Godot – 2D and 3D cross-platform compatible game engine

Godot is an advanced, open source, feature packed 2D and 3D cross-platform compatible game engine.

The software offers a comprehensive set of common tools, so that users can focus on making games without having to reinvent the wheel.

Games can be exported in one click to a number of platforms, including the major desktop platforms as well as mobile (Android, iOS) and web-based (HTML5) platforms.

Features include:

  • Nodes for all your needs. Godot comes with hundreds of built-in nodes that make game design a breeze. You can also create your own for custom behaviors, editors and much more.
  • Flexible scene system. Create node compositions with support for instancing and inheritance.
  • Visual editor with all the tools you need packed into a beautiful and uncluttered context-sensitive UI.
  • Friendly content creation pipeline for artists, level designers, animators and everything in between.
  • Persistent live editing where changes are not lost after stopping the game. It even works on mobile devices.
  • Create your own custom tools with ease using the tool system.
  • Graphics:
    • Physically-based rendering with full MSAA support.
    • Full principled BSDF with Subsurface Scattering, reflection, refraction, anisotropy, clearcoat, transmittance and more.
    • Global illumination for real-time gorgeous graphics. It can also be pre-baked for beautiful results even on low end devices.
    • Mid and Post processing effects including a new tonemapper that supports HDR, multiple standard curves and auto exposure, screen-space reflections, fog, bloom, depth of field and much more.
    • Easy-to-use shader language based on GLSL, with built-in editor and code completion.
  • Dedicated 2D engine offering.
  • Flexible animation system.
  • Debugging tools including a video memory debugger, and an error logger with full stack traces.
  • Supported languages for Godot are:
    • GDScript – a high level, dynamically typed programming language used to create content. It uses a syntax similar to Python.
    • Visual Scripting – a tool designed to make the entry barrier to programming much lower
    • C# 7.0 support using Mono.
    • Full C++ support.
  • Cross-platform support:
    • Editor – Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X, and Windows
    • Export games for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, *BSD, Android, iOS, and web.

Website: godotengine.org
Support: Documentation, GitHub code repository
Developer: Godot community
License: MIT License

Godot Engine

Godot is written in C and C++. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Return to Games Engines Home Page


Popular series
Guide to LinuxNew to Linux? Read our Linux for Starters series. We start right at the basics and teach you everything you need to know to get started with Linux.
Free and Open Source SoftwareThe largest compilation of the best free and open source software in the universe. Each article is supplied with a legendary ratings chart helping you to make informed decisions.
ReviewsHundreds of in-depth reviews offering our unbiased and expert opinion on software. We offer helpful and impartial information.
Alternatives to Proprietary SoftwareReplace proprietary software with open source alternatives: Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Autodesk, Oracle, Atlassian, Corel, Cisco, Intuit, and SAS.
DockerGetting Started with Docker helps you master Docker, a set of platform as a service products that delivers software in packages called containers.
System ToolsEssential Linux system tools focuses on small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users.
ProductivityLinux utilities to maximise your productivity. Small, indispensable tools, useful for anyone running a Linux machine.
Home ComputersHome computers became commonplace in the 1980s. Emulate home computers including the Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST, ZX81, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum.
Now and ThenNow and Then examines how promising open source software fared over the years. It can be a bumpy ride.
Linux at HomeLinux at Home looks at a range of home activities where Linux can play its part, making the most of our time at home, keeping active and engaged.
Linux CandyLinux Candy reveals the lighter side of Linux. Have some fun and escape from the daily drudgery.
Android AppsBest Free Android Apps. We showcase free Android apps that are definitely worth downloading. There's a strict eligibility criteria for inclusion in this series.
Programming BooksThese best free books accelerate your learning of every programming language. Learn a new language today!
Programming TutorialsThese free tutorials offer the perfect tonic to our free programming books series.
Stars and StripesStars and Stripes is an occasional series looking at the impact of Linux in the USA.
Share this article

Share your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.