ActionScript Library

Here is a round up of some of the most popular ActionScript 3.0 (AS3) libraries out there to use. Let me know if I have missed an important one off.

NOTE: This list was originally for my personal use (that I thought I would share), it is not intended to compete with or replace the list maintained by OSFlash.

Update 29/10/08: Ted Patrick has put together a list of ActionScript Cloud/ServiceAPIs that he going to highlight during his Adobe MAX 2008 keynote presentation.

Update 28/11/08: I have just come across the Actionscript Classes website. A very handy resource.

Update 11/01/09: Rich Tretola has a small list of AS3 Libs on his blog EverythingFlex.

Update 12/01/09: The Flashchemist has compiled a similar list on his blog.

Update 27/02/09: Check out Spark Project which includes the FLARToolkit for Augmented Reality

Update 11/08/09: I just stumbled across this (old) list of projects.

Update 19/12/09: Sean “theflexguy” Moore has just written a blog entry called ‘List of 34 More ActionScript 3.0 APIs‘. This is a follow-up to his original post ‘List of 22 ActionScript 3.0 API’s‘.

Update 22/12/09: “30+ ‘Must Try’ Open Source Actionscript 3 Libraries” and “30 MORE Awesome Open Source AS3 Libraries”

Update 28/01/10: “30 Classes AS3 bem úteis!”

Update 29/01/10: “15 Awesome ActionScript 3 Frameworks To Inspire Your Next Project”

Update 24/02/10: Emanuele Feronato has a good list of Isometric Engines on his blog

Update 19/03/10: Tom Krcha has posted a list of Flash Gaming Engines, plus a few others that were new to me

Update 09/07/10: FluxDb has a huge list of AS3 Libraries

3D Engines

Papervision3D

http://blog.papervision3d.org/

Away 3D

http://www.away3d.com/

Sandy 3D

http://www.flashsandy.org/

Alternativa Platform

http://blog.alternativaplatform.com/en/

FIVe3D

http://five3d.mathieu-badimon.com/

WireEngine3D (we3d) – A lightweight and fast 3D Engine for Flash 8/9.

http://osflash.org/we3d/

Sharikura

http://temp.roxik.com/datas/physics/

Infinity3d – In Russian

http://www.infinity3d-engine.com

AS3Dmod – A cross-engine 3d modifier library for Flash

http://code.google.com/p/as3dmod/

nd3d – ND3D is a small and lightweight AS3 3D Engine

http://code.google.com/p/nd3d/

Flare3D – Export from Autodesk’s 3DSMax and then control using ActionScript (Commercial)

http://www.flare3d.com/

3D Game Engines

PaperWorld 3D

http://paperworld3d.com/

Yogurt3D

http://www.yogurt3d.com/

2D Game Engines

Citrus Engine – Flash Sidescrolling Platform Game Engine (Commercial)

http://www.citrusengine.com/

FlashPunk – Provide you with a fast, clean framework for prototyping and developing games.

http://flashpunk.net/

flixel – A collection of Actionscript 3 files that helps organize, automate, and optimize Flash games.

http://flixel.org/

PixelBlitz Engine -A game framework for Actionscript3

http://www.photonstorm.com/pixelblitz-engine

PushButton Engine – An Open Source, Flash game engine and framework that’s designed for a new generation of games.

http://pushbuttonengine.com/

Isometric Engines

as3isolib – An open-source ActionScript 3.0 Isometric Library

http://as3isolib.wordpress.com/

FFilmation – AS3 Isometric Engine

http://www.ffilmation.org/

isoengineas3 – Flash Isometric Engine AS3

http://sourceforge.net/projects/isoengineas3/

OpenSpace – Commercial

http://www.openspace-engine.com/

Sean Cooper Isometric Engine – Commercial

http://www.games.seantcooper.com/IsometricEngine.aspx

TheoWorlds – Commercial

http://www.theoworlds.com/products.php

T.I.L.E. (Tangerine Isometric Level Editor) – Commercial

http://www.tangerinepop.com/ then click on “TECH”

