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 web (DuckDuckGo, Google, Bing e.t.c).

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 Bloomberg Development Environment core libraries 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).
  • 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)
  • Smart Enum - "to_string", "from_string" and more for your enums. (Boost License)
  • nytl - C++11 header-only template library for maths, functions (callbacks) and general utility.
  • SaferCPlusPlus -  SaferCPlusPlus - Safe compatible substitutes for unsafe C++ primitives, including pointers, int and std::vector. (Boost License)
  • fcppt -  Freundlich's C++ Toolkit (fcppt) is a collection of libraries focusing on improving general C++ code by providing better types and making use of functional programming.
  • bitfield.h -  Bit field structure facility, more portable/flexible than the base language facility.
  • composite_op.h -  Basic class data member introspection, cumbersome and often non-re-entrant, but sometimes useful.
  • Abstract Intrusive Containers -  More flexible than boost::instrusive, but not STL-compatible.
  • Yato -  Modern C++(11/14) cross-platform STL-styled and STL-compatible library with implementing containers, ranges, iterators, type traits and other tools and experiments (MIT License)

[edit] Communication

  • libnavajo -  a light but powerful API including http server for web and RESTful application development, supporting SSL, authentification, cookies and session management, including Websocket server support... (LGPL License)
  • 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
  • gsoap -  C/C++ development toolkit for XML data bindings, fast WSDL/SOAP/XML Web services, WS-Security, JSON/XML-RPC RESTful services
  • POCO -  networking: encryption, HTTP; Zip files
  • omniORB -  the fastest, complete and portable CORBA ORB implementation in C++
  • ACE -  asynchronous networking, event demultiplexing, messaging, CORBA
  • wvstreams
  • 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)
  • The Silicon C++14 Web Framework - Fast and Robust Web APIs (MIT).
  • ngrest - Fast and easy in use JSON RESTful Web Services Framework (Apache2).

[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

  • soundtouch
  • KFR -  Fast, modern DSP framework, DFT/FFT, Audio resampling, FIR/IIR filters, Biquad

[edit] Image Processing

[edit] Video

[edit] 3D Graphics

  • Vulkan
  • OpenGL
  • bgfx Cross-platform, graphics API agnostic, "Bring Your Own Engine/Framework" style rendering library.
  • Ogre3D
  • GLEW OpenGL function loading
  • Epoxy Modern successor to GLEW. Abstracts difference between some kinds of GL contexts, which makes it sometimes simpler to use than GLEW. Used by GTK+ project since 2015.
  • 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
  • Visionaray A C++ ray tracing template library

[edit] Game Engine Architecture

[edit] Internationalization

  • gettext
  • spirit-po -  A small, header-only library which parses po-files and provides an interface similar to GNU libintl. Based on boost::spirit.

[edit] Math

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

[edit] Financial Calculations

[edit] Concurrency

[edit] Containers

[edit] Metaprogramming

  • Boost.MPL - Original metaprogramming library, targeted at C++03, slow
  • Boost.Hana - New metaprogramming library for both types and values
  • Metal - Uses lazy metafunctions (like MPL), 100% SFINAE-friendly, optimized for SLOC
  • Brigand - Uses eager metafunctions, optimized for best performance
  • Meta - Uses eager metafunctions, middle ground between metal and brigand wrt performance
  • Boost.Metaparse - Compile-time parser library, producing types, values, and metafunctions from compile-time strings
  • Boost.Proto - A library for building expression template-backed EDSLs
  • CoMeta - Lightweight, header-only C++14 metaprogramming library
  • visit_struct -  A miniature reflection library, providing structure visitors for C++11. Self-contained, 100-200 lines of code depending how you count.

[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)

[edit] See also

C documentation for Non-ANSI/ISO Libraries