Description [src]

final class Gdk.Cursor : GObject.Object
  /* No available fields */

GdkCursor is used to create and destroy cursors.

Cursors are immutable objects, so once you created them, there is no way to modify them later. You should create a new cursor when you want to change something about it.

Cursors by themselves are not very interesting: they must be bound to a window for users to see them. This is done with gdk_surface_set_cursor() or gdk_surface_set_device_cursor(). Applications will typically use higher-level GTK functions such as gtk_widget_set_cursor() instead.

Cursors are not bound to a given GdkDisplay, so they can be shared. However, the appearance of cursors may vary when used on different platforms.

Named and texture cursors

There are multiple ways to create cursors. The platform’s own cursors can be created with gdk_cursor_new_from_name(). That function lists the commonly available names that are shared with the CSS specification. Other names may be available, depending on the platform in use. On some platforms, what images are used for named cursors may be influenced by the cursor theme.

Another option to create a cursor is to use gdk_cursor_new_from_texture() and provide an image to use for the cursor.

To ease work with unsupported cursors, a fallback cursor can be provided. If a GdkSurface cannot use a cursor because of the reasons mentioned above, it will try the fallback cursor. Fallback cursors can themselves have fallback cursors again, so it is possible to provide a chain of progressively easier to support cursors. If none of the provided cursors can be supported, the default cursor will be the ultimate fallback.


hierarchy this GdkCursor ancestor_0 GObject ancestor_0--this




Creates a new cursor by looking up name in the current cursor theme.


Creates a new cursor from a GdkTexture.

Instance methods


Returns the fallback for this cursor.


Returns the horizontal offset of the hotspot.


Returns the vertical offset of the hotspot.


Returns the name of the cursor.


Returns the texture for the cursor.

Methods inherited from GObject (43)

Please see GObject for a full list of methods.



Cursor to fall back to if this cursor cannot be displayed.


X position of the cursor hotspot in the cursor image.


Y position of the cursor hotspot in the cursor image.


Name of this this cursor.


The texture displayed by this cursor.


Signals inherited from GObject (1)

The notify signal is emitted on an object when one of its properties has its value set through g_object_set_property(), g_object_set(), et al.