3D Animation Framework

Cast3D

http://www.cast3d.org/

3D Physics Engines

WOW-Engine

http://seraf.mediabox.fr/wow-engine/

jiglibflash

http://www.jiglibflash.com/blog/

Augmented Reality

FLARToolkit

http://www.libspark.org/wiki/saqoosha/FLARToolKit/en

FLARManager

http://words.transmote.com/wp/flarmanager/

ARtisan

http://onezerothrice.com/artisan/

Animation Tweening Engines

Desuade Motion Package – A breakthrough AS3 library that combines keyframe-sequencing, physics, and tweening.

http://desuade.com/dmp

TweenNano – 1.6k TweenLite with Some Sacrifices

http://www.greensock.com/tweennano/

TweenLite

http://blog.greensock.com/tweenliteas3/

TweenMax

http://blog.greensock.com/tweenmaxas3/

TimelineLite – Sequence/Group Multiple Tweens, Control Them as a Whole

http://www.greensock.com/timelinelite/

TimelineMax – Sequence/Group Multiple Tweens, Control Them as a Whole

http://www.greensock.com/timelinemax/

Tweener – A class for creating tweens in actionscript 2 and 3 – because there’s infinity between 0 and 1.

http://code.google.com/p/tweener/

Tweensy

http://www.lostinactionscript.co … ne-tweensy-preview/

TweensyZero – A light weight version of Tweensy.

http://code.google.com/p/tweensy/wiki/TweensyZero

GoASAP (ActionScript Animation Platform)

http://www.goasap.org/

AS3 Animation System 2.0

http://www.boostworthy.com/blog/?p=170

Animation Package

http://www.alex-uhlmann.de/flash/animationpackage/

KitchenSync – KitchenSync is an ActionScript 3.0 library for sequencing animations and other time-based actions.

http://code.google.com/p/kitchensynclib/

Gyro – A tween and animation library for ActionScript 3.

http://code.google.com/p/gyro-actionscript-animation/

gTween

http://www.gskinner.com/blog/arc … tween_a_new_tw.html

HydroTween + HydroSequence (based on GoASAP)

http://blog.hydrotik.com/2008/07 … ydrosequence-rev32/

AS3 Easing

http://www.uza.lt/codex/as3-easing/

Twease

http://code.google.com/p/twease/

BetweenAS3

http://www.be-interactive.org/wo … ide_betweenas3.html

ByteTween – Light weight engine (focusing in low Kb increase and not being a do-it-all engine).

http://code.google.com/p/thelaboratory-tween/

Eaze – Blazing fast, chainable and compact Flash AS3 tweening library

http://code.google.com/p/eaze-tween/

Actuate – Tween library for Actionscript 3

http://code.google.com/p/actuate/

grape-as3 – Path-based ActionScript 3 animation library

http://blog.generalrelativity.or … -animation-library/

RabbitTween – A new fast and easy transition/tween engine for Flash AS3

http://blog.open-design.be/2009/ … gine-for-flash-as3/

Tweaser – The anti-tween engine

http://www.tweaser.org/

NanoTween – Small, lightweight tweening tool for Flash ActionScript 3

http://labs.eric-decker.com/2010/07/nanotween/

2D Physics Engines

APE (Actionscript Physics Engine)

http://www.cove.org/ape/index.htm

Box2DFlashAS3

http://box2dflash.sourceforge.net/

FOAM – 2D Rigid Body Physics Engine.

http://code.google.com/p/foam-as3/

glaze – 2D Rigid Body Dynamics & Game Engine for Actionsctipt 3.

http://code.google.com/p/glaze/

motor2

http://lab.polygonal.de/motor_physics/

Fisix Engine

http://www.fisixengine.com/default.asp

PopShapes

http://lab.andre-michelle.com/physics-engine/

Collision Detection Kit

http://coreyoneil.com/portfolio/index.php?project=5

QuickBox2D – A mini-library created to work with Box2DFlashAS3

http://actionsnippet.com/?page_id=1391

Security

AS3Crypto

http://crypto.hurlant.com/

Audio Libraries

Popforge – ActionScript 3 code sandbox for various packages.

http://code.google.com/p/popforge/

Sonoflash – Dynamic AS3 Audio (Commercial)

http://www.sonoflash.com/

Particle Systems

FLiNT

http://flintparticles.org/

Partigen (Not free)

http://desuade.com/products/partigen/

Pulse Particle System – A general purpose AS3 particle system.

