A list of open source C++ libraries

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The objective of this page is to build a comprehensive list of open source C++ libraries, so that when one needs an implementation of particular functionality, one needn't to waste time searching on Google.

If you know a library that might be useful to others, please add a link to it here. There are no restrictions on what can be included except that the source of the library must be readily available to download.

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[edit] Generic

  • Boost -  large collection of generic libraries (Boost License)
  • BDE -  The BDE Development Environment from Bloomberg L.P. (Apache License)
  • Dlib -  networking, threads, graphical interfaces, data structures, linear algebra, machine learning, XML and text parsing, numerical optimization, Bayesian nets, and numerous other tasks (Boost License)
  • JUCE -  An extensive, mature, cross-platform C++ toolkit (GPL License)
  • Loki -  design patterns
  • Reason -  xml, xpath, regex, threads, sockets, http, sql, date-time, streams, encoding and decoding, filesystem, compression (GPL License)
  • Yomm11 -  Open multi-methods for C++11 (Boost License)
  • Folly -  Facebook Open-source LibrarY. Library of C++11 components designed with practicality and efficiency in mind.
  • cxxomfort - Backports of C++ features (C++11 to C++03 and C++1y proposals to C++11/C++03).
  • libsourcey -  Cross-platform C++11 library for high speed networking and media encoding. HTTP, WebSockets, TURN, STUN, Symple and more...
  • OnPosix -  C++ library providing several abstractions (e.g., threading, networking, logging, IPC, etc.) on POSIX platforms.
  • Ultimate++ -  Cross-platform rapid application development framework
  • CAF - The C++ Actor Framework (CAF) is an open source C++11 actor model implementation featuring lightweight & fast actor implementations, pattern matching for messages, network transparent messaging, and more (BSD License).
  • wdl-AmirFJ - a modified version of WDL-OL with some improvements.
  • cpp-mmf - A C++98 library that encapsulates memory-mapped-files for POSIX or Windows
  • CommonPP - Multi-purpose library with a strong emphasis on getting metrics out of a project. (BSD)
  • Better Enums - Reflective enums (enum to string, iteration, etc.) with constexpr support. (BSD)

[edit] Communication

  • C++ RESTful framework -  C++ micro-framework designed to be embedded into a wide range of applications.
  • C++ REST SDK - asynchronous HTTP client and listener, asynchronous Stream, URI, JSON
  • cpr - a modern C++ HTTP requests library
  • cpp-netlib - cpp-netlib: The C++ Network Library
  • Boost.Asio - asynchronous and synchronous networking, timers, serial I/O
  • POCO -  networking: encryption, HTTP; Zip files
  • ACE -  asynchronous networking, event demultiplexing, messaging, CORBA
  • wvstreams
  • gsoap
  • Unicomm -  asynchronous networking, high-level TCP communication framework
  • restful_mapper - ORM for consuming RESTful JSON APIs in C++
  • zeromq -  fast message queue
  • curlpp -  C++ wrapper for CURL library
  • Apache Thrift -  The Apache Thrift software framework, for scalable cross-language services development, combines a software stack with a code generation engine to build services that work efficiently and seamlessly between C++, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, Erlang, Perl, Haskell, C#, Cocoa, JavaScript, Node.js, Smalltalk, OCaml and Delphi and other languages.
  • libashttp -  asynchronous HTTP client library
  • Simple C++ REST library -  Very simple and self documenting library for creating a REST API in your c++ application
  • libtins - Network packet crafting and sniffing library
  • HTTPP - Simple, production ready HTTP server built on top of Boost and a client built on top of libcurl. (BSD)

[edit] Graphic user interface

  • FLTK
  • nana[doc] - GUI programming in modern C++ style (Boost License)
  • WxWidgets[src][doc]
  • OWLNext - Modern update to OWL for writing GUI applications in standard C++ on Windows
  • tiny file dialogs -  a single C C++ cross-platform file (no init, no main loop, 6 modal function calls)

[edit] General Multimedia

[edit] Graphics


[edit] Audio


[edit] Image Processing

[edit] Video

[edit] 3D Graphics

  • bgfx Cross-platform, graphics API agnostic, "Bring Your Own Engine/Framework" style rendering library.
  • Ogre3D
  • OpenGL
  • GLEW OpenGL function loading
  • GLFW OpenGL window manager
  • GLM Header only C++ mathematics library for rendering
  • assimp 3D model loading
  • VTK
  • Magnum C++11 and OpenGL/GLES/WebGL graphics engine
  • Irrlicht
  • Horde3D

[edit] Game Engine Architecture

[edit] Internationalization

[edit] Math

Linear algebra
Graph theory
Class Library for Numbers
Machine Learning
Computational geometry

[edit] Financial Calculations

[edit] Concurrency

[edit] Containers

[edit] Serialization

[edit] Testing

[edit] Benchmarking

[edit] XML

[edit] JSON

[edit] Web

[edit] GPS

[edit] Databases

[edit] Cryptography

[edit] File metadata

[edit] Text

  • PEGTL -  Parsing Expression Grammar Template Library

[edit] Terminal

[edit] Configuration

[edit] Embedded languages bindings

[edit] Embedded/realtime

[edit] PDF

[edit] Logging

  • Log4cpp - A library of C++ classes for flexible logging to files, syslog, IDSA and other destinations (LGPL)
  • spdlog - Super fast, header only, C++ logging library
  • plog - Portable and simple log for C++ in less than 1000 lines of code (MPL2)