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Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified

By : Denis Perevalov
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Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified

By: Denis Perevalov

Overview of this book

openFrameworks is a powerful programming toolkit and library designed to assist the creative process through simplicity and intuitiveness. It's a very handy software library written in C++ to reduce the software development process, helping you to kick-start creative coding. With the help of C++ and shaders support, openFrameworks allows for the processing of all kinds of media information with your custom-developed algorithms at the lowest possible level, with the fastest speed. "Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified" will introduce you to a world of creative coding projects, including interactive installations, audio-visual, and sound art projects. You will learn how to make your own projects using openFrameworks. This book focuses on low-level data processing, which allows you to create really unique and cutting-edge installations and projects. "Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified" provides a complete introduction to openFrameworks, including installation, core capabilities, and addons. Advanced topics like shaders, computer vision, and depth cameras are also covered. We start off by discussing the basic topics such as image and video loading, rendering and processing, playing sound samples, and synthesizing new sounds. We then move on to cover 3D graphics, computer vision, and depth cameras. You will also learn a number of advanced topics such as video mapping, interactive floors and walls, video morphing, networking, and using geometry shaders. You will learn everything you need to know in order to create your own projects; create projects of all levels, ranging from simple creative-code experiments, to big interactive systems consisting of a number of computers, depth cameras, and projectors.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Mastering openFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Installing on Linux with Code::Blocks

This section will guide you in installing openFrameworks for Code::Block on the Ubuntu version of Linux. The current version is 12.11.


You can install openFrameworks not only on Ubuntu, but also on Debian and Fedora versions of Linux. See installation guides at

Also, you can use Eclipse development environment instead of Code::Blocks. See

The installation steps are as follows:

  1. Install Code::Blocks. In the main menu in Ubuntu, click on the Dash home icon, search for Ubuntu Software Center, and open it by selecting the Ubuntu Software Center icon. Search for Code Blocks here. The Code::Blocks program should be the first item listed. Click on the Install button and follow the instructions.

  2. Download the openFrameworks archive. Go to and download openFrameworks for Code::Blocks (Linux), for a 32- or 64-bit operating system. The downloaded ZIP file should be named like of_v0.8.0_linux_release.tar or of_v0.8.0_linux64_release.tar. Unzip the downloaded file; it will be a folder containing openFrameworks. Move the folder to any location on your computer.

  3. Now you should install openFrameworks by running some scripts from Terminal. Please refer to for detailed instructions.

  4. Follow the steps 4, 5, 6, and 7 from the Code::Blocks (Windows) section for installation steps on running an openFrameworks example.