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PistonDevelopers / glfw-rs


GLFW3 bindings and idiomatic wrapper for Rust.



GLFW bindings and wrapper for The Rust Programming Language.


extern crate glfw;

use glfw::{Action, Context, Key};

fn main() {
    let mut glfw = glfw::init(glfw::FAIL_ON_ERRORS).unwrap();

    let (mut window, events) = glfw.create_window(300, 300, "Hello this is window", glfw::WindowMode::Windowed)
        .expect("Failed to create GLFW window.");


    while !window.should_close() {
        for (_, event) in glfw::flush_messages(&events) {
            handle_window_event(&mut window, event);

fn handle_window_event(window: &mut glfw::Window, event: glfw::WindowEvent) {
    match event {
        glfw::WindowEvent::Key(Key::Escape, _, Action::Press, _) => {
        _ => {}

Using glfw-rs


Make sure you have compiled and installed GLFW 3.x. You might be able to find it on your package manager, for example on OS X: brew install --static glfw3 (you may need to run brew tap homebrew/versions). If not you can download and build the library from the source supplied on the GLFW website. Note that if you compile GLFW with CMake on Linux, you will have to supply the -DCMAKE_C_FLAGS=-fPIC argument. You may install GLFW to your PATH, otherwise you will have to specify the directory containing the library binaries when you call make or make lib:

GLFW_LIB_DIR=path/to/glfw/lib/directory make

Including glfw-rs in your project

Add this to your Cargo.toml:

git = ""

On Windows

By default, glfw-rs will try to compile the glfw library. If you want to link to your custom build of glfw or if the build doesn't work (which is probably the case on Windows), you can disable this:

git = ""
default-features = false

A note about Travis CI

You may encounter the following error when attempting to build your project on Travis:

CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:3 (cmake_minimum_required):
  CMake 2.8.9 or higher is required.  You are running version 2.8.7

This is because Travis CI still hasn't updated their CMake version almost a year since the issue was reported (See travis-ci/travis-ci#2030). Because of this, you will need to add the following build commands to your .travis.yml:

  # install a newer cmake since at this time Travis only has version 2.8.7
  - yes | sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kalakris/cmake
  - sudo apt-get update -qq
install: sudo apt-get install cmake


Contact bjz on #rust and #rust-gamedev, or post an issue on Github.

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