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This is GTK+ version @GTK_VERSION@. GTK+ 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 projects to
complete application suites.
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GTK+ is free software and part of the GNU Project. However, the
licensing terms for GTK+, the GNU LGPL, allow it to be used by all
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developers, including those developing proprietary software, without any
license fees or royalties.

The official download locations are:
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The official web site is:

Information about mailing lists can be found at
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See the file 'INSTALL'
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How to report bugs

Bugs should be reported to the GNOME bug tracking system.
(, product glib.) You will need
to create an account for yourself.

In the bug report please include:

* Information about your system. For instance:

   - What operating system and version
   - For Linux, what version of the C library

  And anything else you think is relevant.

* How to reproduce the bug.

  If you can reproduce it with one of the test programs that are built
  in the tests/ subdirectory, that will be most convenient.  Otherwise,
  please include a short test program that exhibits the behavior.
  As a last resort, you can also provide a pointer to a larger piece
  of software that can be downloaded.

* If the bug was a crash, the exact text that was printed out
  when the crash occured.

* Further information such as stack traces may be useful, but
  is not necessary.


Patches should also be submitted to If the
patch fixes an existing bug, add the patch as an attachment
to that bug report.

Otherwise, enter a new bug report that describes the patch,
and attach the patch to that bug report.

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Patches should be in unified diff form. (The -up option to GNU diff)
Even better are git-formatted patches. (Use git format-patch)

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Release notes for 3.20

* The GtkFileChooser interface pre-requisite changed from GtkWidget
  to GObject, allowing non-widget implementations of this interface.
  This is a minor change in ABI, as apps are no longer guaranteed
  that a GtkFileChooser interface also supports all GtkWidget methods.
  However, all previously existing objects still derive from GtkWidget,
  so no existing code should break.

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* Several fixes for window sizing and placement with client-side
  decorations may affect applications that are saving and restoring
  window sizes. The recommended best practice for this which is known
  to work with client-side and server-side decorations and with older
  and newer versions of GTK+ is to use gtk_window_get_size() to save
  and gtk_window_set_default_size() to restore the window size. See for a detailed example.

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Release notes for 3.18

* The GtkListBox model support that was introduced in 3.16 has been
  changed to no longer call gtk_widget_show_all on rows created by
  the create_widget_func. You need to manage the visibility of child
  widgets yourself in your create_widget_func.

* The alpha component of foreground colors that are applied to
  GtkCellRendererText is no longer ignored. If you don't want your
  text to be translucent, use opaque colors.

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* The way in which GtkLevelBar determines the offset to apply was
  a bit inconsistent in the past; this has been fixed. Applications
  that are using custom offsets should double-check that their
  levels look as expected.

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Release notes for 3.16

* GTK+ now includes an OpenGL rendering widget. To support GL on various
  platforms, GTK+ uses libepoxy.

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* GTK+ no longer uses gtk-update-icon-cache during its build. The
  --enable-gtk2-dependency configure option has been removed.

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* The introspection annotations for the x and y parameters of
  GtkMenuPositionFunc have been corrected from 'out' to 'inout'.
  If you are using such a function from language-bindings, this
  may require adjustments.

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* The lookup order for actions that are activated via keyboard
  accelerators has been changed to start at the currently focused
  widget. If your application is making use fo nested action groups
  via gtk_widget_insert_action_group, you may want to check that
  this change does not upset your accelerators.

* The GtkScrollable interface has gained a new vfunc, get_border,
  that is used to position overshoot and undershoot indications that
  are drawn over the content by GtkScrolledWindow. Unless your scrollable
  has non-scrolling parts similar to treeview headers, there is no need
  to implement this vfunc.

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* The GtkSearchEntry widget has gained a number of new signals that
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  are emitted when certain key sequences are seen. In particular, it
  now handles the Escape key and emits ::stop-search. Applications that
  expect to handle Escape themselves will need to be updated.

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Release notes for 3.14

* A new state, GTK_STATE_FLAG_CHECKED, has been added for checked states
  of radio and check buttons and menuitems. Applications that are using
  GTK+ styles without widgets will need adjustments.

* Adwaita is now the default theme on all platforms.

* The icon theme code has become a little pickier about sizes and is not
  automatically scaling icons beyond the limits defined in the icon theme
  unless explicitly asked to do so with GTK_ICON_LOOKUP_FORCE_SIZE.

* GTK+ now includes an interactive debugger which can be activated with
  the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-Shift-d or Ctrl-Shift-i. If these shortcuts
  interfere with application keybindings, they can be disabled with the
  setting org.gtk.Settings.Debug.enable-inspector-keybinding.

* Most widgets have been ported to use the new gesture framework internally
  for event handling. Traditional event handlers in derived widgets are still
  being called.

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* Using GTK+ under X11 without the X Render extension has been observed
  to be problematic. This combination is using code paths in cairo and
  graphics drivers which are rarely tested and likely buggy.

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* GtkTextView is now using a pixel-cache internally, and is drawing
  a background underneath the text. This can cause problems for applications
  which assumed that they could draw things below and above the text
  by chaining up in the ::draw implementation of their GtkTextView subclass.
  As a short-term workaround, you can make the application apply a
  custom theme to the text view with a transparent background. For
  a proper fix, use the new ::draw_layer vfunc.

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Release notes for 3.12

* GtkWidget had a hack where if opacity is 0.999 we set up an opacity
  group when rendering the widget. This is no longer needed in 3.10,
  and GtkStack doesn't use it anymore. It has been removed in 3.12.
  GdStack is using it, so applications should be ported from GdStack
  to GtkStack in 3.12.

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* GtkHeaderBar in 3.10 was not ordering its pack-end children in
  the right way. This has been fixed in 3.12. Applications which
  pack multiple widgets at the end of a headerbar will have to
  be updated.

