine. Also multiplayer part of Xash3D Engine is not fully completed yet because of lack of free time for its' development & lack of support and testing provided by community. So in most cases multiplayer mods should work good, but some features may not work or work not exactly as with GoldSource engine. Check pinned articles & tutorials for the detailed list of tested mods and maps. A list of Xash3D Engine features is also there, plus a guide on how to get work Half-Life and its' mods under Xash3D (in English and in Russian).


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Xash3D is the powerful independent open-sourced 3D-engine, aimed for high compatibility with GoldSource engine formats (maps, models, textures, sounds, entities etc.), but with the intention to be an advanced platform for modmaking or game development. Technically it has been built from a scratch, using as totally original ideas, as some ideas from other 3D-engines. Xash3D overcomes obsolete GoldSource engine's limits and provides for you a new quality of gaming experience and modmaking capabilities, as extended map, model, texture & sound formats with higher limits, possibility to implement custom renderers with dynamic lighting and other modern features. Xash3D is the easy-to-use base to play existing Half-Life mods & create something new, impossible with GoldSource. Years of development & testing allowed to make from Xash3D a perfect mix of high compatibility with common GoldSource standards & high openness to creative modmaking ideas.

Disclaimer: Half-Life & GoldSource are trademarks of Valve Corporation.All Half-Life assets or modded contents are copyright to their respective owners and are protected under international copyright laws. You have to purchase a legal copy of Half-Life to use it with Xash3D.

Thanks to:
HLFX.ru & CSM.dev (former CS-mapping.com.ua) forum members - help, support, testing
CortexReaver, nemyax - English documentation


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Xash3D Oktoberfest 2018!

News

Hi, guys! The time has came and long-awaited updates of Xash3D Engine were released! Newest builds fix many problems, including very old ones and those which appeared following global changes applied to the engine during last two years of development. Also they brings better support for some mods, which had different problems with Xash3D initially (on any build). For examlple - Cry of Fear (mod version 1.0 - 1.55), Cthulhu: An Unspeakable Modification for Half-Life, Team Fortress Classic, Half-Life: Decay, Reissues, Chinatown Preview. As usually, there are some improved or newly added features too. You can download the final build of this year and see the full list of latest changes here:

Xash3D Engine v0.99, build 4344 with source code & extras

Xash3D Engine v0.99, build 4344 with source code & extras


If you install the engine in your first time, please, make sure to install all engine's files properly, including extras for "valve" folder. Otherwise some things will not work as intended or will not work at all. Detailed manual is here. For questions about mods' support refer to 2 new articles: #1 & #2. Remember that some nowaday mods (or their new versions) which depend on updated Steam Half-Life libraries may be not supported (or have to be patched with old or compatible versions of their game dlls to work with Xash3D). Also most of multiplayer mods were not tested thoroughly, but if you have your own experience & found some problems, please report. In most cases, any mods which worked correctly with old WON version of Half-Life, should work correctly with Xash3D too.

As for previous builds, the same rule works for this build too: DO NOT USE it with any of previously released versions of Xash3D games/mods, such as XashXT, Paranoia 2: Savior, Quake Remake, Area 51. Until they are not updated, they will not work with the new engine.

Fortunately, the XashXT update is already released also! So you can use it now with the latest engine's build. Since the version 0.65 a lot of things are added and fixed. Some of new features: support up to 64 weapons, better visual debugging system, faster grass code, faster code of dynamic lighting and world's rendering (including using a power of GPU for lightstyles and hardware interpolation of lightstyles), better fog, partial support of terrains from Paranoia 2, advanced mirrors' rendering (including mirrors reflecting in each other), special events for spawning Aurora particles from studiomodels (5040-5044), totally new studiomodels renderer with a support of LODs, bone weighting, jingle bones, inverse kinematics, multiple blending of sequences, per-vertex lighting for prop-models, added sunshafts (like in Crysis or Paranoia), Opposing Force-like ropes, better tracktrain control, new entity trigger_dsp_zone for better DSP effects, new entities func_transporter и conveyor_setspeed for better control of conveyors... Just grab it and explore the new possibilities!

XashXT v0.81, revision 1 (Xash3D mod & toolkit)

XashXT v0.81, revision 1 (Xash3D mod & toolkit)


Along with new engine's build we're also proud to present a new Unkle Mike's project - Quake Wrapper (QWrap). It's a mod for Xash3D Engine which can launch original Quake game and its mods. It makes no changes to Quake's gameplay, but provides more handy game interface and controls. We decided to release it in the Games section, though it's not an independent game exactly. But this should provide a more comfortable way to release potential updates/information or discuss the project, because it quite differs from common Xash3D-related things and Half-Life theme.

Quake Wrapper v0.7, revision1 with source code

Quake Wrapper v0.7, revision1 with source code


If you'd like to support Unkle Mike and buy him some beer inspire him for further development of Xash3D, you can donate him some money via:

Xash3D-compatible Half-Life mods with a custom game code

Xash3D-compatible Half-Life mods with a custom game code

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Xash3D-compatible Half-Life mods for any supported OS

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Running Half-Life under Xash3D: user's manual (English)

Running Half-Life under Xash3D: user's manual (English)

Feature 189 comments

Hello, if you are new with how to use Xash3D Engine to run Half-Life and its' mods, this manual is for you. Just follow the instruction and have fun!

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robot095567
robot095567 - - 65 comments

классный движок

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Seacat08
Seacat08 - - 21 comments

Hey was thinking of starting a mod and needed a bigger total map size limit for it to really be feasible. I'm aware that this engine has expanded the Goldsrc limits quite a bit but after researching I couldn't pull up anything on this engine having a bigger max map size limit. Just asking to see if it actually does or if there's an alternative way to do it. Thanks in advance!

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Qwertyus Creator
Qwertyus - - 2,555 comments

You need new map compilers from XashXT devkit:
Moddb.com

Or check: PrimeXT
Snmetamorph.github.io

Also a sample of using customized tools:
Csm.dev

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Seacat08
Seacat08 - - 21 comments

Thanks for responding! I'll try using this and see how they work.

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raydudexd
raydudexd - - 1 comments

Should i now use this version (build 4344) or should i use FWGS?

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LAD3SO
LAD3SO - - 22 comments

Since Uncle Mike whether he abandoned this project or maybe not. I still recommend Xash3D FWGS since it has improvements & other features than Uncle Mike's. Also Flying with Gauss is almost step closer completing their engine. They could release a stable version of it soon. But, actually just choose whatever it suits you.

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Qwertyus Creator
Qwertyus - - 2,555 comments

Time to choose...

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Davo6233
Davo6233 - - 15 comments

Hello, Is there way how to enable touch controlls for Windows port of this engine like on Android? It would be great with touch controlls on Windows tablets like Surface pro/RT :) Maybe u could make that option possible if there is not that option available. For some donation :P thx for reply.

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Qwertyus Creator
Qwertyus - - 2,555 comments

Use FWGS version for PC, it allows to enable touch controls in game menu. Github.com

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ivanchu1633
ivanchu1633 - - 5 comments

Hi, its there any improvement graphically speaking for the original half life in this new engine?

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Qwertyus Creator
Qwertyus - - 2,555 comments

It's engine, not a graphical mod of some kind. So it has improvements, but without modifying the original game. It's kinda about to give you more freedom to change something if you want it. Like higher limits of everything available with GoldSource + better support for things like high quality sounds, high res textures, high poly models, advanced animation features, dynamic lighting, RTX, physics and such.

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