SWT migration from GTK+ 2.x to GTK+ 3.x : Introduction

In the earlier post I was exploring Standard Widget Toolkit. I have created simple application to see how SWT works. In this post I want to show couple of reasons, why SWT cannot be easily migrated from GTK+ 2.x to GTK 3.x .

Let’s approach this issue step by step.

What is GTK + ?   

As I have found out from GTK+ Project website (http://www.gtk.org/)   ” GTK+, or the GIMP Toolkit, is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable for projects ranging from small one-off tools to complete application suites.” GTK+ supports most widely used programming languages, thus making it one of the main tools  in User Interface development.

How GTK+ is connected with SWT ?

As I have found out, GTK+ library is widely used in SWT.

How to build SWT with GTK+ 2.x ?

I have pulled SWT source code using tutorial  from here   and built it using following commands:

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java


sudo ./build.sh

Everything built just fine.  However, problems started when I tried to built it with GTK+ 3.x.

How to build SWT with GTK+ 3.x ?

To be able to build SWT with GTK+ 3.x I have uncommented line



./git/eclipse.platform.swt/bundles/org.eclipse.swt/Eclipse SWT PI/gtk/os.h

After doing it, I tried to built again. Unfortunately this time built was not succesful.

Here is the sample of the output:

Building SWT/GTK+ for linux x86
gcc -O -Wall -DSWT_VERSION=4230  -DLINUX -DGTK -I/usr/lib/jvm/java/include -I/usr/lib/jvm/java/include/linux -fPIC  `pkg-config --cflags gtk+-2.0` -c os.c
os.c: In function ‘Java_org_eclipse_swt_internal_gtk_OS__1gdk_1bitmap_1create_1from_1data’:
os.c:4930:2: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘gdk_bitmap_create_from_data’ [-Wimplicit-function-declaration]
os.c: In function ‘Java_org_eclipse_swt_internal_gtk_OS__1gdk_1color_1white’:
os.c:5078:2: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘gdk_color_white’ [-Wimplicit-function-declaration]
os.c: In function ‘Java_org_eclipse_swt_internal_gtk_OS__1gdk_1draw_1drawable’:
os.c:5273:2: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘gdk_draw_drawable’ [-Wimplicit-function-declaration]

Why SWT cannot be built with GTK+ 3.x ?

After small research I have found out that some of the methods of GTK library that SWT uses are deprecated.
Complete guide on what need to be change to migrate from GTK+ 2.x to GTK+ 3.x can be found here .

Most  depreciation are already resolved, except  ones that are supposed to  use Cairo graphics library  for drawing. Next couple of months, I will be working  on implementing Cairo library into SWT instead of deprecated gdk methods, so it could be successfully migrated to GTK+3.x.

More about Cairo in my next posts…


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About Anatoly Spektor

My name is Anatoly Spektor (originally Anatolijs Spektors) I am Software and Web Developer. I have worked in Seneca Center for Development of Open Technology on Big Blue Button Add-on - Polling Module, Red Hat and some other places :) I am an author of the book 'Eclipse Debugging How To', Muay Thai fighter and amateur photographer ;)
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