Programming language: Java
License: MIT License
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[LITIENGINE Logo](core/src/main/resources/litiengine-banner.png "LITIENGINE Logo")

LITIENGINE is a free and open source Java 2D Game Engine. It provides a comprehensive Java library and a dedicated map editor to create tile-based 2D games.

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:video_game: Main Features

  • Basic Game Infrastructure (GameLoop, Configuration, Resource Management, Logging, ...)
  • 2D Render Engine (GUI Components, Spritesheet Animations, Ambient Lighting, Particle System, ...)
  • 2D Sound Engine (support for .wav, .mp3 and .ogg)
  • 2D Physics Engine
  • Support for Tile Maps in .tmx format (e.g. made with Tiled Editor)
  • Player Input via Gamepad/Keyboard/Mouse
  • Entity Framework

:gear: Installation

:elephant: Gradle

The LITIENGINE Java library is hosted on the Maven Central Repository, i.e. fetching it with Gradle is as simple as configuring your source repository and defining the dependency as shown below.

Groovy syntax:

repositories {

dependencies {
  implementation 'de.gurkenlabs:litiengine:0.5.2'

Kotlin Syntax:

repositories {

dependencies {

Other ways of installing and using LITIENGINE

For alternative ways of downloading and applying LITIENGINE to your project, visit our Getting Started Guide.

:books: Documentation

The LITIENGINE documentation contains in-depth explanations, guides, and tutorials for general concepts of the engine.


If you are searching for a particular method or class within the API or just want to further explore the engine's capabilities and structure, the Javadocs are a good place to start: Javadocs


You've found yourself trying to work out a feature of the engine that is not yet documented? Join our community in the official LITIENGINE forum or on Discord for troubleshooting.

Bugs and Issues

You've encountered an obvious issue or bug with LITIENGINE or want to request enhancements and features? File an issue in our Issue Tracker.

:package: Libraries Used


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:handshake: Contributing

If you've decided to help out with LITIENGINE's development - you're awesome! And here's what you need to to:


LITIENGINE is created by two Bavarian brothers known as gurkenlabs:

Steffen Wilke Matthias Wilke
steffen-wilke nightm4re94

:speech_balloon: Links and Social Media

Sponsors and supporters

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*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Litiengine README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.