To use Spine in your project, you must do the following high level steps. Each step will be explained in detail below:

  1. Link your game project against FlatRedBall Source

  2. Link your game project against the Spine

  3. Load the Spine shader (.fx) file

You can use Spine purely in code, or you can use Spine in the FlatRedBall Editor by adding the Spine plugin. The FlatRedBall Editor plugin enables adding Spine files (skeleton and atlas) to your FlatRedBall project. The plugin generates code for loading these files.

To use the Spine plugin, you must also install the SpinePlugin .plug file.

Linking to Source

The first step is to link your FlatRedBall project to source. To link your game to FlatRedBall Source, see the Building FlatRedBall From Source page.

Once you have linked your game to FlatRedBall Source, you need to link your game to FlatRedBall.Spine.MonoGame.DesktopGL. As of January 15, 2024, MonoGame DesktopGL is the only platform that supports FlatRedBall.Spine. New platforms will likely be added over time. If you are planning on targeting a new platform, make a request on Discord.

To add FlatRedBall.Spine to your project:

  1. Clone the repository for FlatRedBall.Spine

  2. Open your project in Visual Studio

  3. Right-click on your Solution in the Solution Explorer

  4. Select Add -> Existing Project...

  5. Navigate to the folder where you cloned FlatRedBall.Spine and select <FlatRedBall.Spine Root>/Source/FlatRedBall.Spine.MonoGame.DesktopGL.csproj

  6. Link FlatRedBall.Spine.MonoGame.DesktopGL in your game project's dependencies.

Your project should now link to FlatRedBall.Spine.MonoGame.DesktopGL.csproj.

Adding FlatRedBall.Spine Plugin

Although it is not necessary, using the FlatRedBall.Spine plugin is recommended as it can reduce the amount of code necessary to work with Spine. To install the FlatRedBall.Spine plugin:

  1. Download the SpinePlugin.plug file from the Releases page

  2. Select Plugin->Install Plugin in FlatRedBall

  3. Use the ... button to locate and select the SpinePlugin.plug file, then click OK

  4. Restart FlatRedBall

Once you have restarted FlatRedBall, you should see Spine listed in the installed plugin. Select Plugins -> Manage Plugins, and scroll down to make sure the plugin has installed.

Alternative - Adding FlatRedBall.Spine Plugin from Source

Alternatively you can clone the Spine plugin if you prefer to build from source and diagnose problems. To do this:

  1. Clone the FlatRedBall.Spine repository If you clone both FRB and this repository to the same root Github location, then the file links will work correctly

  2. Open SpinePlugin/SpinePlugin.sln

  3. Build->Rebuild the plugin

The latest plugin .dll will be built and also copied over to the Glue output folder.

Loading the Spine Shader

The SpineShader is required to render Spine. To load the Spine Shader:

  1. Download SpineEffect.fx file from the Releases page

  2. Add the SpineEffect.fx file to GlobalContent by drag+dropping the file into your Global Content Files folder in FlatRedBall

  3. Open Game1.cs and add the following code in Initialize after GeneratedInitialize();:


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