OpenGL header files and libraries.


A question out of my own ignorance:
Are the OpenGL header files and libraries included by default with any (VC++.NET) C++ compiler?
If so, what release of the libraries is being used?
Thank you.

They should be included. The exception may be the express edition of .NET 2005, which may require you to download the Win32 platform SDK.

You can always find out if you have them by browsing the sub-directories in the visual studio install.


You should have gl.h, glu.h, opengl32.lib, glu32.lib, opengl32.dll and glu32.dll.

You’ll probably want to use GLUT if you’re starting out or just messing around (simplifies many common tasks).