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SDL2 for Raspberry Pi at last (binaries inside!)

Jose CerrejonLess than 1 minuteRaspberry PIRaspberry PI

SDL2 for Raspberry Pi at last (binaries inside!)


For months I have wanted to make a review about engines/libraries/frameworks to develop video games. Nobody in their right mind today would develop a game from scratch.

SDL is the most famous library to develop video games, but also slower when running it on the Pi, until now...

This second version really takes time with us, it was not until a few days ago that it has received an update to work on the Raspberry Pi properly. The version that will be compatible with the numbering 2.0.1, but there is a user that has compiled this library (I leave the binaries along with the headers at the end of this post) in the official forumsopen in new window.

POST UPDATED on 1/1/2014: You can find a script to install it on Raspbian or Raspbmc hereopen in new window

POST UPDATED on 2/5/2014: Another link to help and compile by yourself:

These are improvements that brings:

  • Work without the X.Org server

  • OpenGL ES 2.0

  • ALSA based Sound drivers

  • evdev-based input devices

Soon we will see games games compiled with this library. By the way, I have a couple of them that I will port by myself 😃


Download:> SDL2-raspberrypi.tar.gz (9 MB)open in new window

Forum raspberrypi.orgopen in new window