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GTK+ Review

" A multi-platform widget toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs). "

GTK+, formerly GIMP Toolkit, is a cross-platform widget toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Originally developed for Windows system, you can now use GTK+ on GNU/Linux and Unix, Mac OS X and mobile devices, under the GMAE (GNOME Mobile and Embeded initiative).

GTK+ offers a set of widgets suitable for projects ranging from small one-off tools to complete application suites. It has an easy to use API to speed up application development time.

GTK+ is written in C but thanks to the language bindings available, it supports a wide range of languages, not only C/C++. Using GTK+ from languages such as Perl and Python, especially in combination with the Glade GUI Builder, provides an effective method of rapid application development.

GTK+ has a comprehensive collection of core widgets and interfaces for application development:
  • Windows (normal window or dialog, about and assistant dialogs)
  • Displays (label, image, progress bar, status bar)
  • Buttons and toggles (check buttons, radio buttons, toggle buttons and link buttons)
  • Numerical (horizontal or vertical scales and spin buttons) and text data entry (with or without completion)
  • Multi-line text editor
  • Tree, list and icon grid viewer (with customizable renderers and model/view separation)
  • Combo box (with or without an entry)
  • Menus (with images, radio buttons and check items)
  • Toolbars (with radio buttons, toggle buttons and menu buttons)
  • GtkBuilder (creates your user interface from XML)
  • Selectors (color selection, file chooser, font selection)
  • Layouts (tabulated widget, table widget, expander widget, frames, separators and more)
  • Status icon (notification area on Linux, tray icon on Windows)
  • Printing widgets
  • Recently used documents (menu, dialog and manager)

GTK+ is built on top of GLib. GLib provides the fundamental algorithmic language constructs commonly duplicated in applications.

Features of GLib includes:
  • Object and type system
  • Main loop
  • Dynamic loading of modules
  • Thread support
  • Timer support
  • Keyed data lists
  • Memory allocator
  • Threaded Queues (synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Double ended, singly and doubly linked lists
  • Hash tables
  • Arrays
  • Warnings and assertions
  • N-ary trees and balanced binary trees
  • String utilities and charset handling
  • Lexical scanner and XML parser
  • Base64 (encoding & decoding)
  • Standard macros

Features of GTK+ Toolkit:
  • Native look and feel
  • Theme support
  • Thread safety
  • Object oriented approach
  • Internationalization
  • Localization
  • Accessibility
  • Bidirectional text support (LTR/RTL, Left To Right/Right To Left)
  • UTF8 support
  • Documentation

GNU/Linux and Unix

You will need to get the GLib, GObject-Introspection, Pango, Gdk-Pixbuf, ATK and GTK+ packages to build GTK+.


You will need the GLib, cairo, Pango, ATK, gdk-pixbuf and GTK+ developer packages to build software against GTK+. To run GTK+ programs you will also need the gettext-runtime, fontconfig, freetype, expat, libpng and zlib packages.

The packages here are for people who develop software that uses GTK+. This page is not intended directly for end-users. It is expected that people who build installers for GTK+ applications for Windows bundle GTK+ with them.

If you find choosing, downloading and unpacking the individual zip archives below a chore, there is an all-in-one bundle of the GTK+ stack including 3rd-party dependencies. The bundle contains both run-time and developer files.



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