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Rust bindings for EGL

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This crate provides a binding for the Khronos EGL 1.5 API. It was originally a fork of the egl crate, which is left unmaintained.


You can access the EGL API using an Instance object defined by either statically linking with libEGL.so.1 at compile time, or dynamically loading the EGL library at runtime.

Static linking

You must enable static linking using the static feature in your Cargo.toml:

khronos-egl = { version = ..., features = ["static"] }

This will add a dependency to the pkg-config crate, necessary to find the EGL library at compile time.

If you wish to disable linking EGL in this crate, and provide linking in your crate instead, enable the no-pkg-config feature.

khronos-egl = {version = ..., features = ["static", "no-pkg-config"]}

Here is a simple example showing how to use this library to create an EGL context when static linking is enabled.

extern crate khronos_egl as egl;

fn main() -> Result<(), egl::Error> {
	// Create an EGL API instance.
	// The `egl::Static` API implementation is only available when the `static` feature is enabled.
	let egl = egl::Instance::new(egl::Static);

	let wayland_display = wayland_client::Display::connect_to_env().expect("unable to connect to the wayland server");
	let display = egl.get_display(wayland_display.get_display_ptr() as *mut std::ffi::c_void).unwrap();

	let attributes = [
		egl::RED_SIZE, 8,
		egl::GREEN_SIZE, 8,
		egl::BLUE_SIZE, 8,

	let config = egl.choose_first_config(display, &attributes)?.expect("unable to find an appropriate ELG configuration");

	let context_attributes = [

	egl.create_context(display, config, None, &context_attributes);


The creation of a Display instance is not detailed here since it depends on your display server. It is created using the get_display function with a pointer to the display server connection handle. For instance, if you are using the wayland-client crate, you can get this pointer using the Display::get_display_ptr method.

Static API Instance

It may be bothering in some applications to pass the Instance to every fonction that needs to call the EGL API. One workaround would be to define a static Instance, which should be possible to define at compile time using static linking. However this is not yet supported by the stable rustc compiler. With the nightly compiler, you can combine the nightly and static features so that this crate can provide a static Instance, called API that can then be accessed everywhere.

use egl::API as egl;

Dynamic Linking

Dynamic linking allows your application to accept multiple versions of EGL and be more flexible. You must enable dynamic linking using the dynamic feature in your Cargo.toml:

khronos-egl = { version = ..., features = ["dynamic"] }

This will add a dependency to the libloading crate, necessary to find the EGL library at runtime. You can then load the EGL API into a Instance<Dynamic<libloading::Library>> as follows:

let lib = libloading::Library::new("libEGL.so.1").expect("unable to find libEGL.so.1");
let egl = unsafe { egl::DynamicInstance::<egl::EGL1_4>::load_required_from(lib).expect("unable to load libEGL.so.1") };

Here, egl::EGL1_4 is used to specify what is the minimum required version of EGL that must be provided by libEGL.so.1. This will return a DynamicInstance<egl::EGL1_4>, however in that case where libEGL.so.1 provides a more recent version of EGL, you can still upcast ths instance to provide version specific features:

match egl.upcast::<egl::EGL1_5>() {
	Some(egl1_5) => {
		// do something with EGL 1.5
	None => {
		// do something with EGL 1.4 instead.


A shell.nix file is present for nix users to build the crate easily. Just enter a new nix shell using the given configuration file, and cargo build should work. If you want to run the tests and examples you will need to use shell-wayland.nix instead that will also load wayland since most of them depend on it.


Most test and examples most be compiled with the static feature.


Static Linking with OpenGL ES

When using OpenGL ES with khronos-egl with the static feature, it is necessary to place a dummy extern at the top of your application which links libEGL first, then GLESv1/2. This is because libEGL provides symbols required by GLESv1/2. Here's how to work around this:

#[link(name = "EGL")]
#[link(name = "GLESv2")]
extern {}


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