Doryen library

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Doryen Library (libtcod)
Library project
Developer Kyle Benesch
Released May 01 2008 (1.0.0)
Updated May 21 2021 (1.18.1)[1]
Status Stable
Licensing BSD License[2]
P. Language C, C++
Platforms Windows, Haiku, Linux, Mac OS X
Dependencies SDL
Official site of Doryen Library (libtcod)

Library project
Developer Kyle Benesch
Released 2009-01-31 (1.0.0)
Updated 2021-06-15 (12.6.2)[3]
Status Stable
Licensing BSD License[4]
P. Language Python
Platforms Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Dependencies SDL, libtcod
Official site of Python-tcod

The Doryen Library

Also known as libtcod, the Doryen Library is a collection of utilities originally built for The Chronicles of Doryen by Jice. The library has received many contributions from the community[5] and is now maintained by HexDecimal.

It is meant to be an uncomplicated library for roguelike developers.

Features :

  • windowed or full screen console with true color support
  • Mersenne twister and Complementary Multiply With Carry random number generator
  • inbuilt support for dice (string parsing, rolling)
  • Bresenham line drawing toolkit
  • Perlin, Simplex and Wavelet noise generator
  • field of view toolkit with 5 different algorithms
  • image toolkit with support for rotation/stretching and subcell resolution blitting
  • mouse support
  • bsp toolkit
  • heightmap toolkit
  • pathfinding toolkit (A* and Dijkstra)
  • antialiased and Unicode font support
  • custom/dynamic font characters mapping
  • PNG images support
  • customizable name generator with 20 predefined syllable sets


Python-tcod is the official Python port. This port was able to fix significant performance issues with the previous ports by using NumPy arrays to pass data to the C library. This library is backwards compatible with the original Python bindings "libtcodpy" which have been deprecated.

Other ports

Since C is relatively easy to port the Doryen Library is sometimes ported to various languages. The simplistic language bindings included with libtcod other than C++ are no longer maintained.

See also