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(original author: Matthäus G. Chajdas)

nsl is a source-to-source compiler aimed at providing a meta-shading-language which will eventually get compiled to HLSL, GLSL and plain C. The main goal is flexibility and easy hacking.


All of this is provided under the BSD license. See the COPYING file for details.


All you need is a working Python 3 installation. nsl has been tested with Python 3.4. In a virtualenv, install the dependencies as specified in requirements.txt.


To run the tests, simply invoke ./ from the main directory. To see it compile, use, which parses a small example shader and pretty prints it back to the console after all compiler passes have been run.


What's working?

  • A lexer/parser built on PLY
  • An abstract syntax tree is generated
  • A type computation/legalization pass. This pass resolves overloaded functions, operators, and computes all types.
  • Pretty printing
  • Various debug outputs
  • A minimal standard library

What's missing from making this useful?

  • A code generator for GLSL/HLSL
  • The standard library lacks many functions and classes (textures, etc.)


If you want to contribute, please fork the source and contact me so I know you're there and you want to work on this.