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1 Introduction

  One of my research projects involves writing a Windows app for a
  department at my school. I only run Linux.

  Here I’ve compiled the steps necessary to build and run a GUI [GTK3]
  program on both Linux and Windows.This includes the frills most
  Windows users expect, like a graphical installer, an icon on the
  executable, and a program that looks like it was made for Windows.

  You can view the results of the tutorial in [this repository].

  Create the demo C program from [the GTK documentation] and save it as

  To compile the code on Linux, a simple
  │ $ gcc -o main main.c `pkg-config --libs gtk+-3.0 --cflags gtk+-3.0`
  will do the trick (you need pkg-config, GCC, and GTK3 installed). Test
  the executable to make sure it works:
  │ $ ./main

[GTK3] <https://www.gtk.org/>

[this repository] <https://github.com/wrycode/GTK-demo-C>

[the GTK documentation]

1.1 Windows setup

  To build for Windows, you need to use [MinGW] to compile the
  executable, and then you need to bundle the MinGW GTK dlls so they’re
  available at runtime on Windows.

  First install MinGW. If this step seems insurmountable, or if you’re
  running Arch Linux or a similar distro, just skip ahead to the
  [Buildah] section.

  On Fedora, for example, you can install everything you need with this

  │ dnf install mingw64-gtk3 mingw32-binutils mingw32-nsiswrapper

[MinGW] <http://www.mingw.org/>

[Buildah] See section 1.2

1.1.1 Compiling for Windows

  On a Linux system with MinGW installed, you can compile the same
  program with something like:
  │ $ x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc -o main main.c `mingw64-pkg-config --cflags gtk+-3.0 --libs gtk+-3.0`

  You should now have an executable called `main.exe'. Obviously this
  won’t work on Linux, but it also won’t work on Windows until you make
  the GTK libraries available to it at runtime.

1.1.2 Bundle GTK libraries

  Make a subdirectory called `windows' and copy the `.exe' into it. Now
  copy the MinGW libraries over to the same folder. Unfortunately,
  different Linux distributions have different locations (and sometimes
  even different names for the MinGW executables). On Fedora, they’re
  found at `/usr/x86_64-w64-mingw32/sys-root/mingw/*'.

1.1.3 Test on Windows

  If you copy the whole `windows' folder to a Windows computer or VM,
  the program should now run as expected. Magically enough, [WINE] is
  also able to run the program from Linux (although I don’t recommend
  testing with WINE).

  However, the program looks like bad because it uses GNOME’s Adwaita
  theme (which looks bad on Windows), it uses GTK to render the
  client-side decorations (the top of the window with the exit button),
  there’s no icon for the program in Windows’ taskbar, and the program
  runs with a black command prompt window in the
  background. Furthermore, it’s not ideal to distribute the program by
  zipping up this folder and sharing it.

[WINE] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_(software)>

1.1.4 Fix Icon

  Download or create an icon.  From within the code you can set the icon
  for the program like this:

  │ GdkPixbuf *icon;
  │ icon = create_pixbuf("icon.ico");  
  │ gtk_window_set_icon(GTK_WINDOW(window), icon);
  The code for `create_pixbuf' is:
  │ GdkPixbuf *create_pixbuf(const gchar * filename) {
  │    GdkPixbuf *pixbuf;
  │    GError *error = NULL;
  │    pixbuf = gdk_pixbuf_new_from_file(filename, &error);
  │    if (!pixbuf) {
  │       fprintf(stderr, "%s\n", error->message);
  │       g_error_free(error);
  │    }
  │    return pixbuf;
  │ }

  This will change the icon of the program while it’s running. It shows
  up correctly in the Windows taskbar and window decorations, but it
  won’t change the icon of the actual `.exe'. I still recommend
  including this code, because it works to set the icon on Linux desktop

  To change the icon of the executable file on Windows, we have to use
  MinGW’s windres utility. Create a file called “icon.rc” with the

  │ id ICON "icon.ico"

  and then run:

  │ x86_64-w64-mingw32-windres icon.rc -O coff -o icon.res

  Now we can add the `icon.res' resource file to the executable by
  slightly modifying our GCC call:

  │ $ x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc -o main main.c icon.res `mingw64-pkg-config --cflags gtk+-3.0 --libs gtk+-3.0`

  Now the actual `.exe' file will have an icon associated with it on

1.1.5 Remove Command Prompt window

  Just add the `-mwindows' flag to your compile command.

1.1.6 Fix Window Decorations

  You can disable the GTK client-side decorations by adding the
  following line to the code:

  │ putenv("GTK_CSD=0");

  Now the program should use the normal Windows exit button and drag

1.1.7 Switch to a Windows GTK theme

  Adwaita looks bad on Windows. Search [Gnome-Look] for a different GTK3
  theme to use with your app. You can choose a flatter, lighter theme or
  one specifically made to look like Windows. For this example, I chose
  the “Windows10” theme.

  Download and extract the theme, then copy it to the `share/themes/'
  directory in the `windows/' directory we’ve been using.

