List of platform-independent GUI libraries

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This is a list of Library packages implementing a graphical user interface (GUI) platform-independent GUI library (PIGUI). These can be used to develop software that can be ported to multiple computing platforms with no change to its source code.

In C, C++[edit]

Name Owner Platforms License
Agar Hypertriton macOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows Free: New BSD
Chromium Embedded Framework CEF Project Page macOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows Free: BSD
CEGUI CEGUI team macOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows Free: MIT
Dear ImGui Omar Cornut and contributors.[1] Bare metal, Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, ́́́Android[2] Free: MIT
Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) X11, Wayland, Microsoft Windows, macOS, DirectFB, Tizen Free: BSD, LGPL, GPL
Fast Light Toolkit (FLTK) Bill Spitzak, et. al. X11, Microsoft Windows, macOS Free: LGPL
formerly GIMP Toolkit
GNOME Foundation Linux (X11, Wayland), Microsoft Windows, macOS, HTML5 Free: LGPL
Guiliani[3] TES Electronic Solutions Linux[clarification needed], FreeRTOS, Mbed, Microsoft Windows, X11, macOS, DirectFB, Bare metal, Android, iOS Proprietary
IUP Tecgraf, PUC-Rio X11, Microsoft Windows Free: MIT
JUCE Roli Ltd. X11, macOS, iOS, Linux[clarification needed], Android, Microsoft Windows Mixed: GPL, proprietary
libui Pietro Gagliardi X11, macOS, Microsoft Windows Free: MIT
LiveCode LiveCode, Ltd. X11, macOS, Microsoft Windows Proprietary
MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers
formerly NuTCRACKER
DataFocus, Inc. Microsoft Windows from X11 code[clarification needed] Proprietary
Nana Jinhao Linux, Microsoft Windows Free: Boost
Nuklear[4] Micha Mettke Bare metal, macOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Android[5] Free: MIT, Unlicense
Qt Qt Project Linux (X11, Wayland), OS/2, macOS, iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows Mixed: LGPL, GPL, or proprietary
Ultimate++ Ultimate++ X11, PocketPC, WindowsCE, Microsoft Windows Free: BSD-like
Views Rogue Wave Software X11, Microsoft Windows Proprietary
formerly wxWindows
wxWidgets team OS/2, X11, OpenLook,[clarification needed] macOS, iOS, Microsoft Windows Free: wxWindows
EGE2D Linux, macOS, WebGL (JavaScript), Microsoft Windows Free: Affero

In other languages[edit]

Name Owner Programming Language Platforms License
Swing Oracle Corporation Java Windows, Linux X11, macOS Free: CDDL, GPL with linking exception
JavaFX Oracle Corporation Java Windows, Linux X11, macOS, Android, iOS Free: CDDL, GPL with linking exception
SWT Eclipse Foundation Java Windows (Win32), Linux (GTK+), macOS (Cocoa) Free: Eclipse
Apache Pivot Apache Software Foundation Java Windows, macOS, Linux Free: Apache
Xojo Xojo, Inc. Xojo Windows, macOS, Linux (X11), iOS, web Proprietary
Blackbox Oberon Microsystems Oberon, F Windows, macOS Proprietary
Tcl/Tk Open source Tcl Windows, OS/2, X11, OpenLook,[clarification needed] Mac Free: BSD-style
Ecere SDK Ecere Corporation
(Open source)
eC Windows (GDI, OpenGL, Direct3D, DirectDraw, Text Console), Linux (X11), macOS, FreeBSD (X11, OpenGL, NCurses), Android, Web (Emscripten, WebGL) Free: New BSD
LCL, Lazarus Open source Free Pascal Windows (Win32, Qt), Linux (GTK+, Qt), macOS (Qt, Carbon, Cocoa) Free: GPL, LGPL
Delphi, FireMonkey Embarcadero Technologies Object Pascal Windows, macOS, iOS, Android Proprietary
VisualWorks Cincom Smalltalk Windows, OS/2, Linux (X11), OpenLook,[clarification needed] Mac Proprietary
Pharo Pharo community Smalltalk Windows, Linux (X11), macOS Free: MIT, part Apache 2.0
Mono, GTK# Xamarin C# Windows, Linux (X11, Wayland), macOS Free: MIT, LGPLv2, GPLv2 (dual license)}}
Kivy Kivy Python Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iOS Free: MIT
WxPython Python Linux, Windows, macOS Free: wxWindows
Xamarin Forms Xamarin C# Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Windows (WPF), macOS, Linux (GTK#) Mixed: MIT, proprietary
Unity Unity Technologies C#, JavaScript, Boo Windows, X11, macOS, Android, iOS
also features cross-platform Web player
Proprietary, based on open-source
Apache Flex
Formerly Adobe Flex
Apache Software Foundation ActionScript, Flash, Adobe AIR Windows (x86, x64), macOS, Android (ARM, x86), iOS, Web (SWF) Free: Apache

Requires verification, may be unsupported[edit]

Name Owner Platforms License
for C++, Smalltalk
IBM Various Proprietary

No longer available or supported[edit]

Name Owner Comment
AppWare Novell Has been de-emphasized (commonly viewed as dropped) by Novell
Zinc Application Framework Professional Software Associates May still be supported, but no new sales
zApp Application Framework zApp and later RogueWave Had a very modern architecture, was ahead of its time; popular around 1993-1994
Open Interface Neuron Data One of the earliest PIGUI supported DOS, macOS, OS/2, VMS, Microsoft Windows 3.0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dear ImGui Readme: Credits".
  2. ^ "ImGUI PR#421: Android + OpenGL ES 3 Example".
  3. ^ "Guiliani".
  4. ^ "Nuklear".
  5. ^ "Nuklear GO on android example".

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