fast_pack 3.0.0

A fast texture packer for D

To use this package, run the following command in your project's root directory:

Manual usage
Put the following dependency into your project's dependences section:


A fast texture packer for D

This texture packer has two different algorithms built in: TREE and TETRIS. Choose the one that fits your needs! The texture packer is also generic! You can use chars, ints, uints, strings, etc as keys!

This relies on Adam D. Ruppe's awesome image library. Click here to see it.

If you want to learn how this works, click here.

This is written to be modular. For example:

  • You could just import the packer and pack a font with trim so it looks nice and save it to a png.
  • You can create an atlas of letters with a char keyset, export it to an image with trimming and work with it in memory.
  • Take individual texture atlasses, save the texture location data, then put it into another bigger atlas so you never have to change textures in OpenGL.

This is the texture atlas that the code below saved:

Fancy texture atlas

Here is a simple tutorial on how to use it:

import std.stdio;
import fast_pack;
import std.conv: to;
import image;

void main() {

    // In this example I am allocating the texture packer and config onto the heap to clear out the stack
    // *new is optional
    TexturePackerConfig config = *new TexturePackerConfig();
    config.showDebugEdge = true;
    config.trim = true;
    config.padding = 2;
    config.algorithm = TETRIS;

    // We give the texture packer constructer our config.
    // This is optional, but the default canvas size is 400 by 400 pixels.
    // So you might want to make that bigger!
	TexturePacker!string packer = *new TexturePacker!string(config);

    // Now we pack our textures into it
    for (int i = 1; i <= 10; i++) {
        packer.pack("blah" ~ to!string(i), "assets/" ~ to!string(i) ~ ".png");

    // You can save the texture packer as a raw image
    // The image above is what this saves to. It uses the /assets/ textures.

    // That's pretty neat, now let's create a texture atlas of texture atlases!
    TrueColorImage temp = packer.saveToTrueColorImage();

    config.expansionAmount = 200;

    TexturePacker!int superPacker = *new TexturePacker!int(config);

    for (int i = 0; i <= 30; i++) {
        writeln("packing ", i);
        superPacker.pack(i, temp);


    This seems ridiculous! But you could possibly use it to put a char array for
    font rendering, then shift all the values you get from the packer you put it into, 
    by the values from the packer you pulled the texture atlas out of via:
    Rect coords = packer.getTextureCoordinates("blah1");

    Or you use it to work with OpenGL like this:
    Note: This is using Mike Parker's awesome bindbc OpenGL library.
    You can find this here:
    TrueColorImage myTextureAtlas = packer.saveToTrueColorImage();

    GLuint width = myTextureAtlas.width();
    GLuint height = myTextureAtlas.height();
    ubyte[] tempData = myTextureAtlas.imageData.bytes;

    GLuint id = 0;
    glGenTextures(1, &id);
    glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, id);
    glPixelStorei(GL_UNPACK_ALIGNMENT, 1);
    glTexImage2D(GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0, GL_RGBA, width, height, 0, GL_RGBA, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, tempData.ptr);


    So on and so forth

    If you are asking "How can I even use this to map my textures to my vertices??"

    Well I'm so glad you asked! This comes with two additional internal types:


    These are part of the fast_pack.rect import

    Their names specify their precision and size

    Let's get the texture coordinates of...."blah3" in double precision!


    GLRectDouble myTextureCoordinates = packer.getTextureCoordinatesDouble("blah3");

    // Now let's get it as a float!

    GLRectFloat myTextureCoordinatesNotSoPrecise = packer.getTextureCoordinatesFloat("blah3");

    // We can work with these like so:

    double minX = myTextureCoordinates.minX;
    double maxY = myTextureCoordinates.maxY;

    So on and so forth

    If you want even more precision, direct pixel location access, you can do this:

    Rect coords = packer.getTextureCoordinates("blah1");

    This will give you a bunch of extra information on the specific texture as well

    Hopefully this is helpful to you! Enjoy! :D

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