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Saheb Giri
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How to install OpenGL in Ubuntu in C++?

What Is OpenGL?

OpenGL is a Graphics rendering API which is operating system independent, window system independent and has high-quality color images composed of geometric and image primitives. OpenGL APIs can use following -

  1. GL
  2. GLU
    • OpenGL Utility
  3. Glut
  4. FLTK
  5. GLEW

Now lets see how to install OpenGL in Ubuntu.

Now because GLUT (OpenGL Utility Toolkit) depends upon OpenGL and a number of other related libraries, if we install GLUT then OpenGL will be automatically be installed.

First update the repository using the given command

$ sudo apt-get update
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Run the following command to install OpenGL.

$ sudo apt-get install libglu1-mesa-dev freeglut3-dev mesa-common-dev
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Now to test if OpenGL libraries are working fine on our Linux machine, we will create a C++ program and test it.

So create a following C++ Program.

#include <GL/glut.h>

void displayMe(void)
        glVertex3f(0.5, 0.0, 0.5);
        glVertex3f(0.5, 0.0, 0.0);
        glVertex3f(0.0, 0.5, 0.0);
        glVertex3f(0.0, 0.0, 0.5);

int main(int argc, char** argv)
    glutInit(&argc, argv);
    glutInitWindowSize(400, 300);
    glutInitWindowPosition(100, 100);
    glutCreateWindow("Hello world!");
    return 0;
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Now give the command below to compile your code.

$ g++ main.cpp -o firstOpenGlApp -lglut -lGLU -lGL
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Now run your OpenGl program with following command

$ ./firstOpenGlApp
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You will see something like this on your screen if everythings went well.
OpenGl in Ubuntu using C++

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