Engo is an open-source 2D game engine written in Go. It uses the Entity-Component-System paradigm.

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A cross-platform game engine written in Go following an interpretation of the Entity Component System paradigm. Engo is currently compilable for Mac OSX, Linux and Windows. With the release of Go 1.4, supporting Android and the inception of iOS compatibility, mobile has been be added as a release target. Web support (gopherjs) is also available.

This table shows the current state of what's working and what's not. We are aiming to turn all No columns into Yes columns.

Aspect/Target Linux Windows OSX WebGL Android iOS*
Compilation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
AudioSystem Yes No Yes No No ?
RenderSystem Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
XXXXXSystem Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?

*iOS will not build at all (due to gomobile limitations), if it would, most of these would be supported the same way Android is.

We are working towards a 1.0 release, and making good progress. We welcome any contributions.

Currently documentation is pretty scarce, this is because we have not completely finalized the API and are about to go through a "prettification" process in order to increase elegance and usability. For a basic up-to-date example of most features, look at the demos.

Getting in touch / Contributing

We have a gitter chat for people to join who want to further discuss engo. We are happy to discuss bugs, feature requests and would love to hear about the projects you are building!

Getting Started

Theory: common vs engo

There are currently two major important packages within this repository: and

The top level engo package contains the functionality of creating windows, starting the game, creating an OpenGL context and handling input. It is designed to be used with Systems designed as per specifications. The common package contains our ECS implementations of common game development Systems like a RenderSystem or CameraSystem.

Practice: Getting it to Run

  1. First, you have to install some dependencies:
    1. If you're running on Debian/Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install libopenal-dev libglu1-mesa-dev freeglut3-dev mesa-common-dev xorg-dev libgl1-mesa-dev
    2. If you're running on Windows: download all above packages using win-builds (Open an issue to let us know about other methods)
    3. If you're on OSX, you should be OK. Open an issue if you are not
  2. Then, you can go get it: go get -u
  3. Now, you have two choices:
    1. Visit our website, which hosts a full-blown tutorial series on how to create your own game, and on top of that, has some conceptual explanations;
    2. Check out some demos in our demos folder.
  4. Finally, if you run into problems, if you've encountered a bug, or want to request a feature, feel free to shoot us a DM or create an issue.

Breaking Changes

Engo is currently undergoing a lot of optimizations and constantly gets new features. However, this sometimes means things break. In order to make transitioning easier for you, we have a list of those changes, with the most recent being at the top. If you run into any problems, please contact us at gitter.

  • engo has been split in engo (which contains stuff about creating windows, starting the game, creating an OpenGL context, input handling, etc.) - and common (which contains a lot of common System implementations for common tasks (RenderSystem, CameraSystem, AudioSystem, etc.)
  • engo.Width() and engo.Height() have been changed to engo.GameWidth() and engo.GameHeight() respectively.
  • RenderComponent.Scale is now no longer a method, but a variable you can change / access directly.
  • engo.NewRenderComponent was removed. You can now define the values you want directly by using engo.RenderComponent{}. Note that the Drawable is still required.
  • ecs.Entity changed to ecs.BasicEntity, world.AddEntity is gone - a lot has changed here. The entire issue is described here, while this comment in particular, should help you migrate your code.
  • Renamed to, because the package handles more than only webgl.
  • scene.Exit() - a Scene now also requires an Exit() function, alongside the Hide() and Show() it already required.
  • -> - Our packages engo, ecs and gl should now be imported using the path.
  • engi.XXX -> engo.XXX - We renamed our package engi to engo.


Engo, originally known as Engi was written by ajhager as a general purpose Go game engine. With a desire to build it into an "ECS" game engine, it was forked to After passing through several iterations, it was decided that the project would be rebranded and rereleased as Engo on its own GitHub organisation.


Thank you to everyone who has worked on, or with Engo. None of this would be possible without you, and your help has been truly amazing.

These are 3rd party projects that have made engo possible.