http://www.rogue-development.com/pulseParticles.html

Emitter – ActionScript 3.0 particle FX engine.

http://code.google.com/p/emitter/

Stardust – ActionScript 3.0 Particle engine.

http://code.google.com/p/stardust-particle-engine/

Orion – An all around simple and flexible particle generator.

http://blog.coursevector.com/orion

particlesun – A 3D or 2D Particle Engine for Actionscript 3.0

http://code.google.com/p/particlesun/

Data Visualization

Flare – Create interactive data visualizations for the web.

http://flare.prefuse.org/

Loading Kits

BulkLoader – A library for managing multiple loadings with Actionscript 3 (AS3).

http://code.google.com/p/bulk-loader/

LoaderMax – Smart AS3 Loading

http://www.greensock.com/loadermax/

Masapi – Flash/Flex/AIR AS3 Framework for the massive loading (MassLoad)

http://code.google.com/p/masapi/

QueueLoaderAS3 – an actionscript library for sequential asset loading and monitoring

http://wiki.github.com/hydrotik/QueueLoader/

SomaLoader – A lightweight loading manager written in AS3

http://www.soundstep.com/blog/downloads/somaloader/

OOP Frameworks

Cairngorm

http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/cairngorm/Cairngorm

PureMVC

http://puremvc.org/

Mate

http://mate.asfusion.com/

Swiz – Brutally simple micro-architecture for Rich Internet Application development with Adobe Flex

http://code.google.com/p/swizframework/

HydraMVC – A rewrite of the PureMVC API exclusively for Flex

http://www.hydramvc.com/

RobotLegs – An Architectural (or Structural) Action Script 3 Framework

http://shaun.boyblack.co.za/blog/category/robotlegs/

Gaia – An open-source front-end Flash Framework for AS3 and AS2 designed to dramatically reduce development time

http://www.gaiaflashframework.com/

LayerGlue – A framework aimed at rapid website development for Flash & Flex.

http://www.layerglue.com

Slide – An application framework for Flex 2 and Flex 3

http://code.google.com/p/flex-slide/

Guasax – an ease of use programming framework to provide ordered and scalable Flex applications

http://www.guasax.com/

VEGAS – an AS3, AS2 and SSAS OpenSource Framework

http://code.google.com/p/vegas/

Parsley – an application framework for Flex/Flash/AIR applications written in AS3

http://www.spicefactory.org/parsley/

LowRa – AS3 version of pixlib.

http://code.google.com/p/lowra/

CASA Lib – An Open Source Code Library for ActionScript 2.0 & 3.0

http://casalib.org/

FlashMVC – A flexable lightweight framework engine for AS3.

http://www.flashmvc.com/

Hive – A state-based MVC framework for AS3.

http://code.google.com/p/as-hive/

Soma and SomaUI – An AS3 MVC framework and software to generate an AS3 flash site based on it.

http://www.soundstep.com/blog/downloads/somaui/

Spring Actionscript – An offshoot of the Java-based Spring Framework.

http://www.springactionscript.org/

SmartyPants IOC – Dependency Injection for Adobe Flex and Flash

http://smartypants.expantra.net/

fosfr – AS3 open source framework

http://code.google.com/p/fosfr/

Flight Framework

http://flightxd.com/flightframework/

CycleFramework – A view management and development oriented framework

http://code.google.com/p/cycleframework/

Other APIs and libraries

facebook-actionscript-api – Actionscript API for the Facebook platform.

http://code.google.com/p/facebook-actionscript-api/

as3facebooklib – ActionScript 3.0 API for Facebook.

http://code.google.com/p/as3facebooklib/

Yahoo Maps API

http://developer.yahoo.com/flash/maps/

corelib – ActionScript 3.0 library for several basic utilities (JPEG Encoding, MD5 Hashing, JSON Serialization).

http://code.google.com/p/as3corelib/

as3flexunitlib – ActionScript 3.0 framework for unit testing.

http://code.google.com/p/as3flexunitlib/

as3flickrlib – ActionScript 3.0 API for Flickr.

