List of platform-independent GUI libraries

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This is a list of packages implementing a platform-independent GUI (PIGUI). These can be used to develop software that can be ported to multiple platforms without changes to its source code.

C / C++ packages[edit]

Name Owner Platforms License
Chromium Embedded Framework CEF Project Page Windows, Mac, Linux BSD
CEGUI CEGUI team Windows, Mac, Linux MIT License
EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries) X11, Wayland, Windows, Mac, DirectFB, Tizen BSD, LGPL, GPL
FLTK (Fast, Light Toolkit) Bill Spitzak, et. al. X11, Windows, Mac LGPL
Skia Skia Inc, Google Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows BSD
GTK+ (GIMP Toolkit) GNOME Foundation Linux (X11, Wayland), Windows, macOS, HTML5 LGPL
Guiliani TES Electronic Solutions Windows, X11, Mac, DirectFB, BareMetal, Android, IOS Proprietary
IUP Tecgraf/PUC-Rio Windows, X11 MIT License
JUCE Roli Ltd. Windows, X11, Mac, iOS, Android GPL, Proprietary
LiveCode LiveCode, Ltd. Windows, X11, Mac Proprietary
MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers
(formerly NuTCRACKER)
DataFocus, Inc. Windows from X11 code Proprietary
Nana Jinhao Windows, Linux Boost Software License
Qt Qt Project Windows, Linux (X11, Wayland), OS/2 [1], OS X, iOS, Android [2] LGPL, GPL or Proprietary
Ultimate++ Ultimate++ Windows, X11, PocketPC, WindowsCE BSD-like
Views Rogue Wave Software Windows, X11 Proprietary
(formerly wxWindows)
wxWidgets team Windows, OS/2, X11, OpenLook,[clarification needed] Mac OS X, iOS wxWindows License
XVT Portability Toolkit XVT Software Inc. Windows, OS/2, X11, OpenLook,[clarification needed] Mac Proprietary
Nuklear Micha Mettke Windows GDI, GDI+, Linux X11, OpenGL, SDL, Allegro Public Domain

Packages in other languages[edit]

Name Owner Platforms License
Java / Swing / JavaFX Oracle Corporation Windows, OS/2, X11, OpenLook,[clarification needed] Mac, Linux, Android[clarification needed], iOS[clarification needed] CDDL, GPL with linking exception
Java / SWT Eclipse Foundation Windows (Win32), Linux (GTK+), Mac OS X (Cocoa) Eclipse Public License
Oberon / F / Blackbox Oberon Microsystems Windows, Mac Proprietary
Tcl/Tk Open source Windows, OS/2, X11, OpenLook,[clarification needed] Mac BSD style license
Ecere SDK
Ecere Corporation
(Open source)
Windows (GDI, OpenGL, Direct3D, DirectDraw, Text Console), Linux/Mac OS X/FreeBSD (X11, OpenGL, NCurses), Android, Web (Emscripten/WebGL) New BSD license
LCL / Lazarus Open source Windows (Win32, Qt), Linux (GTK+, Qt), Mac OS X (Qt, Carbon, Cocoa) GPL, LGPL
Delphi/Firemonkey Embarcadero Technologies Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android Proprietary
Cincom Windows, OS/2, X11, OpenLook,[clarification needed] Mac Proprietary
Pharo community Windows, X11, Mac MIT, partially Apache License 2.0
Mono / GTK#
Xamarin Windows, X11, Mac MIT, LGPLv2, GPLv2 (Dual license)
Kivy Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS MIT License
Xamarin Forms
Xamarin Android, iOS, Windows Mobile MIT, Proprietary
C# (Mono based) / JavaScript / Boo
Unity Technologies Windows, X11, Mac OS X, Android, iOS
(also features a multi-platform Web Player)
Proprietary, based on open-source

Requiring verification (may be unsupported)[edit]

Name Owner Platforms License
for C++ and Smalltalk
IBM Various Proprietary software

No longer available or supported[edit]

Name Owner Comment
AppWare Novell This product has been de-emphasized (which is commonly believed to mean "dropped") by Novell.
Zinc Professional Software Associates May still be supporting, but no new sales.
zApp Application Framework zApp and later RogueWave Had a very modern architecture, was ahead of its time. Was popular around 1993/1994.
Open Interface Neuron Data One of the earliest PIGUI supported DOS, Macintosh, OS/2, VMS, and Microsoft Windows 3.0.

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