Don't use Xlib headers by default. (#130)

Conceptually, defining EGLNativeDisplayType to Display* is simply incorrect,
because it's not always going to be an Xlib display.

In practice, more and more programs and libraries are being built with EGL but
without Xlib, and end up breaking when the Xlib headers are missing.

Rather than requiring every such program to define EGL_NO_X11, use the (void*)
typedef by default. The existing USE_X11 header can still preserve the current

The change to EGLNativeDisplayType will be fine for eglGetDisplay, since you
can always pass a (Display *) as a (void *) parameter.

The EGLNativePixmapType and EGLNativeWindowType types don't change, because
khronos_uintptr_t and XID are both typedefs to unsigned long.

The only things that might break are calls to eglQueryNativeDisplayNV, or
programs that do need the Xlib headers and expect egl.h to include them. Both
of those cases would be trivial to fix.
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  1. api/
  2. extensions/
  3. sdk/
  4. specs/
  5. .htaccess
  7. index.php
  9. registry.tcl


The EGL-Registry repository contains the EGL API and Extension Registry, including specifications, reference pages and reference cards, and the enumerant registry. It is also used as a backing store for the web view of the registry at ; commits to the master branch of this repository will be reflected there.

In the past, the EGL registry was maintained in a public Subversion repository. The history in that repository has not been imported to github, but it is still available at .

Interesting files in this repository include:

  • index.php - toplevel index page for the web view. This relies on PHP include files found elsewhere on and so is not very useful in isolation.
  • registry.tcl - extension number registry. Documents the names and index numbers assigned to EGL extension specifications.
  • api/egl.xml - extension enumerant and API registry. Defines the EGL API, including extensions, and is used to generate headers. Documents the EGL enumerant ranges assigned to different vendors.
  • api/EGL/ and api/KHR/ - header files used by an EGL implementation. EGL/eglext.h and EGL/egl.h are generated from egl.xml. The other headers are handcoded and express OS and window system (platform) dependencies.
  • extensions/ - EGL extension specifications, grouped into vendor-specific subdirectories.
  • sdk/ - EGL reference pages and reference cards. There are separate sets for each API version.
  • specs/ - EGL specification documents.

Reserving EGL Enumerant Ranges

EGL enumerants are documented in api/egl.xml . New ranges can be allocated by proposing a pull request to master modifying this file, following the existing examples. Allocate ranges starting at the lowest free values available (search for “Reservable for future use”). Ranges are not officially allocated until your pull request is accepted into master. At that point you can use values from your assigned range for API extensions.

Adding Extension Specifications

Extension specification documents can be added by proposing a pull request to master, adding the specification .txt file and related changes under extensions/<vendor>/filename.txt. Your pull request must also:

  • Allocate an extension number in registry.tcl (follow the existing <extension> examples, search for “Next free extension number”, and use the lowest available extension number).
  • Include that extension number in the extension specification document.
  • Define the interfaces introduced by this extension in api/egl.xml, following the examples of existing extensions. If you have difficulty doing this, consult the registry schema documentation in the GL registry at; you may also create Issues in the EGL-Registry repository to request help.
  • Verify that the EGL headers regenerate properly after applying your XML changes. In the api/ directory, you must be able to do the following without errors:
    # Validate XML changes
    make validate
    # Verify headers build and are legal C
    make clobber
    make tests
  • Finally, add a link from the extensions section of index.php to the extension document, using the specified extension number, so it shows up in the web view (this could in principle be generated automatically from registry.tcl / egl.xml, but isn't at present).

Sometimes extension text files contain inappropriate UTF-8 characters. They should be restricted to the ASCII subset of UTF-8 at present. They can be removed using the iconv Linux command-line tool via

iconv -c -f utf-8 -t ascii filename.txt

(see internal Bugzilla issue 16141 for more).

We may transition to an asciidoc-based extension specification format at some point.

Build Tools

This section is not complete (see

To validate the XML and build the headers you will need at least GNU make, ‘jing’ for the ‘make validate’ step (, and Python 3.5 and the lxml.etree Python library ( for the ‘make’ step. The ‘make tests’ step requires whatever the C and C++ compilers configured for GNU make are, usually gcc and g++.

All of these components are available prepackaged for major Linux distributions and for the Windows 10 Debian WSL.