http://code.google.com/p/as3flickrlib/

as3mapprlib – ActionScript 3.0 API for Mappr.

http://code.google.com/p/as3mapprlib/

as3syndicationlib – ActionScript 3.0 library for handling syndication feeds.

http://code.google.com/p/as3syndicationlib/

as3odeolib – ActionScript 3.0 API for Odeo.

http://code.google.com/p/as3odeolib/

as3youtubelib – ActionScript 3.0 API for YouTube.

http://code.google.com/p/as3youtubelib/

as3ebaylib – ActionScript 3.0 API for eBay.

http://code.google.com/p/as3ebaylib/

as3awss3lib – ActionScript 3.0 library for interacting with Amazon S3.

http://code.google.com/p/as3awss3lib/

as3soundeditorlib – Actionscript 3.0 library for sound playback, spectrum display, and cue point display.

http://code.google.com/p/as3soundeditorlib/

as3ds – AS3 Data Structures For Game Developers.

http://code.google.com/p/as3ds/

as3notificationlib – A notification framework written in AS3 for the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR).

http://code.google.com/p/as3notificationlib/

as3preferenceslib – An AIR library for storing preferences.

http://code.google.com/p/as3preferenceslib/

as3nativealertlib – An AIR alert that appears in a native window.

http://code.google.com/p/as3nativealertlib/

ASCOLLADA – actionscript library for parsing Collada files.

http://code.google.com/p/ascollada/

FZip – An Actionscript 3 class library to load, modify and create standard ZIP archives.

http://codeazur.com.br/lab/fzip/

AS3 Zip Library – An ActionScript 3 based library for reading and writing zip files.

http://nochump.com/blog/?p=15

lastfm-as3 – Actionscript 3.0 API to access the Last.fm web services.

http://code.google.com/p/lastfm-as3/

MapQuest

http://company.mapquest.com/mqbs/4a.html

Modest Maps – A display and interaction library for tile-based maps in Flash.

http://www.modestmaps.com/

as3cards – An ActionScript 3.0 card engine and example games.

http://code.google.com/p/as3cards/

flexircclient – ActionScript 3 based IRC library.

http://code.google.com/p/flexircclient/

AsWing – A GUI framework and library that allows programmers to make their flash application(or RIA) UI easily.

http://www.aswing.org/

as3httpclient – ActionScript 3 utils/classes to extend HTTP/HTTPS APIs in Flash Player 9 (onwards).

http://code.google.com/p/as3httpclient/

DistortionTweener

http://evolve.reintroducing.com/ … -distortiontweener/

ascanvas – An adapter of HTML Canvas and fl.display.Graphics

http://code.google.com/p/ascanvas/

dopplr-as3 – actionscript 3 code for accessing data from dopplr.com’s api.

http://code.google.com/p/dopplr-as3/

FC64 – an Open-Source Commodore 64 Emulator.

https://mirror1.cvsdude.com/trac/osflash/fc64/

Google Maps API

http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/flash/intro.html

gmaps-utility-library-flash – Google Maps API for Flash Utility Library.

http://code.google.com/p/gmaps-utility-library-flash/

FVNC – VNC Client for Flash Player 9 and above.

http://osflash.org/fvnc

AS3 Parametric Curve Library

http://www.algorithmist.net/as3pc.html

AWI – AMFPHP-WordPress Integration.

http://www.klr20mg.com/awi/ (in Spanish)

as3webservice – Open-source Webservice class implementation in AS3 for Flash CS3 IDE.

http://code.google.com/p/as3webservice/

as3jayrock – AS3 wrapper for Jayrock communication.

http://code.google.com/p/as3jayrock/

ASAP Library – A library for the development of maintainable, multi-movie, interactive applications.

http://asaplibrary.org/

WordPress XML-RPC API

http://blog.absentdesign.com/?page_id=22

as3maillib – An ActionScript 3 email library.

http://code.google.com/p/as3maillib/

AlivePDF – ActionScript 3 Open-Source PDF Library – 100% client side PDF generation.

http://alivepdf.bytearray.org/

purepdf – Flash/Actionscript library for creating PDF files.

http://code.google.com/p/purepdf/

SWFAddress – Deep linking for Flash.

http://www.asual.com/swfaddress/

Flash Camouflage – Skinning framework for AS3.

http://code.google.com/p/flash-camouflage/

Flexlib – Open Source Flex Component Library.

http://code.google.com/p/flexlib/

Yahoo Astra Flash Components

http://developer.yahoo.com/flash/astra-flash/

as3-fullscreen-lib – A small lib used for scalling content to the full size of the browser.

http://code.google.com/p/as3-fullscreen-lib/

coordy – An Actionscript 3 Layout Framework.

http://code.google.com/p/coordy/

vectorvision – Vectors in papervision3D.

http://code.google.com/p/vectorvision/

WiiFlash – Communication between the Wiimote and Flash.

http://code.google.com/p/wiiflash/

Stats – A simple info box that will help you monitor your code performance.

http://code.google.com/p/mrdoob/wiki/stats

Flash-Optimizing-Tools – APIs that can help optimize a Flash application

http://github.com/EladElrom/Flash-Optimizing-Tools/

twitterscript – Twitter API in ActionScript

http://code.google.com/p/twitterscript/

oauth-as3 – OAuth Actionscript library (useful for Twitter clients).

http://code.google.com/p/oauth-as3/

OAuth – AS3/Flex OAuth Library (useful for Twitter clients).

http://github.com/srohde/OAuth/tree/master

NabaztagAPI – Nabaztag API wrapper for Actionscript 3.

http://www.iotashan.com/NabaztagExplorer/

SWFObject – Standards-friendly method to embed Flash content using one JavaScript file.

http://code.google.com/p/swfobject/

tweetr – AS3 Twitter API

http://code.google.com/p/tweetr/

myLib – A powerful open source framework designed for advanced components programming with Adobe Flash AS3 projects.

http://mylib.samystudio.net/

as3scribdlib – ActionScript 3.0 API for Scribd

http://code.google.com/p/as3scribdlib/

FDOT – A collection of ActionScript 3 classes that make hard things easier.

http://onflash.org/ted/2009/08/fdot-making-hard-things-easier.php

xpath-as3 – An XPath implementation for ActionScript 3.0

http://code.google.com/p/xpath-as3/

DirectorAS3 – Library for SlideShowPro Director

http://www.tuftandco.net/DirectorAS3/

SWX – The Native Data Format for Adobe Flash

http://code.google.com/p/swx-format/

openplatform-flash – AS3 client library for The Guardian Open Platform

http://code.google.com/p/openplatform-flash/

ARTionscript – An AS3 ‘Generative Art’ Framework

http://artionscript.com/

ffffound-as3-api – FFFFOUND! (unofficial) AS3 API

http://toki-woki.net/blog/p336-ffffound-as3-api

colormunch – Actionscript (AS3) library for the Adobe Kuler API

http://code.google.com/p/colormunch/

GpxAS3 – A library for parsing and manipulating GPX (GPS Exchange Format) files.

http://github.com/ryanstewart/GpxAS3/tree

gaforflash – Google Analytics Tracking For Adobe Flash

http://code.google.com/p/gaforflash/

minimalcomps – Minimal ActionScript 3.0 code only UI components (Keith Peters)

http://code.google.com/p/minimalcomps/

HYPE Framework – A collaborative visual framework (Branden Hall and Joshua Davis)

http://hype.joshuadavis.com/

TempoLite – A small, efficient media library

http://blog.coursevector.com/tempolite

SoundManager – Makes adding sounds to your projects super simple

http://evolve.reintroducing.com/2008/07/15/news/as3-soundmanager/

TextFlowPro – Enables you to flow a series of textfields together so that they act as a single text container

http://www.gskinner.com/blog/arc … ditable_multif.html

AnimatedBitmap – Provides functionality for Bitmap objects that are animated by using a series of still images

http://blog.hexagonstar.com/animatedbitmapclass/

Active Window Blur

http://blog.onebyonedesign.com/?p=81

SWFsize – Works with SWFObject and provides control over the swf’s container metrics

http://chargedweb.com/swfsize/

as3-signals – Signals is a new approach for AS3 events, inspired by C# events and signals/slots in Qt

http://wiki.github.com/robertpenner/as3-signals/

swffit – Not an AS3 library, but a JavaScript file that adds scrollbars to the browser when smaller than a specified size

http://swffit.millermedeiros.com/

libscorm – Not an AS3 library, but a JavaScript library for creating SCORM 2004 courses in Flash or HTML

http://code.google.com/p/libscorm/

pipwerks.SCORM – Adding basic SCORM functionality to an existing Flash file

http://pipwerks.com/2008/04/27/h … e-to-a-flash-movie/

custom-context-menu – Capture right-click events in Flash / Flex (AS 3)

http://code.google.com/p/custom-context-menu/

Library & LibraryManager – For using external assets in your flash projects.

http://www.tink.ws/blog/library-librarymanager/

DataStructures – HaXe/AS3 library for game developers

http://code.google.com/p/polygonal/

miditoflash – Receive midi events in Flash from any midi device through Java and JavaScript

http://code.google.com/p/miditoflash/

ASBlender – Actionscript 3 library for reading Blender .blend files

http://wiki.github.com/timknip/asblender/

OpenPyro – An Open Source ActionScript 3 framework built for creating Rich Internet Applications

http://www.openpyro.org/

TurboSignals – A library implementing the signals and slots design pattern

http://jacksondunstan.com/turbosignals

evoTinyEngine – Demo scene engine

http://www.simppa.fi/blog/opensource-demo-engine-evotinyengine/

FlashSURF – SURF (Speeded Up Robust Features) feature extraction library written in Flash using Alchemy

http://code.google.com/p/in-spirit/wiki/FlashSurf

XML-RPC – Easy way to get Flash to transfer data with an XML-RPC endpoint

http://danielmclaren.net/2007/08 … ipt-30-free-library

as3-rpclib – Actionscript 3 RPC libraries for flash-remoting(amf0), xml-rpc, json-rpc

http://code.google.com/p/as3-rpclib/

as3swf – Low level Actionscript 3 library to parse, create, modify and publish SWF files.

http://github.com/claus/as3swf

BrowserCanvas – The World’s Easiest Way to Dynamically Resize Flash

http://www.dncompute.com/blog/20 … y-resize-flash.html

Chain – Delayed function calling

http://blog.stroep.nl/2009/11/delayed-function-calling-chain/

App Analytics – Complete analyrics solution for Adobe AIR applications

http://www.appanalyticshq.com/

governor – A multithreading script engine

http://code.google.com/p/governor/

mojocolors – An Actionscript 3 color library inspired by the great Nodebox Colors library

http://code.google.com/p/mojocolors/

flashdraw3d – A very lightweight 3d drawing API for Flash

http://code.google.com/p/flashdraw3d/

Sprouts – An open-source, cross-platform project generation and configuration tool

http://projectsprouts.org/

ZaaIL – 40+ Image format support for Flash

http://www.zaalabs.com/2010/04/i … -support-for-flash/

MouseWheelTrap – A fix for unwanted simultaneous Flash and browser scrolling behaviour in AS3

http://code.google.com/p/mousewheeltrap/

FLVSlicer – A simple FLV slicer and merger

http://code.google.com/p/flvslicer/

Fluxus – AS3/Flex library registry similar to Ruby Gems

http://fluxusproject.org/

EventController – Event Management made easy

http://fla.as/ec/

as3-jaws – Just Another (AS3) Web Service Client (for .NET web service)

http://code.google.com/p/as3-jaws/

CJSignals – ActionScript 3.0 Observer Framework (a new approach for ActionScript 3.0 events)

http://code.google.com/p/cjsignals/

Reflex – A light weight component framework being built for the Flash Platform

http://reflex.io/

Merapi – A bridge between AIR and Java

http://www.merapiproject.net/

AS3-P2P-LIB – ActionScript 3 Lib for the new P2P API in Flash Player 10

http://github.com/devboy/AS3-P2P-LIB

dropbox-as3 – ActionScript 3 Dropbox API

http://code.google.com/p/dropbox-as3/

TransformManager (AS3) – Interactively Scale/Rotate/Move DisplayObjects (Commerical)

http://www.greensock.com/transformmanageras3/

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