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* gtk_text_view_add_child_in_window has changed behaviour a bit.
  It now always positions the child in buffer coordinates, where
  it used to inconsistently scroll with the buffer but then go
  reposition to a window-relative position on redraw.

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* A number of container widgets have been made more compliant with
  the uniform CSS rendering model by making them render backgrounds
  and borders. This may require some adjustments in applications that
  were making assumptions about containers never rendering backgrounds.

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Release notes for 3.10

* GDK has been changed to allow only a single screen per display.
  Only the X11 backend had multiple screens before, and multi-screen
  setups (not multi-monitor!) are very rare nowadays. If you really
  need multiple X screens, open them as separate displays.

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* The behavior of GtkBox::expand has been changed to never propagate
  up. Previously, this was happening inconsistently. If you want the
  expand to propagate, use the GtkWidget h/v expand properties.
  If you experience sizing problems with widgets in ported code,
  carefully check the expand and fill flags of your boxes.

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* GtkBin no longer provides default implementations for
  get_height_for_width, subclasses now have to provide their own
  implementation if they need height-for-width functionality.

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* Widget state propagation has been changed. Historically, all of
  active, prelight, selected, insensitive, inconsistent and backdrop
  have been propagated to children. This has now been restricted
  to just the insensitive and backdrop states. This mostly affects

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* The way widget drawing happens has changed. Earlier versions handled
  one expose event per GdkWindow, each with a separate cairo_t. Now we
  only handle the expose event on the toplevel and reuse the same
  cairo_t (with the right translation and clipping) for the entire
  widget hierarchy, recursing down via the GtkWidget::draw signal.
  Having all rendering in the same call tree allows effects like
  opacity and offscreen rendering of entire widget sub-hierarchies.
  Generally this should not require any changes in widgets, but
  code looking at e.g. the current expose event may see different
  behavior than before.

* The Gtk+ scrolling implementation has changed. gdk_window_scroll()
  and gdk_window_move_region() no longer copy the region on the
  window, but rather invalidate the entire scrolled region. This is
  slightly slower, but allowed us to implement a offscreen surface
  scrolling method which better fits modern hardware. Most scrolling
  widgets in Gtk+ have been converted to use this model for scrolling,
  but external widgets implementing scrolling using GdkWindow may see
  some slowdown.

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Release notes for 3.8
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* GtkIconInfo has changed from being a boxed type to a GObject. This
  is technically an ABI change, but basically all existing code
  will keep working if its used as a boxed type, and its not
  possible to instantiate GtkIconInfos outside Gtk, so this is not
  expected to be a big problem.

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Release notes for 3.6

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* The accessibility bridge code that exports accessible objects
  on the bus is now used by default; atk-bridge has been converted
  into a library that GTK+ links against. To void the linking,
  pass --without-atk-bridge when configuring GTK+.

* GDK threading support has been deprecated. It is recommended to
  use g_idle_add(), g_main_context_invoke() and similar funtions
  to make all GTK+ calls from the main thread.

* GTK+ now follows the XDG Base Directory specification for
  user configuration and data files. In detail,
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  * $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/gtk-3.0/custom-papers is the new location
    for $HOME/.gtk-custom-papers
  * $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/gtk-3.0/bookmarks is the new location
    for $HOME/.gtk-bookmarks
  * $XDG_DATA_HOME/themes is preferred over $HOME/.themes
  * $XDG_DATA_HOME/icons is preferred over $HOME/.icons.
  Existing files from the old location will still be read
  if the new location does not exist.

* $HOME/.gtk-3.0 is no longer in the default module load path.
  If you want to load modules from there, add it to the GTK_PATH
  environment variable.

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Release notes for 3.4

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* Scroll events have been separated from button events, and smooth
  scrolling has been added with a separate event mask. Widgets now
  need to have either GDK_SCROLL_MASK or GDK_SMOOTH_SCROLL_MASK in
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  their event mask to receive scroll events. In addition, the
  GdkScrollDirection enumeration has gained a new member,
  GDK_SCROLL_SMOOTH, so switch statements will have to be amended
  to cover this case.

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* GTK+ now uses <Primary> instead of <Control> in keyboard accelerators,
  for improved cross-platform handling. This should not affect
  applications, unless they parse or create these accelerator

* The tacit assumption that the Alt key corresponds to the MOD1
  modifier under X11 is now a hard requirement.

* The beagle search backend for the file chooser has been dropped.
  Tracker is the only supported search backend on Linux now.

* GtkNotebook has been changed to destroy its action widgets when
  it gets destroyed itself. If your application is using action
  widgets in notebooks, you may have to adjust your code to take
  this into account.

* GtkApplication no longer uses the gtk mainloop wrappers, so
  it is no longer possible to use gtk_main_quit() to stop it.

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* The -uninstalled variants of the pkg-config files have been dropped.

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* Excessive dependencies have been culled from Requires: lines
  in .pc files. Dependent modules may have to declare dependencies
  that there were getting 'for free' in the past.

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Release notes for 3.2

* The accessible implementations for GTK+ widgets have been integrated
  into libgtk itself, and the gail module does not exist anymore. This
  change should not affect applications very much.

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Release notes for 3.0

* GTK+ 3 is a major new version of GTK+, which is parallel installable
  with GTK+ 2.x. For information about porting applications from GTK+ 2.x
  to GTK+ 3, see the file:


  Or online at:

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* Note that the library sonames in this release have been changed from
  libgtk-3.0 and libgdk-3.0 to libgtk-3 and libgdk-3, to prevent the
  library versions from going backwards, compared to the 2.90/91/99
  releases. Applications will have to be recompiled.