Version: 3.2.6
Building wxGTK port with Win32 GDK backend

GTK+ widget toolkit has multiple GDK backends and one of them is Win32. It is a wrapper around Windows API.

See http://www.gtk.org/download/win32.php

These notes don't consider building wxGTK with X11 backend under Windows.

Building steps:

  1. wxGTK/Win32 build is similar to wxMSW one and you should have configured and be able to build wxWidgets as described in Installing wxWidgets for Windows
  2. wxGTK/Win32 is disabled by default in wxWidgets, you need to enable it in bakefiles manually. Apply following patch manually or using Cygwin:
        patch -p0 < docs/msw/gtkfix.patch
    
    Regenerate required make/project files:
    cd build\bakefiles
    bakefile_gen
    
  3. Download GTK+ for Windows and uncompress files in the directory without spaces in the name. We suppose later that GTK+/Win32 is in the C:\gtk directory.
    http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/binaries/win32/gtk+/2.24/gtk+_2.24.10-1_win32.zip
    
  4. Building

4.1 If you are using Visual C++ project files you need to setup GTK+ 2 include directories

C:\gtk\lib\include\gtk-2.0
C:\gtk\lib\include\glib-2.0
C:\gtk\lib\include\cairo
C:\gtk\lib\include\pango-1.0
C:\gtk\lib\include\gdk-pixbuf-2.0
C:\gtk\lib\include\atk-1.0
C:\gtk\lib\glib-2.0\include
C:\gtk\lib\gtk-2.0\include

and library directory

C:\gtk\lib\

See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/t9az1d21(v=vs.90).aspx

Open solution file in build\msw directory, select "GTK+ Debug" solution configuration and build the solution. To be sure that everything is as expected you can build minimal sample.

GTK+ is linked to wxWidgets always as DLL, so C:\gtk\bin directory should be in PATH% environment variable before application run.

4.2 You can also build using nmake:

set INCLUDE=C:\gtk\lib\glib-2.0\include\;C:\gtk\lib\gtk-2.0\include\;C:\gtk\include\cairo\;C:\gtk\include\pango-1.0\;C:\gtk\include\gtk-2.0\;C:\gtk\include\glib-2.0\;C:\gtk\include\gdk-pixbuf-2.0\;C:\gtk\include\atk-1.0\;
set LIB=C:\gtk\lib\;
set PATH=C:\gtk\bin\;%PATH%;

nmake -f makefile.vc "TOOLKIT=GTK" "TOOLKIT_VERSION=2"

or with MinGW:

set CXXFLAGS=%CXXFLAGS% -IC:\gtk\include\gtk-2.0
set CXXFLAGS=%CXXFLAGS% -IC:\gtk\include\glib-2.0
set CXXFLAGS=%CXXFLAGS% -IC:\gtk\include\cairo
set CXXFLAGS=%CXXFLAGS% -IC:\gtk\include\pango-1.0
set CXXFLAGS=%CXXFLAGS% -IC:\gtk\include\gdk-pixbuf-2.0
set CXXFLAGS=%CXXFLAGS% -IC:\gtk\include\atk-1.0
set CXXFLAGS=%CXXFLAGS% -IC:\gtk\lib\glib-2.0\include
set CXXFLAGS=%CXXFLAGS% -IC:\gtk\lib\gtk-2.0\include
set CFLAGS=%CXXFLAGS%
set LDFLAGS=%LDFLAGS% -LC:\gtk\lib
set PATH=C:\gtk\bin\;%PATH%;

mingw32-make -f makefile.gcc "TOOLKIT=GTK" "TOOLKIT_VERSION=2"
  1. Now you can use wxGTK/Win32 as wxMSW in your applications.