Urho.Urho2D Namespace

Support for 2D games for UrhoSharp.


Urho2D includes 2D graphics and 2D physics.

A typical 2D game setup would consist of the following:

  • Create an orthographic camera
  • Create some sprites
  • Use physics and constraints to interact with the scene

Orthographic camera

To use Urho2D we need to set camera to orthographic mode first; it can be done with following code:

c# Example

// Create camera node
node cameraNode = scene.CreateChild("Camera");
// Create camera
var camera = cameraNode.CreateComponent<Camera>();
// Set camera orthographic
// Set camera ortho size (the value of PIXEL_SIZE is 0.01)
camera.SetOrthoSize((float)graphics.Height * PIXEL_SIZE);


Urho2D provides a handful of classes for loading/drawing the kind of sprite required by your game. You can chose from animated sprites, 2D particle emitters and static sprites.

Animated Sprites

Workflow for creating animated sprites in Urho2D relies on Spriter (c). Spriter is a crossplatform tool for creating 2D animations. It comes both as an almost fully featured free version and a more advanced 'pro' version. Free version is available at http://www.brashmonkey.com/spriter.htm. To get started, scml files from bin/Data/Urho2D folder can be loaded in Spriter. Note that although currently Spriter doesn't support spritesheets/texture atlases, Urho2D does: you just have to use the same name for your scml file and your spritesheet's xml file (see Static sprites below for details on how to generate this file). Example 33_Urho2DSpriterAnimation is a good demonstration of this feature (scml file and xml spritesheet are both named 'imp' to instruct Urho2D to use the atlas instead of the individual files). You could remove every image files in the 'imp' folder and just keep 'imp_all.png' to test it out. However, keep your individual image files as they are still required if you want to later edit your scml project in Spriter.

A *.scml file is loaded using AnimationSet2D class (a Resource) and rendered using Urho2DAnimatedSprite2D class (Drawable component):

Particle Emitters

A 2D particle emitter is built from a PEX file (a format used by many 2D engines). PEX files ared loaded using ParticleEffect2D class and rendered using ParticleEmitter2D class.

ParticleEffect2D Holds the definition from a PEX file defining the behavior and texture of a 2D particle (ParticleEmitter2D). For an example, see bin/Data/Urho2D/greenspiral.pex.

ParticleEmitter2D: used to display a ParticleEffect2D. Equivalent to a 3D ParticleEmitter. For a demonstration, check example 25_Urho2DParticle.

Static Sprites

Static sprites are built from single image files or from spritesheets/texture atlases. Single image files are loaded using Sprite2D class and spritesheets/texture atlases are loaded using SpriteSheet2D class. Both are rendered using StaticSprite2D class.

  • Sprite2D: an image defined with texture, texture rectangle and hot spot.
  • SpriteSheet2D: a texture atlas image (that packs multiple Sprite2D images).
  • StaticSprite2D: used to display a Sprite2D. Equivalent to a 3D StaticModel. 

You can assign a material to an image by creating a xml parameter file named as the image and located in the same folder. For example, to make the box sprite (bin/Data/Urho2D/Box.png) nearest filtered, create a file Box.xml next to it, with the following content:

xml Example

    <filter mode="nearest" />

To control sprite opacity, use StaticSprite2D.Alpha and you can also tweak the color alpha using StaticSprite2D.Color.

By default, sprite hotspot is centered, but you can choose another hotspot by setting the HotSpot property.

Background and layers

To set the background color for the scene, use Renderer.DefaultZone and set the Zone.FogColor property.

You can use different layers in order to simulate perspective. In this case you can use Drawable2D.Layer and Drawable2D.OrderInLayer to organise your sprites and arrange their display order.

Finally, note that you can easily mix both 2D and 3D resources. 3D assets' position need to be slightly offset on the Z axis (z=1 is enough), Camera's position needs to be slightly offset (on the Z axis) from 3D assets' max girth and a Light is required.


Urho2D implements rigid body physics simulation using the Box2D library. You can refer to Box2D manual at http://box2d.org/manual.pdf for full reference. 

PhysicsWorld2D class implements 2D physics simulation in Urho3D and is mandatory for 2D physics components such as RigidBody2D, CollisionShape2D or Constraint2D.

Rigid Body Components

RigidBody2D is the base class for 2D physics object instance.

The avaialble rigid body types are defined in the BodyType2D enumeration, and they are Static, Dynamic and Kinematic. See the documentation for BodyType2D for more information.

Collision shapes components

Check Box2D manual - Chapter 4 Collision Module and Chapter 7 Fixtures for full reference.


Important: collision shapes must match your textures in order to be accurate. 

You can use Tiled's objects to create your shapes (see Tile map objects). Or you can use tools like Physics Body Editor (https://code.google.com/p/box2d-editor/), RUBE (https://www.iforce2d.net/rube/), LevelHelper (http://www.gamedevhelper.com/levelhelper/), PhysicsEditor (http://www.codeandweb.com/physicseditor), ... to help you. Other interesting tool is BisonKick (https://bisonkick.com/app/518195d06927101d38a83b66/).

