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Building a Game Engine Using Java with LWJGL

In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk through the process of creating a game engine using Java with LWJGL (Lightweight Java Game Library). LWJGL provides bindings to OpenGL, OpenAL, and other libraries, making it a powerful choice for developing games in Java.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following installed:

  • Java Development Kit (JDK)
  • IntelliJ IDEA or any preferred Java IDE
  • LWJGL library

Step 1: Set Up Your Project

  1. Create a new Java project in IntelliJ IDEA.
  2. Download the latest LWJGL binaries from the official website.
  3. Extract the LWJGL binaries into a folder in your project directory.

Step 2: Configure LWJGL Dependencies

  1. In IntelliJ IDEA, right-click on your project and select "Open Module Settings."
  2. Click on "Modules" and then select the "Dependencies" tab.
  3. Click the "+" icon and add the LWJGL JAR files from the extracted folder.

Step 3: Create Your Main Class

  1. Create a new Java class for your main game engine.
  2. Import the necessary LWJGL classes:
import org.lwjgl.glfw.GLFW;
import org.lwjgl.opengl.GL;
import static org.lwjgl.glfw.GLFW.*;
import static org.lwjgl.opengl.GL11.*;
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Set up your main method and GLFW window:

public class Main {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Initialize GLFW
        if (!glfwInit()) {
            throw new IllegalStateException("Unable to initialize GLFW");

        // Create a windowed mode window and its OpenGL context
        long window = glfwCreateWindow(800, 600, "My Game", 0, 0);
        if (window == 0) {
            throw new RuntimeException("Failed to create the GLFW window");

        // Make the OpenGL context current

        // Set the clear color
        glClearColor(0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f);

        // Main loop
        while (!glfwWindowShouldClose(window)) {
            // Poll for window events

            // Render here

            // Swap the buffers

        // Terminate GLFW
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Step 4: Run Your Game Engine

  1. Run your main class.
  2. You should see a blank window titled "My Game" appear.
  3. Congratulations! You've created the foundation of your game engine using Java with LWJGL.


In this guide, we've covered the basics of creating a game engine using Java with LWJGL. From setting up your project to configuring LWJGL dependencies and creating a main class, you're now ready to start building your own game engine and bring your game ideas to life. Happy coding!

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