[cairo] Using cairo on windows?

Dominic Lachowicz domlachowicz at gmail.com
Sat May 13 06:43:45 PDT 2006

Since GTK+ 2.8 and newer depends on Cairo, you can have Cairo
installed on Win32 as a side-effect of installing GTK+. For example:


On 5/13/06, Atul Varma <varmaa at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Writser,
> I completely agree with you.  I compiled Cairo on windows for a
> project I'm working on and was able to get everything to work with the
> win32 backend.  Although I haven't yet tried compiling cairo under
> windows with the PNG or SVG backends, I am interested in helping set
> up a precompiled binary for Windows.  As you said, Cairo is a really
> powerful library and it'd be wonderful if Windows developers had easy
> access to it.
> Has anyone else considered doing this in the past?  I'd be happy to go
> ahead and build something and put it out there as a precompiled
> binary, just let me know.
> - Atul
> On 5/13/06, Writser Cleveringa <writser at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> > hey all,
> >
> > For my study I've been making some simple geometrical programs. Things
> > like computing the convex hull of a set of points, or creating voronoi
> > diagrams. I would like to use cairo to create some smooth graphics of my
> > results and to save them as PNG's or SVG's.
> >
> > However, in windows XP I have lots of troubles getting Cairo up and
> > running. Even without any backend, I could draw my images to an SDL
> > surface and save them using SDL. But having SVG and PNG backends on
> > windows would be even better! I googled about this subject, read the
> > mailing list, examined your site, but have not found any good information
> > about this. I have some experience with msys and mingw but found myself
> > unable to compile cairo on windows. Cairographics.org doesn't even feature
> > some basic pointers for installing cairo on windows (or if there are, I
> > haven't found them).
> >
> > In my opinion it would be really great if one could download a 'Cairo
> > Development Toolkit' for windows. And if that toolkit has support for PNG
> > and SVG as well, that would be really awesome. If I want to develop with
> > SDL on windows, I can download packages:
> >
> > > SDL-devel-1.2.9-VC6.zip (Visual C++ 5,6,7)
> > > SDL-devel-1.2.9-mingw32.tar.gz (Mingw32)
> >
> > and start developing right away. They even have detailed tutorials for
> > using SDL with mingw or Visual Studio. I believe having similar stuff for
> > cairo would encourage lots of programmers to experiment with it.
> > Personally, I could boot linux and develop there (which works like a
> > charm). But lots of other people can't. On top of that, I'd like to make
> > windows binaries, so I can show my stuff to Joe Average!
> >
> > I would like to make windows packages for cairo, or a tutorial about using
> > cairo on windows. I am no guru however, so any help would be appreciated.
> > What are your thoughts about this?
> >
> > regards, Writser
> >
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