public unowned Widget get_toplevel ()

This function returns the topmost widget in the container hierarchy this is a part of.

If this has no parent widgets, it will be returned as the topmost widget. No reference will be added to the returned widget; it should not be unreferenced.

Note the difference in behavior vs. get_ancestor; `gtk_widget_get_ancestor (widget, GTK_TYPE_WINDOW)` would return null if this wasn’t inside a toplevel window, and if the window was inside a Window-derived widget which was in turn inside the toplevel Window. While the second case may seem unlikely, it actually happens when a Plug is embedded inside a Socket within the same application.

To reliably find the toplevel Window, use get_toplevel and call GTK_IS_WINDOW on the result. For instance, to get the title of a widget's toplevel window, one might use:

static const char *
get_widget_toplevel_title (GtkWidget *widget)
GtkWidget *toplevel = gtk_widget_get_toplevel (widget);
if (GTK_IS_WINDOW (toplevel))
return gtk_window_get_title (GTK_WINDOW (toplevel));

return NULL;



a Widget


the topmost ancestor of this, or this itself if there’s no ancestor.