Chipmunk is a simple, lightweight, fast and portable 2D rigid body physics library written in C. It's licensed under the unrestrictive, OSI approved MIT license. My aim is to give 2D developers access the same quality of physics you find in newer 3D games. I hope you enjoy using Chipmunk, and please consider donating to help make it worth our time to continue to support Chipmunk with great new features.
Howling Moon Software (my company) is available for contracting if you want to make the physics in your game really stand out. Given our unique experience with the library, we can help you use Chipmunk to it's fullest potential. Feel free to contact us through our webpage: http://howlingmoonsoftware.com/contracting.php
The Objective-Chipmunk directory contains an Objective-C wrapper for the Chipmunk Physics Library as well as some sample code from shipping iPhone Apps. One reason Chipmunk was written in C was to allow easy wrapping for other languages. The primary advantages of a native Objective-C API include integrating with the Cocoa memory management model and the Chipmunk Object protocol. The Chipmunk Object protocol unifies the basic Chipmunk types as well as making it easy to create and manage custom composite collections of the basic types. Additionally, the wrapper adds many convenience methods for doing common setup tasks as well as helper methods that integrate it with the rest of the Cocoa Touch API and basic datatypes used on the iPhone. The wrapper tries to do things the Objective-C way, adding useful method variations where it makes sense to do so. If you are an iPhone developer, Objective-Chipmunk will definitely save you time.
To try Objective-Chipmunk in your own projects see Objective-Chipmunk/Objective-Chipmunk/Readme.rtf.
Mac OS X: There is an included XCode project file for building the static library and demo application. Alternatively you could use the CMake files. A Mac OS X version of Objective-Chipmunk is available for free upon request. We don't do regular builds as few people seem interested in it.
iPhone: If you want a native Objective-C API, check out the Objective-Chipmunk directory for the Objective-C binding and some sample code from shipping iPhone Apps. It is inexpensive to license and should save you a lot of time. Otherwise, the XCode project can build a static library with all the proper compiler settings. Alternatively, you can just run iphonestatic.command in the macosx/ directory. It will build you a fat library compiled as release for the device and debug for the simulator. After running it, you can simply drop the Chipmunk-iPhone directory into your iPhone project!
UNIXes: A forum user was kind enough to make a set of CMake files for Chipmunk. This will require you to have CMake installed. To build run 'cmake .' then 'make'. This should build a dynamic library, a static library, and the demo application. A number of people have had build errors on Ubuntu due to not having GLUT or libxmu installed.
Windows: Visual Studio projects are included in the msvc/ directory. I do not maintain these personally, but a number of forum members have assisted with them.
Ruby: I've been using maintaining a Ruby extension for Chipmunk, but at this time is not up to date with all the latest changes. It has been tested and builds under Linux and OS X using CMake however 'cmake -D BUILD_RUBY_EXT=ON .; make'. A forum member has been working on an FFI based extention (http://github.com/erisdiscord/chipmunk-ffi), and that may be a better way to take advantage of Chipmunk from Ruby. Another forum user has offered to maintain the non-FFI version of the extension. Stay tuned.
First of all, you can find the C API documentation in the doc/ directory.
A good starting point is to take a look at the included Demo application. The demos all just set up a Chipmunk simulation space and the demo app draws the graphics directly out of that. This makes it easy to see how the Chipmunk API works without worrying about the graphics code. You are free to use the demo drawing routines in your own projects, though it is certainly not the recommended way of drawing Chipmunk objects as it pokes around at the undocumented parts of Chipmunk.
If you are looking at Objective-Chipmunk for the iPhone, we have a number of example projects and tutorials in the Objective-Chipmunk directory.
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CHANGES SINCE 5.3.3:
* FIX: cpBodyActivate() can now be called from collision and query callbacks. This way you can use the setter functions to change properties without indirectly calling cpBodyActivate() and causing an assertion.
* FIX: cpArbiterGetContactPointSet() was returning the collision points for the normals.
* FIX: cpSpaceEachBody() now includes sleeping bodies.
* FIX: Shapes attached to static rogue bodies created with cpBodyNewStatic() are added as static shapes.
* MISC: Applied a user patch to update the MSVC project and add a .def file.
CHANGES SINCE 5.3.2:
* API: Added cpArbiteGetCount() to return the number of contact points.
* API: Added helper functions for calculating areas of Chipmunk shapes as well as calculating polygon centroids and centering polygons on their centroid.
* API: Shape queries. Query a shape to test for collisions if it were to be inserted into a space.
* API: cpBodyInitStatic() and cpBodyNewStatic() for creating additional static (rogue) bodies.
* API: cpBodySleepWithGroup() to allow you to create groups of sleeping objects that are woken up together.
* API: Added overloaded *, +, - and == operators for C++ users.
