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In computer programming, widget toolkits (or GUI toolkits) are sets of basic building elements for graphical user interfaces. They are often implemented as a library, or application framework.
See widget (computing) for a list of widgets.
Popular widget toolkits
- Low-level widget toolkits:
- Integrated in the operating system:
- As a separate layer on top of the operating system:
- The X Window System contains primitive building blocks, but they are almost always accessed using either Motif, GTK+ or Qt.
- High-level widget toolkits:
- On Macintosh:
- On Microsoft Windows:
- On Unix, under the X Window System:
- Cross-platform, based on the Java programming language:
- The Abstract Windowing Toolkit is used in Java applications. It typically uses another toolkit on the selected platform in turn.
- Swing is Sun Microsystems's replacement for AWT in newer Java versions.
- The Standard Widget Toolkit is a native widget toolkit for Java that was invented as part of the Eclipse project. SWT will use the running platforms widget toolkit (such as Windows API or GTK+) underneath.
- Cross-platform, based on the programming languages C or C++, often with bindings to other languages:
- Tk, a widget set accessed from Tcl and other high-level script languages.
- GTK+, open source (LGPL), primarily for the X Window System, ported to and emulated under other platforms; used in the GNOME desktop environment
- Qt, open source (GPL) under Linux / X Window, proprietary under Mac OS and MS Windows; used in KDE
- wxWidgets (formerly wxWindows), open source (relaxed LGPL), abstracts toolkits across several platforms for C++, Python and Perl
- FOX toolkit, open source (LGPL), genuinely cross-platform
- FLTK, open source (LGPL), cross-platform toolkit designed to be small and fast