Silk.NET 2.17.1

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dotnet add package Silk.NET --version 2.17.1
NuGet\Install-Package Silk.NET -Version 2.17.1
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="Silk.NET" Version="2.17.1" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add Silk.NET --version 2.17.1
#r "nuget: Silk.NET, 2.17.1"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install Silk.NET as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=Silk.NET&version=2.17.1

// Install Silk.NET as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=Silk.NET&version=2.17.1

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Silk.NET is your one-stop-shop for high-speed .NET multimedia, graphics, and compute; providing bindings to popular low-level APIs such as OpenGL, OpenCL, OpenAL, OpenXR, GLFW, SDL, Vulkan, Assimp, WebGPU, and DirectX.

Use Silk.NET to spruce up applications with cross-platform 3D graphics, audio, compute and haptics!

Silk.NET works on any .NET Standard 2.0 compliant platform, including .NET 6.0, Xamarin, .NET Framework 4.6.1+, and .NET Core 2.0+.

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Proud to be an official project under the benevolent .NET Foundation umbrella.

About This Package

Core functionality for the Silk.NET library. You likely never need to reference this package yourself, nor is it generally useful without another Silk.NET package.



Having poured lots of hours into examining generated C# code and its JIT assembly, you can count on us to deliver blazing fast bindings with negligible overhead induced by Silk.NET!


With an efficient bindings regeneration mechanism, we are committed to ensuring our bindings reflect the latest specifications with frequent updates generated straight from the upstream sources.

High-level utilities

In addition to providing high-speed, direct, and transparent bindings, we provide high-level utilities and wrappers to maximise productivity in common workloads such as platform-agnostic abstractions around Windowing and Input, bringing your apps to a vast number of platforms without changing a single line!


Silk.NET caters for anything you could need in swift development of multimedia, graphics, compute applications. Silk.NET is an all-in-one solution, complete with Graphics, Compute, Audio, Input, and Windowing.


Silk.NET requires significant effort to maintain, as such we greatly appreciate any financial support you are able to provide!

This helps ensure Silk.NET's long term viability, and to help support the developers who maintain Silk.NET in their free time. Kai is accepting GitHub Sponsorships.

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Licensing and governance

Silk.NET is distributed under the very permissive MIT/X11 license and all dependencies are distributed under MIT-compatible licenses.

Silk.NET is a .NET Foundation project, and has adopted the code of conduct defined by the Contributor Covenant to clarify expected behavior in our community. For more information, see the .NET Foundation Code of Conduct.

There are no supported framework assets in this package.

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A lightweight, extensible and easy game engine.


Core module contains everything useful for gl calculations and view management.

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2D game or application development framework that provides 2D rendering, sound, keyboard and mouse input, etc.


A base library for creating cross platform game engines in .NET using OpenGL. Includes OpenGL, ImGUI, An MIT licensed ECS (, etc. More features are planned (ex. ImGUI Hierarchy Controls) and the library will continue to grow as time goes on.

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Throw in the towel.
DotRecast - a port of Recast & Detour, navigation mesh toolset for games, Unity3D, servers, C#
A mocking library based on the Compiler APIs (Roslyn + Mocks)
Version Downloads Last updated
2.17.1 4,408 4/9/2023
2.17.0 1,042 4/6/2023
2.16.0 6,210 8/2/2022
2.15.0 3,265 4/2/2022
2.14.0 919 3/15/2022
2.13.0 905 2/6/2022
2.12.0 638 1/7/2022
2.11.0 1,101 12/5/2021
2.10.1 449 11/10/2021
2.10.0 361 11/6/2021
2.9.0 567 10/5/2021
2.8.0 643 9/4/2021
2.7.0 588 8/9/2021
2.6.0 1,259 7/3/2021
2.5.0 1,019 6/8/2021
2.4.0 602 5/7/2021
2.3.0 445 4/3/2021
2.2.0 493 3/6/2021
2.1.0 416 2/16/2021
2.0.0 491 1/2/2021
2.0.0-preview5 188 12/29/2020
2.0.0-preview4 298 12/8/2020
2.0.0-preview3 302 11/17/2020
2.0.0-preview2 358 8/21/2020
2.0.0-preview 844 7/15/2020
1.9.0 507 12/4/2020
1.8.0 485 11/6/2020
1.7.0 506 10/2/2020
1.6.0 485 9/4/2020
1.5.0 443 8/7/2020
1.4.0 2,106 7/3/2020
1.3.0 753 6/5/2020
1.2.1 489 5/16/2020
1.2.0 494 5/1/2020
1.1.1 742 4/13/2020
1.1.0 511 4/5/2020
1.0.1 512 3/17/2020
1.0.0 649 3/6/2020
1.0.0-preview5 405 2/18/2020
1.0.0-preview4 341 2/8/2020
1.0.0-preview3 428 11/15/2019

Fix a minor regression with some OpenGL Span overloads. Read more about the 2.17 update here: