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Creating C++ Application

A Unigine-based application can be implemented by means of C++ only, without using UnigineScript.

This article describes how to add logic to your project by using the C++ language. Code written in C++ is the same for all supported platforms: Windows, Linux and OS X. The difference is in the way of compiling the project.

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Creating Empty C++ Application

It is very easy to start your own C++ project by using UNIGINE SDK Browser:

  1. Open the UNIGINE SDK Browser.
  2. Go to the Projects tab and click CREATE NEW.

  3. Specify the following parameters:

    • Project - specify the name of your project.
    • Project Path - specify the path to your project folder.
    • SDK - choose the Unigine SDK.
    • API - here choose C++ to start working with the C++ API.

      This parameter depends on a platform:

      • On Windows you can create C++ Visual Studio 2010 or C++ Visual Studio 2013 project.
      • On Linux you can create C++ GNU make project.
      • On OS X you can create C++ Xcode project or C++ GNU make project.
    • Architecture - specify the architecture of your target platform.
    • Precision - specify the precision. In this example we will use double precision.
    Read more about these parameters in this article
  4. Click the Create New Project button. The project will appear in the projects list.

You can run your project by clicking the Run button.

By default, in the world script file a WorldLight and a PlayerSpectator are created. You can leave functions of the world script empty, and create your own lights and players by using C++.

Implementing C++ Logic

In this section we will add logic to the empty C++ application project.

The following example shows how to add a primitive box mesh to the world and rotate it.

  1. In the Unigine SDK Browser, choose your C++ project and click the Edit Content button.

  2. In the Unigine Editor that will be opened, add the primitive box as described in this section. Also name the primitive as in the example.

  3. Save the World, by clicking File -> Save World on the Menu bar or press CTRL + S and close Unigine Editor.
  4. If you created the C++ project for Visual Studio or Xcode:

    1. Choose your C++ project in the Unigine SDK Browser and click the Edit Code button to open the project in IDE.

    If you created C++ GNU make project:

    1. On the created C++ project, click on the Other Actions button and then the Open Folder button.
      Other Actions button
      Open Folder button
    2. Go to the <YOUR PROJECT>\source\ folder and open the *.cpp file with any plain text editor.
  5. Write (or copy) the following code in your project's .cpp file.
    Source code (C++)
    #include <UnigineEngine.h>
    #include <UnigineConsole.h>
    #include <UnigineGame.h>
    #include <UnigineLightWorld.h>
    #include <UnigineMaterials.h>
    #include <UniginePlayerDummy.h>
    #include <UnigineWorld.h>
    #include <UnigineObjectMeshStatic.h>
    #include <UnigineType.h>
    #include <UnigineEditor.h>
    using namespace Unigine;
    NodePtr node;
    void my_update() {
    	// get the frame duration
    	Game *game = Game::get();
    	float ifps = game->getIFps();
    	// set the angle of rotation
    	double angle = ifps * 90.0f;
    	// set the angle to the transformation matrix
    	dmat4 transform = node->getTransform();
    	// set new transformation to the node
    	node->setTransform(node->getTransform() * transform);
    void my_init() {
    	// get the created box
    	Editor *editor = Editor::get();
    	node = editor->getNodeByName("box");
    void my_shutdown() {
    #ifdef _WIN32
    int wmain(int argc, wchar_t **argv) {
    int main(int argc, char **argv) {
    	// initialize the engine
    	EnginePtr engine(UNIGINE_VERSION, argc, argv);
    	// load the world by using console
    	Console *console = Console::get();
    	console->run("world_load cpp_project/cpp_project");
    	// application initialization
    	// enter the main loop
    	while (engine->isDone() == 0) {
    		// update in the main loop
    		// update the application
    		// render in the main loop
    		// swap in the main loop
    	// shutdown all custom resources
    	return 0;
    In the code above we load the cpp_project/cpp_project.cpp world script file. You should specify the name of your project's world script file.
  6. If your use Visual Studio, do the following:

    1. Build your project by clicking Build -> Build Solution in Visual Studio or press F7.

    2. Start your project by clicking Debug -> Start in a proper mode in Visual Studio.

    If you created the Xcode project:

    1. Build your project by clicking Product -> Build in Xcode.

    2. Run the project by clicking Product -> Run.

    If you created GNU Make project:

    1. Execute the make command in the terminal to compile the application.
      Shell commands
    2. Launch the application by using the run script.
To run your project from SDK Browser, specify the path to the .exe file of your C++ project in SDK Browser by customizing Run Project
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