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SDL, or Simple Direct Media Layer, is a cross-platform multimedia free software library that creates an abstraction over various platforms' graphics, sound, and input APIs.


  • Gnash can use SDL as a GUI and/or as a sound handler. Note that the two usages are independent of each other: you can use it for a task and not for the other if you wish.
  • As of 2007-01-11 the SDL GUI lacks menus and a performant input event architecture; the SDL sound handler is the most feature rich, supporting Video through FFmpeg.
  • The SDL-sound handler uses ffmpeg or libmad for decoding mp3-audio, though it can be built without mp3-support.
  • It is recommended to use the SDL sound handler since it is more feature complete.