* API: Added cpSpaceActivateShapesTouchingShape() to query for and activate any shapes touching a given shape. Useful if you ever need to move a static body.
* FIX: Fixed an extremely rare memory bug in the collision cache.
* FIX: Fixed a memory leak in Objective-Chipmunk that could cause ChipmunkSpace objects to be leaked.
* MISC: C struct fields and function that are considered private have been explicitly marked as such. Defining CP_ALLOW_PRIVATE_ACCESS to 0 in Chipmunk.h will let you test which parts of the private API that you are using and give me feedback about how to build proper APIs in Chipmunk 6 for what you are trying to do.
* MISC: Allow CGPoints to be used as cpVect on Mac OS X as well as iOS.
CHANGES SINCE 5.3.1:
* FIX: Collision begin callbacks were being called continuously for sensors or collisions rejected from the pre-solve callback.
* FIX: Plugged a nasty memory leak when adding post-step callbacks.
* FIX: Shapes were being added to the spatial hash using an uninitialized bounding box in some cases.
* FIX: Perfectly aligned circle shapes now push each other apart.
* FIX: cpBody setter functions now call cpBodyActivate().
* FIX: Collision handler targets are released in Objective-Chipmunk when they are no longer needed instead of waiting for the space to be deallocated.
* API: cpSpaceSegmentQuery() no longer returns a boolean. Use cpSpaceSegmentQueryFirst() instead as it's more efficient.
* NEW: cpSpaceRehashShape() Rehash an individual shape, active or static.
* NEW: cpBodySleep() Force a body to fall asleep immediately.
* NEW: cpConstraintGetImpulse() Return the most recent impulse applied by a constraint.
* NEW: Added setter functions for the groove joint endpoints.
* MISC: A number of other minor optimizations and fixes.
CHANGES SINCE 5.3.0:
* NEW: Added a brand new tutorial for Objective-Chipmunk: SimpleObjectiveChipmunk that can be found in the Objective-Chipmunk folder.
* NEW: Proper API docs for Objective-Chipmunk.
* NEW: Updated the included Objective-Chipmunk library.
* FIX: Fixed a rare memory crash in the sensor demo.
* FIX: Fixed some warnings that users submitted.
CHANGES SINCE 5.2.0:
* FIX: Fixed the source so it can compile as C, C++, Objective-C, and Objective-C++.
* FIX: Fixed cp_contact_persistence. It was broken so that it would forget collision solutions after 1 frame instead of respecting the value set.
* OPTIMIZATION: Several minor optimizations have been added. Though performance should only differ by a few percent.
* OPTIMIZATION: Chipmunk now supports putting bodies to sleep when they become inactive.
* API: Elastic iterations are now deprecated as they should no longer be necessary.
* API: Added API elements to support body sleeping.
* API: Added a statically allocated static body to each space for attaching static shapes to.
* API: Static shapes attached to the space's static body can simply be added to the space using cpSpaceAddShape().
* NEW: New MSVC projects.
* NEW: Added boolean and time stamp types for clarity.
CHANGES SINCE 5.1.0:
* OPTIMIZATION: Chipmunk structs used within the solver are now allocated linearly in large blocks. This is much more CPU cache friendly. Programs have seen up to 50% performance improvements though 15-20% should be expected.
* API: Shape references in cpArbiter structs changed to private_a and private_b to discourage accessing the fields directly and getting them out of order. You should be using cpArbiterGetShapes() or CP_ARBITER_GET_SHAPES() to access the shapes in the correct order.
* API: Added assertion error messages as well as warnings and covered many new assertion cases.
* FIX: separate() callbacks are called before shapes are removed from the space to prevent dangling pointers.
* NEW: Added convenience functions for creating box shapes and calculating moments.
CHANGES SINCE 5.0.0:
* FIX: fixed a NaN issue that was causing raycasts for horizontal or vertical lines to end up in an infinite loop
* FIX: fixed a number of memory leaks
* FIX: fixed warnings for various compiler/OS combinations
* API: Rejecting a collision from a begin() callback permanently rejects the collision until separation
* API: Erroneous collision type parameterns removed from cpSpaceDefaulteCollisionHandler()
* MOVE: FFI declarations of inlined functions into their own header
* MOVE: Rearranged the project structure to separate out the header files into a separate include/ directory.
* NEW: Added a static library target for the iPhone.
* NEW: Type changes when building on the iPhone to make it friendlier to other iPhone APIs
* NEW: Added an AABB query to complement point and segment queries
* NEW: CP_NO_GROUP and CP_ALL_LAYERS constants
CHANGES SINCE 4.x:
* Brand new Joint/Constraint API: New constraints can be added easily and are much more flexible than the old joint system
* Efficient Segment Queries - Like raycasting, but with line segments.
* Brand new collision callback API: Collision begin/separate events, API for removal of objects within callbacks, more programable control over collision handling.