Matyasf.Perlin 1.2.0

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dotnet add package Matyasf.Perlin --version 1.2.0
NuGet\Install-Package Matyasf.Perlin -Version 1.2.0
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<PackageReference Include="Matyasf.Perlin" Version="1.2.0" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add Matyasf.Perlin --version 1.2.0
#r "nuget: Matyasf.Perlin, 1.2.0"
#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 Matyasf.Perlin as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=Matyasf.Perlin&version=1.2.0

// Install Matyasf.Perlin as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=Matyasf.Perlin&version=1.2.0


Perlin (named from a bird) is a lightweight 2D graphics engine for .NET Core using Veldrid. It's well documented, has a simple architecture and is meant to be more as a base code for your engine than something that does everything out-of-the-box.

Currently its working on Windows, OSX, Linux, in the near future I plan to get it work on Android and iOS.


  • Uses the display tree concept (see below) to render your scene.
  • Simple text rendering included.
  • Mouse and keyboard handling code included.
  • Can display parts of image regions as a simple texture atlas support.
  • Desktop window management via SDL2.
  • Thanks to Veldrid it automatically chooses the ideal rendering backend for your PC (Vulkan/Metal/OpenGL/DirectX..)
  • Loads images via ImageSharp, so common formats (jpg, png, bmp, gif) are supported.

The display tree

painter's algorithm in steps. Image from Wikipedia

Perlin puts the objects to render in a display tree similar to other rendering engines (HTML DOM, Android's GUI, Microsoft's WPF,..). The root of the display tree (called Stage) has children, these can also have children and so on creating a tree data structure. Every object in the display tree is a subclass of DisplayObject, here lie the common properties, like Width, Height, Rotation,... Transformations in the display tree are cumulative, e.g. if you set the transparency/rotation/position/scale of an object its every descendant (child, grandchild,..) will be affected as well.

The Z-order (what is rendered in front of what) is determined based on the position of the display tree. An object will be always behind its children; the order between the children is that the first child will be in the back and the last one in the front.

Getting started

A simple Hello world code that will show a rotating rectangle and a textfield:

using Perlin;
using Perlin.Display;
using SixLabors.Fonts;
using SixLabors.ImageSharp;
using SixLabors.ImageSharp.PixelFormats;

namespace Hello
    public class HelloWorld
        public static void Main()
            new HelloWorld();
        public HelloWorld()
            PerlinApp.Start(400, 300, "Hello Perlin!", OnInit);

        private void OnInit()
            PerlinApp.Stage.BackgroundColor = new Rgb24(200, 200, 200);
            var textField = new TextField(PerlinApp.FontRobotoMono.CreateFont(18));
            textField.Text = "Hello world!";
            textField.BackgroundColor = Color.Coral;
            textField.FontColor = Color.White;
            textField.X = 150;
            textField.Y = 100;
            var sp = new Sprite(40, 40, Color.Gold);
            sp.X = 50;
            sp.Y = 50;
            // the EnterFrameEvent fires in each frame
            sp.EnterFrameEvent += (target, secs) => sp.Rotation++;


Copyright 2020- Matyas Forian Szabo and code contributors

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Version Downloads Last updated
1.2.1 496 9/22/2020
1.2.0 455 9/17/2020
1.1.1 473 9/16/2020
1.1.0 469 9/15/2020
1.0.0 570 1/29/2020

Linux support;
Fix text sometimes getting cropped when autosizing