since: 2.38


g_icon_serialize (
  GIcon* icon


Serializes a GIcon into a GVariant. An equivalent GIcon can be retrieved back by calling g_icon_deserialize() on the returned value. As serialization will avoid using raw icon data when possible, it only makes sense to transfer the GVariant between processes on the same machine, (as opposed to over the network), and within the same file system namespace.

Available since: 2.38

Return value

Type: GVariant

A GVariant, or NULL when serialization fails. The GVariant will not be floating.

The caller of the method takes ownership of the data, and is responsible for freeing it.
The return value can be NULL.