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Off-screen Rendering
Mesa's off-screen interface is used for rendering into user-allocated
memory without any sort of window system or operating system
dependencies. That is, the GL_FRONT colorbuffer is actually a buffer in
main memory, rather than a window on your display.
The OSMesa API provides three basic functions for making off-screen
renderings: OSMesaCreateContext(), OSMesaMakeCurrent(), and
OSMesaDestroyContext(). See the Mesa/include/GL/osmesa.h header for more
information about the API functions.
The OSMesa interface may be used with the gallium software renderers:
#. LLVMpipe - this is the high-performance Gallium LLVM driver
#. Softpipe - this is the reference Gallium software driver
There are several examples of OSMesa in the mesa/demos repository.
Building OSMesa
Configure and build Mesa with something like:
.. code-block:: console
meson builddir -Dosmesa=true -Dgallium-drivers=swrast -Dvulkan-drivers=[] -Dprefix=$PWD/builddir/install
ninja -C builddir install
Make sure you have LLVM installed first if you want to use the LLVMpipe
When the build is complete you should find:
Set your LD_LIBRARY_PATH to point to $PWD/builddir/install to use the
When you link your application, link with -lOSMesa