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(This function is part of SDL_mixer, a separate library from SDL.)


Initialize SDL_mixer.

Header File

Defined in <SDL3_mixer/SDL_mixer.h>


int Mix_Init(int flags);

Function Parameters

int flags initialization flags, OR'd together.

Return Value

(int) Returns all currently initialized flags.


This function loads dynamic libraries that SDL_mixer needs, and prepares them for use.

Note that, unlike other SDL libraries, this call is optional! If you load a music file, SDL_mixer will handle initialization on the fly. This function will let you know, up front, whether a specific format will be available for use.

Flags should be one or more flags from MIX_InitFlags OR'd together. It returns the flags successfully initialized, or 0 on failure.

Currently, these flags are:

More flags may be added in a future SDL_mixer release.

This function may need to load external shared libraries to support various codecs, which means this function can fail to initialize that support on an otherwise-reasonable system if the library isn't available; this is not just a question of exceptional circumstances like running out of memory at startup!

Note that you may call this function more than once to initialize with additional flags. The return value will reflect both new flags that successfully initialized, and also include flags that had previously been initialized as well.

As this will return previously-initialized flags, it's legal to call this with zero (no flags set). This is a safe no-op that can be used to query the current initialization state without changing it at all.

Since this returns previously-initialized flags as well as new ones, and you can call this with zero, you should not check for a zero return value to determine an error condition. Instead, you should check to make sure all the flags you require are set in the return value. If you have a game with data in a specific format, this might be a fatal error. If you're a generic media player, perhaps you are fine with only having WAV and MP3 support and can live without Opus playback, even if you request support for everything.

Unlike other SDL satellite libraries, calls to Mix_Init do not stack; a single call to Mix_Quit() will deinitialize everything and does not have to be paired with a matching Mix_Init call. For that reason, it's considered best practices to have a single Mix_Init and Mix_Quit call in your program. While this isn't required, be aware of the risks of deviating from that behavior.

After initializing SDL_mixer, the next step is to open an audio device to prepare to play sound (with Mix_OpenAudio()), and load audio data to play with that device.


This function is available since SDL_mixer 3.0.0.

See Also

CategoryAPI, CategoryAPIFunction

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