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All things live coding Awesome

A curated list of live coding languages and tools

This list was created with the intention of giving a quick-glance over the many possibilities to engage in this practice. For further information, head over to TOPLAP.

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What is live coding

Quoting Wikipedia

Live coding (sometimes referred to as 'on-the-fly programming', 'just in time programming' and 'conversational programming') is a performing arts form and a creativity technique centred upon the writing of source code and the use of interactive programming in an improvised way.

Websites

  • TOPLAP - The home of Live Coding.

Community

  • FORUM - A web-based 'discourse' forum for in-depth discussion and exchange around live coding.
  • CHAT - A host of many (slack-like) active chat rooms around live coding activities, topics and technologies (discord servers are currently more active for chat - see below)
  • Discord servers
  • We.LURK - An email-based discussion system including several livecoding and algorave related forums. (mostly inactive)
  • /r/livecoding - The Live Coding subreddit.
  • LiveCoders - A semi-curated, rather incomplete list of people doing live coding in the performing arts.
  • Algorithmic Music @ LinuxMusicians - A section of the popular LinuxMusicians forum for discussing live coding languages.

Languages

(In Alphabetical Order)

  • afterglow - A live-coding lighting controller, building on the Open Lighting Architecture with Clojure and bits of Overtone.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
lisp
FLOSS
audio
  • Alda - A music programming language for musicians.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
FLOSS
audio
  • Atomiix - A re-implementation and re-invigoration of ixi lang.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
JavaScript
FLOSS
SuperCollider
audio
  • ChucK - Strongly-timed, Concurrent, and On-the-fly Music Programming Language.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
FLOSS
audio
  • clive - Live-coding audio in C.

GNU/Linux
C
FLOSS
audio
  • Conductive - A set of Haskell libraries for livecoding and real-time music applications.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
haskell
SuperCollider
FLOSS
audio
  • Cyril - A programming language designed for fast prototyping of visualisations and livecoding visuals.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
openFrameworks
FLOSS
visuals
  • Extempore - (Previously Impromptu) A programming language and runtime environment designed to support 'cyberphysical programming'.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
lisp
FLOSS
audio
  • Fluxus - A rapid prototyping, playing and learning environment for 3D graphics, sound and games.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux | Android | PS2
racket-lang
lisp
FLOSS
visuals
  • FoxDot - Live Coding with Python and SuperCollider.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
Python
SuperCollider
FLOSS
audio
  • Gibber - Creative coding for JavaScript.

Google Chrome | Mozilla Firefox
web
JavaScript
FLOSS
audio
visuals
  • Improviz - An environment for using and abusing primitive shapes and animated textures.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
Haskell
FLOSS
visuals
  • Iannix - A graphical open-source sequencer for digital art

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
JavaScript
FLOSS
audio
Open Sound Control
visuals
  • ixi lang - An experimental project concerned with the creation of digital musical instruments and environments for generative music.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
FLOSS
SuperCollider
audio
  • i-score - An interactive sequencer that allows live programming of OSC-enabled applications, through a visual language and JavaScript scripting.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
C++
FLOSS
audio
  • Krill - Tidal cycle like live coding in NodeJS / Browser.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
NodeJS
Browser
FLOSS
midi
  • LiveCodeLab - A web-based language and environment for VJs, musicians and graphic artists. Allows for immediate and engaging run-as-you-type prototyping, also used in education.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
web
FLOSS
visuals
audio
  • Max - A visual programming language for media.

Windows | macOS
graphical-language
Commercial
audio
visuals
  • Mercury - A highly abstracted minimal language for the live coding of algorithmic music designed to make code more accessible for the performer and less obfuscating for the audience.

Windows | macOS
audio
visuals
MaxMSP

Windows | GNU/Linux
FLOSS
audio
  • Mosaic - An openFrameworks based Visual Patching Creative-Coding Platform.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
FLOSS
graphical-language
audio
visuals
  • Motifn - Code music in Javascript that plays in your DAW or browser

Google Chrome | Mozilla Firefox
web
JavaScript
MIDI
audio
WebAudio
  • mutate4l - Live coding integrated into Ableton Live's session view.

