Conway's Game of Life, OpenGL Implementation

LIFE_OPENGL is a C program which implements John Conway's Game of Life, presenting the evolution graphically, using OpenGL.

OpenGL on Macintosh OS X

OpenGL ships with OS9 and OSX for the Macintosh. You can obtain the latest software version on the Apple OpenGL web site.

Note that the source code and compilation script have been adapted for use on a Macintosh running OS X.

For that reason, the include file references have been changed from:

        # include <GL/gl.h>
        # include <GL/glu.h>
        # include <GL/glut.h>

        # include <OpenGL/gl.h>
        # include <OpenGL/glu.h>
        # include <GLUT/glut.h>

The compilation statement, which might ordinarily be

        gcc life_opengl.c -lGL -lGLU -lglut 
was modified to:

        gcc life_opengl.c -framework OpenGL -framework GLUT


LIFE_OPENGL is available in a C version and a C++ version.

Related Data and Programs:

FERN_OPENGL, a C program which uses OpenGL to display the Barnsley fractal fern.

FLOOD_OPENGL, a C program which allows a user to select a region and flood it with color, using OpenGL, by Art Wetzel.

LIFE_SERIAL, a C program which computes a few steps of the evolution of John Conway's Game of Life, intended as a starting point for implementing a parallel version.

LIGHTS_OUT_OPENGL, a C program which sets up a Lights Out game and allows the user to solve it, using the OpenGL graphics window.

OPENGL, C programs which demonstrate the use of OpenGL for graphics applications.

SCREENSHOT_OPENGL, a C program which shows how a program using the OpenGL graphics library can save a screenshot of the graphics being displayed.


Simon Green


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Last revised on 20 March 2008.