From PyPI (pip)

ModernGL is available on PyPI for Windows, OS X and Linux as pre-built wheels. No complication is needed unless you are setting up a development environment.

$ pip install moderngl

Verify that the package is working:

$ python -m moderngl
moderngl 5.6.0
vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
renderer: GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER/PCIe/SSE2
version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 441.87
python: 3.7.6 (tags/v3.7.6:43364a7ae0, Dec 19 2019, 00:42:30) [MSC v.1916 64 bit (AMD64)]
platform: win32
code: 330


If you experience issues it’s probably related to context creation. More configuration might be needed to run moderngl in some cases. This is especially true on linux running without X. See the context section.

Development environment

Ideally you want to fork the repository first.

# .. or clone for your fork
git clone
cd moderngl

Building on various platforms:

  • On Windows you need visual c++ build tools installed:
  • On OS X you need X Code installed + command line tools (xcode-select --install)
  • Building on linux should pretty much work out of the box
  • To compile moderngl: python build_ext --inplace

Package and dev dependencies:

  • Install requirements.txt, tests/requirements.txt and docs/requirements.txt
  • Install the package in editable mode: pip install -e .