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GTK+ (GIMP Toolkit) is a cross-platform widget toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. It is one of the most popular toolkits for the X Window System, along with FLTK and Qt.

GTK+ was initially created for the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), a raster graphics editor, in 1997 by Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis, members of eXperimental Computing Facility (XCF) at University of California, Berkeley.

GTK+ is licensed under the LGPL free software license and is part of the GNU Project, which aims to create a whole free-software operating system.

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Design

GTK+ is an object-oriented widget toolkit written in the C programming language; object-orientation is achieved by using the GLib object system. On the X11 display server, GTK+ uses Xlib to draw widgets. Using Xlib provides flexibility and allows GTK+ to be used on platforms where the X Window System is unavailable. While GTK+ is primarily targeted at the X Window System, other platforms are supported, including Microsoft Windows, DirectFB and Quartz on Mac OS X.

GTK+ can be configured to change the look of the widgets drawn; this is done using different display engines. Several display engines exist which try to emulate the look of the native widgets on the platform in use.

Programming language bindings

A library written in one programming language may be used in another programming language if bindings are written; GTK+ has bindings in many languages.[1]

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