May 23, 2012

8 Free and Useful C++ GUI Libraries

C++ is a multi paradigm, free form complied, general purpose and thus a very powerful language used basically for the purpose of programming. This language is regarded as an intermediate level language .The main reason for this is that it consists of both high level as well as low level features.

It is one of the most popular programming languages due to many reasons. It has application domains which include system software, device drivers, application software and many other including client applications and entertainment software of which the best example is a video game.

GUI is the acronym used for graphical user interface .This can be defined as a type of user interface that allows users to interact with electronic devices directly rather than following commands. This software can not only be used in computers but in addition it can also be used in hand held latest devices such as gaming devices or music players of various kinds.

Today we are going to share C++ GUI Libraries for developers, i hope these libraries would help developers a lot in their next project to make impressive and attractive layout for their nest applications. Visit this list and share your thought in our comment section below.


1) Qt

Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework. It includes a cross-platform class library, integrated development tools and a cross-platform IDE. Using Qt, you can write web-enabled applications once and deploy them across many desktop and embedded operating systems without rewriting the source code.

2) Fltk

FLTK (pronounced “fulltick”) is a cross-platform C++ GUI toolkit for UNIX/Linux (X11), Microsoft Windows, and MacOS X. FLTK provides modern GUI functionality without the bloat and supports 3D graphics via OpenGL and its built-in GLUT emulation. FLTK is designed to be small and modular enough to be statically linked, but works fine as a shared library. FLTK also includes an excellent UI builder called FLUID that can be used to create applications in minutes.

3) Fox Toolkit

FOX is a C++ based Toolkit for developing Graphical User Interfaces easily and effectively. It offers a wide, and growing, collection of Controls, and provides state of the art facilities such as drag and drop, selection, as well as OpenGL widgets for 3D graphical manipulation. FOX also implements icons, images, and user-convenience features such as status line help, and tooltips. Tooltips may even be used for 3D objects!

4) Gpe Phone

GPE Phone Edition (G(PE)²) is meant to develop a GTK / GPE based a software stack for mobile Linux devices, especially mobile phones. Please also see our mission statement for more details about the goal and how to reach them.

5) Lgi

LGI is a GUI framework for abstracting out all the operating system dependencies that you can produce portable code. It handles all the graphical interface functions, threading and semaphores, network connectivity and lots of other bits and peices to help build small, fast and reliable applications.

6) Wx Widgets

wxWidgets is a C++ library that lets developers create applications forWindows, OS X, Linux and UNIX on 32-bit and 64-bit architectures as well as several mobile platforms including Windows Mobile, iPhone SDK and embedded GTK+.

7) Ultimate++

U++ is a C++ cross-platform rapid application development framework focused on programmers productivity. It includes a set of libraries (GUI, SQL, etc..), and an integrated development environment.

8) Zoolib

ZooLib allows you build native applications for a variety of platforms and processors from a single code base, with little need for platform-specific source. In the rare event non-portable code becomes necessary, it is simple and easy to include it inline via conditional compilation, using one of the provided preprocessor symbols.


  • thanks admin perfect

  • What about gtkmm (, the C++ interface for one of the most popular Linux GUI libraries ? (you know… the one that powers GNOME ? 😉

  • The article is dated May 2012, strange that you refer to WxWindows. The last time I “researched” GUI libraries about 4 years ago (give or take) it was called WxWidgets. Just checked it is still called WxWidgets. Your research seems a bit dated…

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