The Toolsmiths Arsenal
A collection of solutions for game development problems.
Tools that are listed here were mentioned by Game Developers in Slack Teams, Forums, Game Conferences, Twitter…
3D creation suites
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
Audio Editing Tools
Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.
CMake is an open-source, cross-platform family of tools designed to build, test and package software.
FASTBuild is a high performance, open-source build system supporting highly scalable compilation, caching and network distribution.
GENie (pronounced as Jenny) is project generator tool. It automagically generates project from Lua script, making applying the same settings for multiple projects easy.
Describe your software project just once, using Premake's simple and easy to read syntax, and build it everywhere.
Sharpmake is an open-source C#-based solution for generating project definition files, such as Visual Studio projects and solutions, GNU makefiles, Xcode projects, etc.
Sccache is a ccache-like tool. It is used as a compiler wrapper and avoids compilation when possible, storing a cache in a remote storage using the Amazon Simple Cloud Storage Service (S3) API, the Google Cloud Storage (GCS) API, or Redis.
Apache Ant is a Java library and command-line tool whose mission is to drive processes described in build files as targets and extension points dependent upon each other.
Boost.Build is a high-level build system which makes it as easy as possible to manage C++ projects.
Build monitor is a tool which you can use to measure your build times in Visual studio over time.
CruiseControl is both a continuous integration tool and an extensible framework for creating a custom continuous build process.
A tool to make Windows builds reproducible.
Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development.
SCons is an Open Source software construction tool—that is, a next-generation build tool.
Waf is a Python-based framework for configuring, compiling and installing applications.
Docker image of windowsservercore plus Visual C++ Build Tools preinstalled
The Cortex project provides a set of high quality C++ libraries and Python modules tailored for software development in the visual effects industry.
A cross-platform 3D model viewer
This website lets you create normal maps from height maps for free.
Packer is a tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration.
Buildbot supports distributed, parallel execution of jobs across multiple platforms, flexible integration with version-control systems, extensive status reporting, and more.
The leading open source automation server, Jenkins provides hundreds of plugins to support building, deploying and automating any project.
Unity's fork of Buildbot, a Python-based continuous integration testing framework!
A continuous integration system built on AWS Lambda
A juicy feature-packed debug menu intended for games.
sfntly is a Java and C++ library for using, editing, and creating sfnt container based fonts (e.g. OpenType, TrueType)
Helium is a set of open-source cross-platform C++ Frameworks, and it aspires to be a high performance Game Engine. It is permissively licensed under a BSD-style license.
Image Editing Tools
GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems.
Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Infrastructure Automation and Configuration Management
Automate large-scale, complex and mission critical IT infrastructure
Achieve speed, scale, and consistency by automating your infrastructure with Chef
Automatically deliver and operate all of your software across its entire lifecycle.
Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality.
IT Infrastructure Monitoring
OpenNMS is a carrier-grade, highly integrated, open source platform designed for building network monitoring solutions.
Zabbix is the ultimate enterprise-level software designed for real-time monitoring of millions of metrics collected from tens of thousands of servers, virtual machines and network devices.
A low poly 3D model editor
the open source system for processing and editing 3D triangular meshes. It provides a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering, texturing and converting meshes.
Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use.
Performance & Analyzing code
This is CacheSim, a cache simulator developed by Insomniac Games.
The C++ Core Guidelines are a set of tried-and-true guidelines, rules, and best practices about coding in C++
Cppcheck is a static analysis tool for C/C++ code. It provides unique code analysis to detect bugs and focuses on detecting undefined behaviour and dangerous coding constructs.
A Utility for Measuring C++ Code Bloat
is an extensible framework for diagnosing and fixing typical programming errors, like style violations, interface misuse, or bugs that can be deduced via static analysis.
Convert from Microsoft PDB format into a MySQL database
Procedural Modelling Tools
A procedural, node-based modelling tool, made in rust 🦀
faster alternative to git-filter-branch
3-way Json merger
is an image comparison utility that makes use of a computational model of the human visual system to compare two images
A tuned Windows Apache SVN PHP portable package
Recursive branching workflow for git submodules
Serializing structured data
Cap’n Proto is an insanely fast data interchange format and capability-based RPC system. Think JSON, except binary. Or think Protocol Buffers, except faster. In fact, in benchmarks, Cap’n Proto is INFINITY TIMES faster than Protocol Buffers.
FlatBuffers is an efficient cross platform serialization library for games and other memory constrained apps.
Protocol Buffers - Google's data interchange format
The tool for beautiful monitoring and metric analytics & dashboards for Graphite, InfluxDB & Prometheus & More
Graphite is a highly scalable real-time graphing system. As a user, you write an application that collects numeric time-series data that you are interested in graphing, and send it to Graphite’s processing backend, carbon, which stores the data in Graphite’s specialized database.
Daemon for easy but powerful stats aggregation
Automation for iOS, Android, and Windows Apps
Windows Application Driver is a service to support Selenium-like UI Test Automation on Windows Applications.
Tools for profiling
MTuner is a memory profiler and memory leak finder for Windows, PS4, PS3...
MemTrace is a memory debugging tool developed internally at Insomniac Games
Microprofile is a embeddable profiler in a few files, written in C++
A realtime CPU/GPU profiler
Gpuvis is a Linux GPU profiler similar to GPUView on Windows. It is designed to work with trace-cmd captures and help track down Linux gpu and application performance issues.
Transport data between applications
Alembic is an open computer graphics interchange framework.
A project to make it easier for people to use Maya animation in their tools and pipelines.
COLLADA™ defines an XML-based schema to make it easy to transport 3D assets between applications - enabling diverse 3D authoring and content processing tools to be combined into a production pipeline.
GL Transmission Format is a royalty-free specification for the efficient transmission and loading of 3D scenes and models by applications.
MaterialX is an open standard for transfer of rich material and look-development content between applications and renderers.
A general-purpose, human-readable, and strongly-typed data language for information exchange.
format is a text-based file format designed to facilitate the transfer of complex scene data between applications such as modeling tools and game engines.
AssetBundleGraphTool (ABGT) is a tool that aims to reduce the workload of all the effort needed to build workflows around building Asset Bundles and Player Apps.
Update C++ at runtime
Runtime-Compiled C++ is a way to reliably make major changes to your C++ code at runtime and see the results immediately.
Mongoose is more than an embedded webserver. It is a multi-protocol embedded networking library with functions including TCP, HTTP client and server, WebSocket client and server, MQTT client and broker and much more.
The nanomsg library is a simple high-performance implementation of several "scalability protocols". It aims to make the networking layer fast, scalable, and easy to use.
yojimbo is a network library for client/server games with dedicated servers.
the C language
A single file header-only live reload solution for C, written in C++