Commit 80e1340e authored by Matthias Clasen's avatar Matthias Clasen

Add a drawing example to the tutorial

parent ceeaf183
......@@ -328,6 +328,8 @@ HTML_IMAGES = \
$(srcdir)/images/layout-tbrl.png \
$(srcdir)/images/window-default.png \
$(srcdir)/images/hello-world.png \
$(srcdir)/images/grid-packing.png \
$(srcdir)/images/drawing.png \
$(srcdir)/images/switch.png \
$(srcdir)/images/linear.png \
$(srcdir)/images/ease.png \
......@@ -147,4 +147,41 @@
<para>Many widgets, like buttons, do all their drawing themselves. You
just tell them the label you want to see, and they figure out what font
to use, draw the button outline and focus rectangle, etc. Sometimes, it
is necessary to do some custom drawing. In that case, a #GtkDrawingArea
might be the right widget to use. It offers a canvas on which you can
draw by connecting to the #GtkWidget::draw signal.
<para>The contents of a widget often need to be partially or fully redrawn,
e.g. when another window is moved and uncovers part of the widget, or
when tie window containing it is resized. It is also possible to explicitly
cause part or all of the widget to be redrawn, by calling
gtk_widget_queue_draw() or its variants. GTK+ takes care of most of the
details by providing a ready-to-use cairo context to the ::draw signal
<para>The following example shows a ::draw signal handler. It is a bit
more complicated than the previous examples, since it also demonstrates
input event handling by means of ::button-press and ::motion-notify
<inlinegraphic fileref="drawing.png" format="PNG"></inlinegraphic>
<example id="gtk-getting-started-drawing">
<title>Drawing in response to input</title>
<xi:include href="../../../../examples/drawing.c" parse="text">
<xi:fallback>FIXME: MISSING XINCLUDE CONTENT</xi:fallback>
......@@ -48,4 +48,9 @@ LDADD = \
$(top_builddir)/gtk/ \
noinst_PROGRAMS = hello-world window-default bloatpad grid-packing
noinst_PROGRAMS = \
hello-world \
window-default \
bloatpad \
grid-packing \
#include <gtk/gtk.h>
/* Surface to store current scribbles */
static cairo_surface_t *surface = NULL;
static void
clear_surface (void)
cairo_t *cr;
cr = cairo_create (surface);
cairo_set_source_rgb (cr, 1, 1, 1);
cairo_paint (cr);
cairo_destroy (cr);
/* Create a new surface of the appropriate size to store our scribbles */
static gboolean
configure_event_cb (GtkWidget *widget,
GdkEventConfigure *event,
gpointer data)
if (surface)
cairo_surface_destroy (surface);
surface = gdk_window_create_similar_surface (gtk_widget_get_window (widget),
gtk_widget_get_allocated_width (widget),
gtk_widget_get_allocated_height (widget));
/* Initialize the surface to white */
clear_surface ();
/* We've handled the configure event, no need for further processing. */
return TRUE;
/* Redraw the screen from the surface. Note that the ::draw
* signal receives a ready-to-be-used cairo_t that is already
* clipped to only draw the exposed areas of the widget
static gboolean
draw_cb (GtkWidget *widget,
cairo_t *cr,
gpointer data)
cairo_set_source_surface (cr, surface, 0, 0);
cairo_paint (cr);
return FALSE;
/* Draw a rectangle on the surface at the given position */
static void
draw_brush (GtkWidget *widget,
gdouble x,
gdouble y)
cairo_t *cr;
/* Paint to the surface, where we store our state */
cr = cairo_create (surface);
cairo_rectangle (cr, x - 3, y - 3, 6, 6);
cairo_fill (cr);
cairo_destroy (cr);
/* Now invalidate the affected region of the drawing area. */
gtk_widget_queue_draw_area (widget, x - 3, y - 3, 6, 6);
/* Handle button press events by either drawing a rectangle
* or clearing the surface, depending on which button was pressed.
* The ::button-press signal handler receives a GdkEventButton
* struct which contains this information.
static gboolean
button_press_event_cb (GtkWidget *widget,
GdkEventButton *event,
gpointer data)
/* paranoia check, in case we haven't gotten a configure event */
if (surface == NULL)
return FALSE;
if (event->button == 1)
draw_brush (widget, event->x, event->y);
else if (event->button == 3)
clear_surface ();
gtk_widget_queue_draw (widget);
/* We've handled the event, stop processing */
return TRUE;
/* Handle motion events by continuing to draw if button 1 is
* still held down. The ::motion-notify signal handler receives
* a GdkEventMotion struct which contains this information.
static gboolean
motion_notify_event_cb (GtkWidget *widget,
GdkEventMotion *event,
gpointer data)
int x, y;
GdkModifierType state;
/* paranoia check, in case we haven't gotten a configure event */
if (surface == NULL)
return FALSE;
/* This call is very important; it requests the next motion event.
* If you don't call gdk_window_get_pointer() you'll only get
* a single motion event. The reason is that we specified
* GDK_POINTER_MOTION_HINT_MASK to gtk_widget_set_events().
* If we hadn't specified that, we could just use event->x, event->y
* as the pointer location. But we'd also get deluged in events.
* By requesting the next event as we handle the current one,
* we avoid getting a huge number of events faster than we
* can cope.
gdk_window_get_pointer (event->window, &x, &y, &state);
if (state & GDK_BUTTON1_MASK)
draw_brush (widget, x, y);
/* We've handled it, stop processing */
return TRUE;
static void
close_window (void)
if (surface)
cairo_surface_destroy (surface);
gtk_main_quit ();
main (int argc,
char *argv[])
GtkWidget *window;
GtkWidget *frame;
GtkWidget *da;
gtk_init (&argc, &argv);
window = gtk_window_new (GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);
gtk_window_set_title (GTK_WINDOW (window), "Drawing Area");
g_signal_connect (window, "destroy", G_CALLBACK (close_window), NULL);
gtk_container_set_border_width (GTK_CONTAINER (window), 8);
frame = gtk_frame_new (NULL);
gtk_frame_set_shadow_type (GTK_FRAME (frame), GTK_SHADOW_IN);
gtk_container_add (GTK_CONTAINER (window), frame);
da = gtk_drawing_area_new ();
/* set a minimum size */
gtk_widget_set_size_request (da, 100, 100);
gtk_container_add (GTK_CONTAINER (frame), da);
/* Signals used to handle the backing surface */
g_signal_connect (da, "draw",
G_CALLBACK (draw_cb), NULL);
g_signal_connect (da,"configure-event",
G_CALLBACK (configure_event_cb), NULL);
/* Event signals */
g_signal_connect (da, "motion-notify-event",
G_CALLBACK (motion_notify_event_cb), NULL);
g_signal_connect (da, "button-press-event",
G_CALLBACK (button_press_event_cb), NULL);
/* Ask to receive events the drawing area doesn't normally
* subscribe to. In particular, we need to ask for the
* button press and motion notify events that want to handle.
gtk_widget_set_events (da, gtk_widget_get_events (da)
gtk_widget_show_all (window);
gtk_main ();
return 0;
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