libui Node.js bindings.
libui is a simple and portable (but not inflexible) GUI library in C that uses the native GUI technologies of each platform it supports.
It is in early stage of development, but is evolving at great pace and is really awesome.
It could become an awesome, lightweight alternative to Electron to develop multiplatform GUI.
- Windows: Windows Vista SP2 with Platform Update or newer
- Unix: GTK+ 3.10 or newer
- Mac OS X: OS X 10.8 or newer
- All current
libuiAPI, except forthese ones are implemented.
- I’m developing on
linux, so this is the preferred platform to test. OSX should work too, but it’s not tested. Windows has yet to be configured in build scripts, but it will be supported in further releases.
- There are very few tests developed, but they are passing in
Travisthank you to @jjrv awesome work.
- This is not yet battle-tested in a real app, but the control gallery example you saw in the screenshot above is fully working.
- All platforms:
- CMake 2.8.11 or newer
- Windows: either -Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 or newer (2013 is needed for va_copy()) -MinGW-w64 (other flavors of MinGW may not work)
- Unix: nothing else specific
- Mac OS X: nothing else specific, so long as you can build Cocoa programs
We don’t publish new versions to NPM yet.
git clone npm install
To run the control gallery example, type:
Plase look inexamples folder. We will write complete API documentation soon…
Future directions of the project
This binding is actually implementing low-level API straight to the
libui ones. We plan to add another level of API on top of it to simplify GUI building. You can get a taste of how they will be in example utils.js file .
This new API will support transpilation from JSX to further simplify GUI building.
These works will become in future the base for a React-Native like project.
libui binaries are relatively small, we plan to precompile them for supported platforms and publish binaries file directly to NPM, to avoid the native build stage on install.
Contribution & design
libuiwidget implementaion is written in it’s own C++ file in
- Each widget is implemented in it’s own C++ class, each class is a simple wrapper for related libui C functions.
- There is an header file called
ui-node.hthat contains all classes definitions.
- We build the project using the awesomenbind tool, that automate the process of linking a straight C++ class to Node.js stuff…
libui.startLoopto start the GUI event loop. It run one step at a time, you can see inindex.js how this is implemented.
Useful NPM scripts
- test – run AVA tests && XO linting.
- start – start the control gallery example
- build – rebuild C++ sources
- build:libui – rebuild libui sources under
- libui – Simple and portable (but not inflexible) GUI library in C that uses the native GUI technologies of each platform it supports.
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