Use PhysicsWorld2D.DrawShape in combination with PhysicsWorld2D.DrawDebugGeometry to toggle shapes visibility.

Fixtures and Collision Filtering

Box2D fixtures are implemented through the CollisionShape2D base class for 2D physics collision shapes.

Constraint Components

Constraints ('joints' in Box2D terminology) are used to constrain bodies to an anchor point or between themselves.

See the documentation for Constraint2D for more information and details about the list of all the different kind of constraints

Physics queries

The following queries into the physics world are provided:

Unary geometric queries (queries on a single shape)

Shape point test: test if a point is inside a given plain shape and returns the body if true. Use GetRigidBody(). Point can be a Vector2 world position, or more conveniently you can pass screen coordinates when performing the test from an input (mouse, joystick, touch). Note that only plain shapes are supported, this test is not applicable to CollisionChain2D and CollisionEdge2D shapes.

Shape ray cast: returns the body, distance, point of intersection (position) and normal vector for the first shape hit by the ray. Use RaycastSingle().

Binary functions

World queries (see Box2D manual - Chapter 10 World Class)

Physics events

Tile maps

Loading a TMX tile map file

A TMX file is loaded using TmxFile2D resource class and rendered using TileMap2D component class. You just have to create a TileMap2D component inside a node and then assign the tmx resource file to it.

c# Example

var tileMapNode = scene.CreateChild("TileMap”);var tileMap = tileMapNode.CreateComponent<TileMap2D>();tileMap.tmxFile = cache.GetResource("TmxFile2D", "Urho2D/isometric_grass_and_water.tmx");

Note that: currently only XML Layer Format is supported (Base64 and CSV are not). In Tiled, go to Maps > Properties to set 'Layer Format' to 'XML'. if 'seams' between tiles are obvious then you should make your tilesets images nearest filtered (see Static sprites section above.)

TMX tile maps

Once a tmx file is loaded in Urho, use GetInfo() to access the map properties through TileMapInfo2D class. 

A map is defined by its: orientation: Urho2D supports both orthogonal (flat) and isometric (strict iso 2.5D and staggered iso) tile maps. Orientation can be retrieved with orientation_ attribute (O_ORTHOGONAL for ortho, O_ISOMETRIC for iso and O_STAGGERED for staggered) width and height expressed as a number of tiles in the map: use width_ and height_ attributes to access these values width and height expressed in Urho2D space: use GetMapWidth() and GetMapHeight() to access these values which are useful to set the camera's position for example tile width and tile height as the size in pixels of the tiles in the map (equates to Tiled width/height * PIXEL_SIZE): use tileWidth_ and tileHeight_ attributes to access these values 

Two convenient functions are provided to convert Tiled index to/from Urho2D space: 

  • TileIndexToPosition() to convert tile index to Urho position
  • PositionToTileIndex() to convert Urho position to tile index (returns false if position is outside of the map) 

You can display debug geometry for the whole tile map using DrawDebugGeometry().

TMX Tile Map Tilesets and Tiles.

A tile map is built from fixed-size sprites ('tiles', accessible from the Tile2D class) belonging to one or more 'tilesets' (=spritesheets).

Each tile is characterized by its: grid ID (ID in the tileset, from top-left to bottom-right): use GetGid() sprite/image (Sprite2D): use GetSprite() property: use HasProperty() and GetProperty() Tiles from a tileset can only be accessed from one of the layers they are 'stamped' onto, using GetTile() (see next section).

TMX Tile Map Layers

A tile map is composed of a mix of ordered layers. The number of layers contained in the tmx file is retrieved using GetNumLayers(). 

Accessing layers : from a TileMap2D component, layers are accessed by their index from bottom (0) to top using GetLayer() function. 

A layer is characterized by its: 

  • name: currently not accessible
  • width and height expressed as a number of tiles: use GetWidth() and GetHeight() to access these values
  • type: retrieved using GetLayerType() (returns the type of layer, a TileMapLayerType2D: Tile=LT_TILE_LAYER, Object=LT_OBJECT_GROUP, Image=LT_IMAGE_LAYER and Invalid=LT_INVALID)
  • custom properties : use HasProperty() and GetProperty() to check/access these values

Layer visibility can be toggled using SetVisible() (and visibility state can be accessed with IsVisible()). Currently layer opacity is not implemented. Use DrawDebugGeometry() to display debug geometry for a given layer. 

 By default, first tile map layer is drawn on scene layer 0 and subsequent layers are drawn in a 10 scene layers step. For example, if your tile map has 3 layers: bottom layer is drawn on layer 0 middle layer is on layer 10 top layer is on layer 20 

You can override this default layering order by using SetDrawOrder(), and you can retrieve the order using GetDrawOrder(). 