Windows | macOS
Max for Live
C#
FLOSS
audio
  • Negasonic - Live coding in the browser with Ruby.

Google Chrome | Mozilla Firefox
web
Ruby
FLOSS
audio
  • ORCΛ - An esoteric live coding environment with two-dimensional syntax.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
audio
FLOSS
  • Overtone - An open source audio environment designed to explore new musical ideas from synthesis and sampling to instrument building, live-coding and collaborative jamming.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
SuperCollider
lisp
FLOSS
audio
FLOSS
  • PraxisLive - Hybrid visual IDE for live creative coding.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
Java
Processing
GLSL
graphical-language
FLOSS
visuals
audio
  • Pure Data - An open source visual programming language that can be used to process and generate sound, video, 2D/3D graphics, and interface sensors, input devices, and MIDI.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
graphical-language
FLOSS
audio
visuals
  • ~~re<urse~~ - A language for generating musical patterns.

abandoned
Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
TypeScript
FLOSS
audio
  • Repetition.sc - A set of tools to build a SequenceableCollection of Events.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
SuperCollider
FLOSS
audio
  • serialist - A live coding environment that generates MIDI messages.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
JavaScript
FLOSS
audio
  • Skoar - A high-level language for coding music with SuperCollider.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
SuperCollider
Python
FLOSS
audio
  • Sonic Pi - The Live Coding music synth for everyone.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
Ruby
SuperCollider
FLOSS
audio
  • Speccy - Live code 8-bit algorave in ClojureScript.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
web
FLOSS
audio
lisp
  • Steno - Concatenative little metalanguage for live coding.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
SuperCollider
FLOSS
audio
  • SuperCollider - A platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition, used by musicians, artists, and researchers working with sound.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
FLOSS
audio
  • synth-x - An experimental live coding environment for making music created with modern web technologies.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
JavaScript
nodejs
audio

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linxux
Haskell
SuperCollider
FLOSS
audio
  • TimeLines - A modular synthesizer for live coding the flow of time.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
FLOSS
Haskell
SuperCollider
audio
  • tinyspec - A C++ live-coding environment for overlap-add (re)synthesis.

GNU/Linux
C++
FLOSS
audio
  • Tinalla - Framework Regex based for language parsing written in javascript.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
FLOSS
Javascript
SuperCollider
audio
  • Tweakable - Visual programming for music, sound and video, used by artists and musicians to make interactive art and music on the web.

Google Chrome | Microsoft Edge
PWA
web
JavaScript
MIDI
audio
visuals
WebAudio
  • Vivid - Haskell synth live coding.

Haskell
SuperCollider
FLOSS
audio
  • Vuo - A realtime visual programming language for interactive media.

macOS
visual-language
FLOSS | Commercial
visuals
  • vvvv - A hybrid visual/textual live-programming environment for easy prototyping and development.

Windows
visual-language
Freeware | Commercial
visuals
  • WASM-music - A live-coding environment for performance, composition and synthesis in the web-browser.

Google Chrome | Mozilla Firefox
web
JavaScript
MIDI
audio
WebAudio
  • Wulfcode - A Midi live-coding environment for performance or composition.

macOS | Windows* | GNU/Linux*
FLOSS
audio
  • wide - Multi-instrumental, polyphonic, "DSLish" API for live coding music in C++.

macOS | Windows | GNU/Linux
FLOSS
audio
  • xi - A domain-specific language for Live Coding musical patterns in Ruby.

