Glide (API)

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Original author(s)3dfx Interactive
Stable release / September 2, 2003; 20 years ago (2003-09-02)
Written inAssembly, C
Operating systemCross-platform
Type3D graphics API
LicenseGNU General Public License[citation needed]

Glide is a 3D graphics API developed by 3dfx Interactive for their Voodoo Graphics 3D accelerator cards. It started as a proprietary API, and was later open sourced by 3dfx.[1] It was dedicated to rendering performance, supporting geometry and texture mapping primarily, in data formats identical to those used internally in their cards. Wide adoption of 3Dfx led to Glide being extensively used in the late 1990s, but further refinement of Microsoft's Direct3D and the appearance of full OpenGL implementations from other graphics card vendors, in addition to growing diversity in 3D hardware, eventually caused it to become superfluous.

Glide wrappers and emulators[edit]

Glide emulator development has been in progress since the late 1990s. During 3dfx's lifetime, the company was aggressive at trying to stop these attempts to emulate their proprietary API, shutting down early emulation projects with legal threats.[2] However, just before it ceased operations and had its assets purchased by Nvidia, 3dfx released the Glide API, along with the Voodoo 2 and Voodoo 3 specifications, under an open source license,[3] which later evolved into an open source project.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 3DFX GLIDE Source Code General Public License". Archived from the original on 2009-02-10.
  2. ^ "3dfx wraps up wrapper Web sites". The Register. April 8, 1999.
  3. ^ "3dfx open sources Glide, Voodoo 2 and 3 specs". The Register.
  4. ^ "Glide for 3dfx hardware". 3 April 2013.

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