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DirectXMesh geometry processing library

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DirectXMesh geometry processing library

Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.

February 21, 2024

This package contains DirectXMesh, a shared source library for performing various geometry content processing operations including generating normals and tangent frames, triangle adjacency computations, vertex cache optimization, and meshlet generation.

This code is designed to build with Visual Studio 2019 (16.11), Visual Studio 2022, clang for Windows v12 or later, or MinGW 12.2. Use of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update SDK (19041) or later is required for Visual Studio. It can also be built for Windows Subsystem for Linux using GCC 11 or later.

These components are designed to work without requiring any content from the legacy DirectX SDK. For details, see Where is the DirectX SDK?.

Directory Layout

  • DirectXMesh\

    • This contains the DirectXMesh library.

The majority of the header files here are intended for implementation the library only (DirectXMeshP.h, scoped.h, etc.). Only DirectXMesh.h and DirectXMesh.inl are meant as a 'public' headers for the library.

  • Utilities\

    • This contains helper code related to mesh processing that is not general enough to be part of the DirectXMesh library.
      • WaveFrontReader.h: Contains a simple C++ class for reading mesh data from a WaveFront OBJ file.
  • Meshconvert\

    • This DirectXMesh sample is an implementation of the meshconvert command-line texture utility from the legacy DirectX SDK utilizing DirectXMesh rather than D3DX.

This tool does not support legacy .X files, but can export CMO, SDKMESH, and VBO files.

  • build\

    • Contains YAML files for the build pipelines along with some miscellaneous build files and scripts.


Documentation is available on the GitHub wiki.


All content and source code for this package are subject to the terms of the MIT License.

For the latest version of DirectXMesh, bug reports, etc. please visit the project site on GitHub.

Release Notes

  • Starting with the June 2020 release, this library makes use of typed enum bitmask flags per the recommendation of the C++ Standard section Bitmask types. This is consistent with Direct3D 12's use of the DEFINE_ENUM_FLAG_OPERATORS macro. This may have breaking change impacts to client code:

    • You cannot pass the 0 literal as your flags value. Instead you must make use of the appropriate default enum value: CNORM_DEFAULT, VALIDATE_DEFAULT, or MESHLET_DEFAULT.

    • Use the enum type instead of DWORD if building up flags values locally with bitmask operations. For example, CNORM_FLAGS flags = CNORM_DEFAULT; if (...) flags |= CNORM_WIND_CW;

  • The UWP projects and the Win10 classic desktop project include configurations for the ARM64 platform. Building these requires installing the ARM64 toolset.

  • When using clang/LLVM for the ARM64 platform, the Windows 11 SDK (22000) or later is required.


For questions, consider using Stack Overflow with the directxtk tag, or the DirectX Discord Server in the dx12-developers or dx9-dx11-developers channel.

For bug reports and feature requests, please use GitHub issues for this project.


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Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact [email protected] with any additional questions or comments.


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The DirectXMesh library is the work of Chuck Walbourn, with contributions from Dr. Hugues Hoppe, Alex Nankervis, James Stanard, Craig Peeper, and the numerous other Microsoft engineers who developed the D3DX utility library over the years.

Thanks to Matt Hurliman for his contribution of the meshlet generation functions.

Thanks to Adrian Stone (Game Angst) for the public domain implementation of Tom Forsyth's linear-speed vertex cache optimization, and thanks to Tom Forsyth for his contribution.

Thanks to Andrew Farrier and Scott Matloff for their on-going help with code reviews.

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