Using GTK on Windows
The Windows port of GTK is an implementation of GDK (and therefore GTK) on top of the Win32 API. When compiling GTK on Windows, this backend is the default.
Windows-specific commandline options
The Windows GDK backend can be influenced with some additional command line arguments.
- Don’t batch GDI requests. This might be a marginally useful option for debugging.
- Don’t use the Wintab API for tablet support.
- Use the Wintab API for tablet support. This is the default.
- In 256 color mode, restrict the size of the color palette to the specified number of colors. This option is obsolete.
Windows-specific environment variables
The Win32 GDK backend can be influenced with some additional environment variables.
- If this variable is set, GTK doesn’t use the Wintab API for tablet support.
- If this variable is set, GTK uses the Wintab API for tablet support. This is the default.
- Specifies the size of the color palette used in 256 color mode.
Windows-specific handling of cursors
By default the “system” cursor theme is used. This makes GTK prefer cursors that Windows currently uses, falling back to Adwaita cursors and (as the last resort) built-in X cursors.
When any other cursor theme is used, GTK will prefer cursors from that theme, falling back to Windows cursors and built-in X cursors.
Theme can be changed by setting the
gtk-cursor-theme-name GTK setting.
Users can override GTK settings in the
settings.ini file or at runtime in
the GTK Inspector.
Themes are loaded from normal Windows variants of the XDG locations:
gtk-cursor-theme-size GTK setting is ignored, GTK will use the cursor
size that Windows tells it to use.
More information about GTK on Windows, including detailed build instructions, binary downloads, etc, can be found online.