  Then create a file called `settings.ini' in a `etc/gtk-3.0/' folder
  (also in the `windows/' directory) with the following contents:

  │ [Settings]
  │ gtk-theme-name=Windows10

  Now the program should look like native Windows software:


[Gnome-Look] <https://www.gnome-look.org/>

1.1.8 Generate an installer

  Here’s how to make an installer, so your users don’t have to manually
  unzip this `windows/' folder, using a script called
  [nsiswrapper]. Nsiswrapper generates an [NSIS] script and optionally
  compiles it using `makensis'.

  `cd' into the `windows/' directory, and run:

  │ nsiswrapper --run main.exe ./*

  This should generate a new file called `installer.exe', which you can
  use to distribute the program. The installer is a standard GUI wizard
  that Windows users will be accustomed to. It allows users to
  optionally add a desktop shortcut, start menu entry, and taskbar

  Notably, it also includes an uninstaller.

[nsiswrapper] <https://src.fedoraproject.org/rpms/mingw-nsiswrapper>

[NSIS] <https://sourceforge.net/projects/nsis/>

1.2 Automation + Buildah

  You may have noticed that I’ve been using Fedora to compile this
  program. I’m actually running Arch Linux, but MinGW packages aren’t
  easily available for Arch, so I’ve been using a [Linux container] to
  take advantage of Fedora’s package system.

  I’m using [Buildah] instead of Docker. I wrote a script to automate
  the following tasks

  • set up a named fedora container
  • install the necessary packages using dnf
  • save the container so I don’t have to download dependencies again
  • compile the GTK program using the steps I’ve outlined so far
  • generate the installer

  Before you look at the script, I recommend reading the [buildah
  introduction tutorial].

  │ #!/bin/bash
  │ setup () {
  │     # Create a fedora container
  │     container=$(buildah from fedora)
  │     # Install dependencies 
  │     buildah run $container dnf -y install mingw64-gtk3 mingw32-binutils mingw32-nsiswrapper 
  │      # Fix typo in mingw library
  │     buildah run $container bash -c "sed -i -e 's/-Wl,-luuid/-luuid/g' /usr/x86_64-w64-mingw32/sys-root/mingw/lib/pkgconfig/gdk-3.0.pc"
  │     # Cache image to avoid re-downloading dependencies every time
  │     buildah commit $container my-gtk-app
  │     # Clean up
  │     buildah rm $container
  │ }
  │ build () {
  │     # Create a new container from the base one we created
  │     container=$(buildah from localhost/my-gtk-app)
  │     # Folder to hold everything needed for the windows installer:
  │     output_folder=windows
  │     yes | rm -r $output_folder
  │     mkdir $output_folder
  │     # Directory of your package in the container
  │     folder=/root/app
  │     # Copy program into container
  │     buildah copy $container . $folder
  │     # Name for the executable file on Windows
  │     executable_name="Demo.exe"
  │     # make some folders we'll need
  │     buildah run $container bash -c "cd $folder && mkdir -p $output_folder/share/themes $output_folder/etc/gtk-3.0"
  │     # generate a RC file with the windres utility to embed an icon into the .exe later on
  │     buildah run $container bash -c "cd $folder && x86_64-w64-mingw32-windres icon.rc -O coff -o icon.res"
  │     # copy some project resources
  │     buildah run $container bash -c "cd $folder && cp -r Windows10 $output_folder/share/themes && \
  │     cp settings.ini $output_folder/etc/gtk-3.0/ &&\
  │     cp icon.ico $output_folder"
  │     # Compile program
  │     buildah run $container bash -c "cd $folder && x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc -mwindows -o $executable_name main.c icon.res \`mingw64-pkg-config --cflags gtk+-3.0 --libs gtk+-3.0\`"
  │     # Copy executable into installation folder
  │     buildah run $container bash -c "cd $folder && cp $executable_name $output_folder"
  │     # Copy mingw dlls into installation folder
  │     # This part may need to be personalized
  │     buildah run $container bash -c "yes | cp -r /usr/x86_64-w64-mingw32/sys-root/mingw/{bin/*.dll,share} $folder/$output_folder/"
  │     # Generate an installer
  │     buildah run $container bash -ic "cd $folder/$output_folder && nsiswrapper --run $executable_name ./*"
  │     # Copy the output from the container
  │     cp -ru $(buildah unshare buildah mount $container)$folder/$output_folder .
  │     # Clean up
  │     buildah rm $container
  │ }
  │ # This just checks whether the container already exists on your drive
  │ buildah inspect localhost/my-gtk-app &>/dev/null
  │ return_value=$?
  │ if [ $return_value -eq 1 ]
  │ then
  │     echo "Initial container setup"
  │     setup
  │ fi
  │ # Build project
  │ build

[Linux container] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LXC>

[Buildah] <https://github.com/containers/buildah>

[buildah introduction tutorial]

1.3 References

  • [windows - How do I add an icon to a mingw-gcc compiled executable?
    - Stack Ov…]
  • [Disable client side decorations (GTK_CSD) by default on Windows
    (win32) (#760…]
  • [Compile for Windows on Linux | BlogCompiler]

[windows - How do I add an icon to a mingw-gcc compiled executable? -
Stack Ov…]

[Disable client side decorations (GTK_CSD) by default on Windows (win32)
(#760…] <https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gtk/issues/760>

[Compile for Windows on Linux | BlogCompiler]

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This is the source code for [these

You need to provide your own `icon.ico` file and `Windows10`
folder (available