Installing OpenGL


Ok, I know I am being a bit stupid here, but nothing I have read so far from the Internet (and I have read a lot!) have helped me to actually get started programming in OpenGL! Can someone please tell me the steps to take (i.e. what to install, etc.) to allow me to start writing and compiling OpenGL programs?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your help

David Saunders

Do you have the header files and library of opengl?

No, I literally have no idea what I need. Sorry to be dumb, but I have been severly confused by all installation instructions, etc. I have read on the Internet!!!

Your help would be much appreciated.

Thank you very much


Get Dev C++, they even have an OpenGL project template.

Well, I have emailed the library and header files to you.
For more info, you can vist
Gook Luck! :slight_smile:

Thank you very much glTracy. Am at work at the moment, but will have a look when I get home, and let you know!

Thank you all for your help

Don’t install anything. Visit and check for tutorials.

The truth is… if you have rescent drivers for your graphics card you already have hardware OpenGL. You only need C/C++ compiler (MinGW, MSVC, Borland Builder,…)


I suggest you go out and buy a book that comes with a cd of code samples such as OpenGL Superbible. It saves a lot of time.

I can’t install my OpenGL on my XP, it says its a win 95/98 version, but i’ve been able to install it before what should I do?
I dont have an Internet connection at home so I cant go to the web and fix it.

Originally posted by glTracy:
Do you have the header files and library of opengl?
I’ve been trying to get OpenGL working as well. I have been using the Borland compiler at the command prompt in Windows 98. Now I have downloaded the Windows OpenGL library, and included the header file gl.h in the command:
#include “gl.h”

But the compiler freaks out and tells me there are at least 26 errrors in gl.h - what the hell is going on?

  • From a terrified newbie *

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