Windows | macOS | GNU/Linux
Ruby
SuperCollider
FLOSS
audio

Libraries and tools

(Also in Alphabetical Order)

  • ANSIedad - Generate visuals through a terminal emulator using ANSI escape codes.
  • Arcadia - Live coding Clojure in Unity3D.
  • Automationism - A modular synthesiser that runs in the open source programming language Pure Data.
  • blink - A library which allows you to edit source code of any Windows C++ project live at runtime.
  • Bonzomatic - GLSL and HLSL live coding environment, originally designed for live coding competitions at demoparties.
  • CHmUsiCK - Library to make ChucK a 'more algorave like' language.
  • cl-collider - A SuperCollider client for CommonLisp.
  • dafxpipe - Software for live coding audio effects and synths.
  • disclojure - A live coding environment for Overtone and Leipzig.
  • EspGrid - Synchronization and sharing for network music.
  • Extramuros - Language-neutral shared-buffer networked live coding system.
  • Flok - Web-based P2P collaborative editor for live coding music and graphics.
  • Fragment - Collaborative live GLSL coding environment, additive/spectral/granular synthesizer.
  • The Force - WebGL live coding performance IDE.
  • Gibberwocky - Use Gibber inside Max/MSP and Max4Live.
  • Gideros - Lua 2D game engine with live coding capabilities.
  • glslViewer - Live GLSL coding render for macOS and Linux.
  • hsc3 - A Haskell SuperCollider client.
  • hydra - Live Coding networked visuals in the browser.
  • HYLOGEN - An embedding of GLSL in Haskell.
  • incudine - Music/DSP programming environment for Common Lisp.
  • isobar - A Python library for algorithmic composition by expressing and constructing musical patterns.
  • jet-live - A library which implements c++ hot code reload approach for Linux and macOS.
  • KodeLife - Real-time GPU shader editor, live-code performance tool and graphics prototyping sketchpad.
  • LiCK - Library for ChucK, provides intervals, chords, scales, arpeggiators, patterns, effects, etc.
  • LiveCore - Library for live coding inside Reaktor Core.
  • LÖVELive :two_hearts: - Live coding framework for LÖVE(2D Game Engine).
  • Lua2SC - Lua client for superCollider scsynth and supernova.
  • Motifn - Code music in Javascript that plays in your DAW or browser
  • Petal - A small language on Sonic Pi with similar syntax to TidalCycles.
  • pytebeat - A piece of software for doing livecoding bytebeat performances.
  • P5LIVE - p5.js collaborative live-coding vj environment!
  • p5-live - Live Coding for p5.js.
  • REPL Mode - This mode adds in a Read-Evaluate-Print-Loop console to Processing 3.0.
  • Republic - SuperCollider library for conversational coding.
  • Ronin - LISP repl for graphics livecoding.
  • s2hs2 - An interface between TidalCycles and Processing.
  • Siren - A tracker interface that embodies abstractions where programming is realized as the medium for pattern sequencing in a modular fashion.
  • sonic-pixels - Interactive lighting effects for Sonic Pi.
  • Supriya - A Python API for SuperCollider.
  • tidal-autocode - Auto-generates patterns for TidalCycles (requires Atom editor).
  • tidal-chord - An add-on to the amazing live coding project TidalCycles.
  • TidalFX - A haskell package adding weirder effects to Tidal from non-standard UGens.
  • tidal-maxmsp - Connecting the Tidal live coding environment to MaxMSP.
  • TidalUnity - An interface between TidalCycles and Unity 3D.
  • Tidal-Unity - TidalCycles meets Unity 3D.
  • tida1vm - Another TidalCycles environment inside Docker.
  • tidebox - TidalCycles live coding environment inside a Docker container.
  • total-serialism - A NodeJS package filled with methods designed for algorithmic composition.
  • Troop - Real-time collaborative live coding with FoxDot.
  • VEDA - Real-time GLSL editor for Atom.
  • WavTexture - A Unity example showing how to bake a waveform of an audio clip into a texture and use it in a shader.
  • ZeroBrane Studio - Editor that allows live coding using Lua language.

To Watch

Documentaries and features

Performances, talks, etc

To Read

To Dance

  • Algorave - Embrace the alien sounds of raves from the past, and introduce alien, futuristic rhythms and beats made through strange, algorithm-aided processes.
  • Eulerroom - Algorithmic music streams, mainly live coded and/or algorave but possibly also stranger things.
  • Algorave Guidelines - Guidelines to host an Algorave.

Conferences

  • ICLC - International Conference on Live Coding.
  • FARM - Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modeling, and Design.
  • ICLI - International Conference on Live Interfaces.
  • NIME - New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference.

Related lists

Acknowledgement

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