GTK+ 2.14.1 stable release

GTK+ 2.14 adds new functionality while maintaining source and binary compatibility with GTK+ 2.12.

New widgets and objects

  • GdkAppLaunchContext, provides startup notification with g_app_info_launch()
  • GtkMountOperation, can ask for passwords when mounting volumes with g_volume_mount()
  • GtkToolShell, an interface for containers of GtkToolItems

Noteworthy new APIs

  • gtk_show_uri(), a replacement for gnome_vfs_url_show() and gnome_url_show()
  • gtk_widget_get_snapshot(), using pixmap redirection to render snapshots of widgets

Changes in the file chooser

The file chooser uses GIO directly, loadable backends are no longer supported. Autocompletion in the file chooser entry has been improved.

Changes in printing support

The print dialog displays printer status information.
Support for rearranging pages when printing multiple pages per sheet has been added to the cups backend.

Accessibility support

The gail module is shipped with GTK+, GtkBuilder supports accessibility attributes and GtkStatusIcon supports keyboard navigation.

Internationalization support

The compose sequences understood by GTK+’s builtin input method have been synchronized with recent compose sequences, adding a large number of new sequences.
GTK+ no longer uses translations when an application is not translated to the current locale.

gdk-pixbuf changes

  • Support loading OS X icns format
  • Support loading JPEG 2000 images
  • Support loading and saving to GIO streams
  • Use GIO for mime information

GDK changes
GDK uses Xrandr instead of Xinerama to provide more (and dynamic) monitor information. Font configuration changes are now picked up at runtime, without an application restart.

For more details and lists of fixed bugs, see the announcements for the 2.13.x development releases:

About 900 bugs were fixed between 2.12 and 2.14.

See the original announcement for more info and downloads.

GTK+ roadmap notes

GTK+ 2.14 will be released in a few days. This seems like a good time to send out an update on the GTK+ 3 plans.

Once the 2.14 release has happened, we will branch off a 2.90 branch.
Development towards 2.16 will proceed on trunk, in parallel to the 2.90 development.

The goal is to have a 2.16 release by next summer (traditionally targeting Guadec). The following features are already under development and will likely land in 2.16:

  • support for icons in entries
  • better handling of invisible characters
  • flippable boxes, separators, etc
  • resolution independence/font scaling
  • complete offscreen window support
  • extended layout (width-for-height)
  • a tool palette widget
  • a simple list api

The 2.90 release will be feature-wise equivalent to 2.16, with structure contents being completely sealed and deprecated 2.x interfaces removed. 2.90 will be installable in parallel with 2.16.

After the 2.16/2.90 releases, GTK+ 2.x will continue to be supported by bug-fix releases on the 2.16 branch, while the 2.90 branch will move ahead with new feature development, leading to a GTK+ 3 release further down the road.

For more details on the work towards 2.90 and beyond, see the GTK+ 3.0 Tasks page. We will also add more GTK+ 3 information to the GTK+ website in the coming weeks.

GTK+ 2.13.6 unstable release

This is the seventh development release leading up to GTK+ 2.14.

md5sum: d9b3455d4639d44073abd1fb89d0c7b9

md5sum: 14374de5407df1e794324c87d1634363

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.13.5

  • Fix problems on 64-bit Windows
  • Fix a long-standing, well-known problem with the handling of insensitive buttons, bug 56070
  • Fallback to Xinerama if the Xrandr implementation is just a stub
  • gdk_threads_add_timeout_seconds[_full]: New functions with second-granularity to complete the set of gdk_threads_ timeout functions
  • Support rendering icons with emblems specified as GEmblemedIcon
  • GtkFileChooser has a GFile-oriented API now, functions for creating filechoosers with specific backends have been deprecated, since GIO is used directly.
  • GtkAdjustment has been sealed, adding getters and setters for all struct fields.

30 bugs fixed in this release!

GTK+ 2.13.5 unstable release

This is the sixth development release leading up to GTK+ 2.14.

md5sum: 19a9127ec1d072444068acc90aca8085

md5sum: 91c1171c1407cc49af98f8fad1f4305c

Changes from GTK+ 2.13.4 to 2.13.5

– Use GIO for mime type sniffing when possible

– Handle paused printers and printers that don’t accept jobs

– Support building parts of the XML tree with the new functions

29 bugs fixed in this release!

GTK+ 2.13.4 unstable release

This is the fifth development release leading up to GTK+ 2.14.

md5sum: deece1a4392c929968da5c89507fc5fb
md5sum: 76961cfb01f7e7c2b5d82cdc83690234

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.13.3 to 2.13.4

  • Merge the GSEAL branch (see
  • GtkScaleButton has an orientation property

40 bugs fixed in this release!

GTK+ 2.13.3 unstable release

This is the fourth third development release leading up to GTK+ 2.14.

gtk+-2.13.3.tar.bz2 md5sum: 4191b1f3d6239424556ebf2a92250ef6
gtk+-2.13.3.tar.gz md5sum: 6c2912e63dd491302f01026cc8130415

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.13.2 to 2.13.3

  • Support runtime font configuration changes
  • Use GIO for mime information
  • Use GIO directly for the file chooser, do not load filesystem implementation modules. This change causes some regressions on Win32, which will be addressed by improved Win32 support in GIO.
  • GTK+ no longer uses translations when the application is not translated to the current locale

20 bugs fixed in this release!