You can access a given tile node or tileset's tile (Tile2D) by its index (tile index is displayed at the bottom-left in Tiled and can be retrieved from position using PositionToTileIndex()): 

 to access a tile node, which enables access to the StaticSprite2D component, for example to remove it or replace it, use GetTileNode() 

to access a tileset's Tile2D tile, which enables access to the Sprite2D resource, gid and custom properties (as mentioned above), use GetTile() 

An Image layer node or an Object layer node are accessible using GetImageNode() and GetObjectNode().

TMX Tile Map Objects

Tiled objects are wire shapes (Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Polyline) and sprites (Tile) that are freely positionable in the tile map.

IMPORTANT: make sure that 'Rectangle' and 'Ellipse' objects' size is not zero, otherwise your whole scene won't render and you won't have any clue to debug (this is due to the fact that 'width' and 'height' fields are not saved in the tmx file when their value is zero). 

Accessing Tiled objects : from a TileMapLayer2D layer, objects are accessed by their index using GetObject(). GetNumObjects() returns the number of objects contained in the object layer (tile and image layers will return 0 as they don't hold objects). 

Use GetObjectType() to get the nature of the selected object (TileMapObjectType2D: OT_RECTANGLE for Rectangle, OT_ELLIPSE for Ellipse, OT_POLYGON for Polygon, OT_POLYLINE for PolyLine, OT_TILE for Tile and OT_INVALID if not a valid object).

Objects' properties (Name and Type) can be accessed using respectively GetName() and GetType(). Type can be useful to flag categories of objects in Tiled. 

 Except Tile, objects are not visible (although you can display them for debugging purpose using DrawDebugGeometry() at the level of the tile map or a given layer, as mentioned previously). They can be used:

  • To easily design polygon sprites and Box2D shapes using the object's vertices: use GetNumPoints() to get the number of vertices and GetPoint() to iterate through the vertices
  • As placeholders to easily set the position and size of entities in the world, using GetPosition() and GetSize()
  • To display Tile objects as sprites
  • To create a background from Tile sprites

Additionaly Sprite2D resource from a Tile object is retrieved using GetTileSprite(). 

 If need be you can access the grid id (relative to the tilesets used) of a Tile object using GetTileGid().


AnimatedSprite2D Animated sprite component, it uses to play animation created by Spine (http://www.esotericsoftware.com) and Spriter (http://www.brashmonkey.com/).
AnimationSet2D Spriter animation set, it includes one or more animations, for more information please refer to http://www.esotericsoftware.com and http://www.brashmonkey.com/spriter.htm.
BodyType2D Rigid body type.
CollisionBox2D 2D box collision component.
CollisionChain2D 2D chain collision component.
CollisionCircle2D 2D circle collision component.
CollisionEdge2D 2D edge collision component.
CollisionPolygon2D 2D polygon collision component.
CollisionShape2D 2D collision shape component.
Constraint2D 2D physics constraint component.
ConstraintDistance2D 2D distance constraint component.
ConstraintFriction2D 2D friction constraint component.
ConstraintGear2D 2D gear constraint component.
ConstraintMotor2D 2D motor constraint component.
ConstraintMouse2D 2D mouse constraint component.
ConstraintPrismatic2D 2D prismatic constraint component.
ConstraintPulley2D 2D pulley constraint component.
ConstraintRevolute2D 2D revolute constraint component.
ConstraintRope2D 2D rope constraint component.
ConstraintWeld2D 2D weld constraint component.
ConstraintWheel2D 2D wheel constraint component.
CurveTypeCurve type for the 
Drawable2D Base class for 2D visible components.
EmitterType2D 2D particle emitter types.
LoopMode2D Loop mode.
Orientation2D Orientation.
ParticleEffect2D 2D particle effect resource.
ParticleEmitter2D 2D particle emitter component.
PhysicsBeginContact2DEventArgsEvent arguments for the PhysicsWorld2D's PhysicsBeginContact2D event
PhysicsEndContact2DEventArgsEvent arguments for the PhysicsWorld2D's PhysicsEndContact2D event
PhysicsWorld2D 2D physics simulation world component. Should be added only to the root scene node.
PropertySet2D Property set.
Renderer2D 2D renderer component.
RigidBody2D 2D rigid body component.
Sprite2D Sprite loaded from a file.
SpriteSheet2D Sprite sheet - texture atlas image that packs multiple Sprite2D images.
StaticSprite2D Static sprite renderer component.
Texture2D 2D texture resource.
Tile2D Tile define.
TileMap2D Tile map component.
TileMapLayer2D Tile map component.
TileMapLayerType2D Tile map layer type.
TileMapObject2D Tile map object.
TileMapObjectType2D Tile map object type.
TmxFile2D Tile map file.
TmxImageLayer2D Tmx image layer.
TmxLayer2D Tmx layer.
TmxObjectGroup2D Tmx image layer.
TmxTileLayer2D Tmx tile layer.