OpenGL Programming/Installation/Mac

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In Mac OS X 10.4 (and most likely all versions of OS X) OpenGL and GLUT are installed with the Xcode/developer tools that came on your Mac OS X installation disc(s).


To use GLUT and OpenGL from within Xcode:

  • Open Xcode located in "/Developer/Applications/"
  • Choose "New Project" from the file menu
  • Choose "Command Line Tool" under the Application template for Mac OS X
  • Choose type "C++"
  • Enter your desired project name and directory and continue
  • After project creation right click on the project and select "Add files to "<project>"..."
  • Frameworks are stored in "/System/Library/Frameworks/", from there select and add GLUT & OpenGL

When #including OpenGL & GLUT header files (but not the regular ones like iostream) within Xcode, make sure to do so like this:

#include <OpenGL/gl.h>
#include <OpenGl/glu.h>
#include <GLUT/glut.h>

in other words:

#include <name_of_framework/name_of_header_file.h>
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