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This page contains descriptions and links to the latest versions of all the components that the DirectX team at Microsoft has built or are actively working on.

DirectX Runtimes and SDKs

Component Description Link
DirectX 12 Agility SDK SDKs with support for the latest DirectX 12 features that run on Windows 10 Version 1909 (Windows 10 November 2019 Update) and up DirectX 12 Agility SDK Landing Page

Note that the DirectX team will keep on shipping DirectX 12 updates with Windows 10; the Agility SDK is intended for developers looking to bring our latest features to a large install base

D3D12on7 Windows 7-compatible DirectX 12 runtime with support for the RS5 (Windows 10 October 2018 Update) feature set Porting DirectX 12 Games to Windows 7
DirectStorage DirectStorage is a feature intended to allow games to make full use of high-speed storage (such as NVMe SSDs) that can can deliver multiple gigabytes a second of small (eg 64kb) data reads with minimal CPU overhead DirectStorage API Downloads

DirectStorage API Now Available on PC

Other DirectX NuGet Redistributable Packages Microsoft.DXSDK.D3DX provides the legacy D3DX9, D3DX10, and D3DX11 utility libraries for maintaining older codebases and includes side-by-side redistributable binaries

Microsoft.XAudio2.Redist provides XAudio 2.9 for Windows 7 SP1 or later with side-by-side redistributable binaries

Microsoft.DXSDK.D3DX NuGet

Microsoft.XAudio2.Redist NuGet

Legacy Runtimes Developers maintaining older software can still find the legacy runtime installer and SDK DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010)

Legacy DirectX SDK

Microsoft Desktop Bridge “DirectX Framework” Packages: x86 / x64



Component Description Link
DirectX Shader Compiler aka DXC Compiler and related tools used to compile High-Level Shader Language (HLSL) programs into DirectX Intermediate Language (DXIL) representation DirectXShaderCompiler repo

Note that the Windows 10 SDK already comes with a version of the Shader Compiler. Downloading the latest Shader Compiler is recommended for developers looking for the newest HLSL features

PIX on Windows Microsoft’s DirectX debugging and profiling tool, allowing devs to find issues and do performance tuning PIX Download Page
WinPixEventRuntime Runtime package letting developers instrument PIX Events in their titles to enhance PIX captures WinPixEventRuntime
DirectX Capabilities Viewer Developer tool for viewing Direct3D hardware feature levels and optional feature support for Direct3D devices DxCapsViewer repo
DirectX Debugging Tools (D3DDred.js) WinDbg JavaScript extension that makes it much easier to debug D3D12 DRED (Device Removed Extended Data) state after a device removed event DirectX-Debugging-Tools repo



Component Description Link
DirectML High-performance, hardware-accelerated DirectX 12 library for machine learning, providing GPU acceleration for common machine learning tasks across a broad range of supported hardware and drivers DirectML repo
WinML High-performance API for deploying hardware-accelerated machine learning inferences on Windows devices Introduction to WinML

Windows-Machine-Learning repo

Win2D Windows Runtime API for immediate mode 2D graphics rendering with GPU acceleration Win2D repo
DWriteCore Text layout and glyph rendering API, now supported in Project Reunion DWriteCore overview



Component Description Link
DirectX Headers Repo hosting the official Direct3D 12 headers, available under MIT. Includes the latest version of the D3DX12.H helper library DirectX-Headers repo
DirectX Tool Kit for DX12 aka DirectXTK12 Collection of helper classes for writing DirectX 12 code in C++ DirectXTK12 repo
D3D12 Residency Starter Library Library intended as a steppingstone to heaps/committed resources in a D3D12 app D3DX12Residency repo
D3D12 MultiGPU Starter Library aka Affinity Layer Library to help apps kickstart their MultiGPU implementation. Called the affinity layer because execution and resources can be ‘affinitized’ to one or more GPUs in the system D3DX12AffinityLayer repo
DirectXTex Texture processing helpers including BC codecs, mipmap generation, normal map conversion, etc. DirectXTex repo
DirectXMesh Geometry processing helpers including normals/tangent generation, vertex cache optimization, and meshtlet generation DirectXMesh repo
DirectXMath All-inline SIMD C++ linear algebra library for use in games and graphics apps DirectXMath repo


Samples and Reference Info

Resource Description Link
Official DirectX Documentation Documentation for using DirectX to build Win32 apps Microsoft docs page
DirectX Specs Engineering specs for several DirectX features. This supplements the Official DirectX Documentation above with an extra level of detail that can be useful to expert developers. DirectX-Specs repo
DirectX 12 Graphics Samples DirectX 12 Graphics samples that demonstrate how to build graphics intensive applications for Windows 10 DirectX-Graphics-Samples repo
DirectX YouTube Channel Talks, demos and presentations about DirectX 12 Microsoft DirectX 12 and Graphics Education channel
DirectX Discord Server One-stop shop for DirectX-related questions and discussion DirectX Discord
DirectX Twitter Twitter handle for DirectX news @DirectX12
DirectX Developer Blog You’re already here! Be sure to check this blog for announcements and posts about DirectX DirectX Developer Blog
Chuck Walbourn’s Blog Technical tips, tricks, and news about game development for Microsoft platforms including Desktop, Xbox, and UWP


Mapping Layers

Component Description Link
OpenCL and OpenGL Compatibility Pack for Windows 10 on ARM OpenCL and OpenGL mapping layers to DirectX 12 OpenCL™ and OpenGL® Compatibility Pack in the Microsoft Store

See OpenCLon12 repo and the D3D12 driver in Mesa3d. This component also uses Clang/LLVM and libclc, along with Khronos’ SPIRV-LLVM-Translator and SPIRV-Tools.

D3D11on12 Maps graphics commands from D3D11 to D3D12. Note that D3D11On12 is not an implementation of the D3D11 API, but is instead an implementation of the D3D11 usermode DDI (device driver interface). D3D11On12 repo
D3D12 Translation Layer Helper library for translating graphics concepts and commands from a D3D11-style domain to a D3D12-style domain. D3D12TranslationLayer repo
ANGLE Abstraction layers allowing WebGL and other OpenGL ES content to run on DirectX 9 and 11 Google’s ANGLE repo