Object Hierarchy:

Object hierarchy for DrawingArea


[ CCode ( type_id = "gtk_drawing_area_get_type ()" ) ]
public class DrawingArea : Widget, Accessible, Buildable, ConstraintTarget

`GtkDrawingArea` is a widget that allows drawing with cairo.

![An example GtkDrawingArea](drawingarea.png)

It’s essentially a blank widget; you can draw on it. After creating a drawing area, the application may want to connect to:

  • The [signal@Gtk.Widget:GtkDrawingArea:realize] signal to take any necessary actions when the widget is instantiated on a particular display. (Create GDK resources in response to this signal.)
  • The [signal@Gtk.DrawingArea:GtkDrawingArea:resize] signal to take any necessary actions when the widget changes size.
  • Call [method@Gtk.DrawingArea.set_draw_func] to handle redrawing the contents of the widget.

The following code portion demonstrates using a drawing area to display a circle in the normal widget foreground color.

Simple GtkDrawingArea usage

```c static void draw_function (GtkDrawingArea *area, cairo_t *cr, int width, int height, gpointer data) { GdkRGBA color; GtkStyleContext *context;

context = gtk_widget_get_style_context (GTK_WIDGET (area));

cairo_arc (cr, width / 2.0, height / 2.0, MIN (width, height) / 2.0, 0, 2 * G_PI);

gtk_style_context_get_color (context, &color); gdk_cairo_set_source_rgba (cr, &color);

cairo_fill (cr); }

int main (int argc, char **argv) { gtk_init ();

GtkWidget *area = gtk_drawing_area_new (); gtk_drawing_area_set_content_width (GTK_DRAWING_AREA (area), 100); gtk_drawing_area_set_content_height (GTK_DRAWING_AREA (area), 100); gtk_drawing_area_set_draw_func (GTK_DRAWING_AREA (area), draw_function, NULL, NULL); return 0; } ```

The draw function is normally called when a drawing area first comes onscreen, or when it’s covered by another window and then uncovered. You can also force a redraw by adding to the “damage region” of the drawing area’s window using [method@Gtk.Widget.queue_draw]. This will cause the drawing area to call the draw function again.

The available routines for drawing are documented in the Cairo documentation ; GDK offers additional API to integrate with Cairo, like [func@Gdk.cairo_set_source_rgba] or [func@Gdk.cairo_set_source_pixbuf].

To receive mouse events on a drawing area, you will need to use event controllers. To receive keyboard events, you will need to set the “can-focus” property on the drawing area, and you should probably draw some user-visible indication that the drawing area is focused.

If you need more complex control over your widget, you should consider creating your own `GtkWidget` subclass.

Namespace: Gtk
Package: gtk4



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Inherited Members:

All known members inherited from class Gtk.Widget