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wxWidgets 3.1.1 Released
GSoC 2017 Projects
wxWidgets 3.0.3 Released
New Major wxPython Release
We Will Participate in GSoC 2017
wxWidgets 3.1.0 Released
Official Switch to Git
wxWidgets 3.0.2 Released
Summer of Code 2014 Results
wxWidgets 3.0.1 Released
Accepted Proposals for GSoC 2014
NuGet Package with wxWidgets Template
Google Summer of Code 2014
New Official Website Launched
wxWidgets 3.0.0 Released
wxWidgets 2.9.5 Released
wxCrafter 1.1 Plugin for CodeLite Released
wxWidgets 2.9.4 Released
Google Drive Uses wxWidgets
wxWidgets for Android Campaign
wxWidgets 2.9.3 Released
wxWidgets 2.9.2 Released
Comparison of GCC Options for Windows
wxWidgets 2.8.12 Released
wxWidgets 2.9.1 Released
WebsitePainter Released
wxWebConnect 1.1 Released
Jutoh 1.05 Released
GSoC 2010 Projects Announced
wxWidgets 2.8.11 Released
wxWidgets 2.9.0 Released
Compiling wxWidgets on Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard
wxWebConnect Web Browser Control Library Announced
wxWidgets Featured in Best Applications List
AxTk Accessibility Toolkit Announced
Sources of wxWidgets-based E Text Editor Released
Google Summer of Code Projects Announced
DialogBlocks 4.30 Released
wxForms for Delphi
Google Summer of Code 2009
wxWidgets 2.8.10 Released
New Version of wxDesigner Based on wxWidgets pre-3.0 Released
wxWidgets in 2008
wxWidgets Packages Appear In OpenSolaris
wxWidgets 2.8.9 Released
Writer's Café 2 Released
Jungle Disk Desktop 2.0 Released
wxWidgets 2.8.8 Released
wxWidgets Sample Included in NVIDIA Scene Graph
New wxVCL and wxForms Releases
wxWidgets and the Eee PC
wxWidgets 2.8.7 Released
wxWidgets on Maemo
Looking forward to wxWidgets 3.0
Linux Pro Gives wxWidgets 9 of 10
New Article: Programming C++ GUIs

2006 and Older

May 4th, 2006

  • We are pleased to announce that wxWidgets is a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code initiative. If you are a student with some free time this summer, then you can be one of many who will be selected to work for 4500 USD on open source projects. Find out more about Google Summer of Code, and sign up, at the Google Summer of Code website. The list of project suggestions can be found on the wxWiki. Happy coding!

April 2nd, 2006

  • A new version of lbDMF (0.7.0) with a great wxWidgets based GUI sample application has been released. The new version includes improvements such as GUI state storage to file, a new property editor and layout capabilities and more. The sample can be used to rapidly develop database applications without writing a line of code.

March 25th, 2006

  • wxWidgets 2.6.3 has been released: please see the download page for details. This is a bug fix release. Notable improvements include Mac universal binary creation with the command-line tools, Windows Mobile 5.0 support, context menu and enhanced file selector support on Windows CE, AMD 64-bit compilation on Windows, better VC++ 2005 support, and more efficient paint handling on wxGTK.

March 19th, 2006

  • wxWidgets 2.6.3 Release Candidate 2 is available.

March 18th, 2006

  • The source for Xara LX, the vector graphics application being ported to wxWidgets, has been released under the GPL. You can download a pre-built downloadable version of Xara LX 0.3, and there are now many working drawing tools and features - you can draw shapes, color them and use the fill, transparency, blend, shape editing and other tools.

March 10th, 2006

  • The wxWidgets book is now available as a PDF from here, at the Bruce Perens’ Open Source Series page.

March 5th, 2006

  • BitWise IM Version 1.7.1 is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Showcasing wxWidgets’ support for Intel-based Macs, the Mac OS X version is now a Universal Binary! BitWise is an encrypted cross-platform instant messenger featuring text messaging, whiteboards, file sharing, voice chat, encryption and more. Personal and Professional versions are available, the latter providing a completely private IM network with administrative rights.

February 13th, 2006

  • wxWidgets 2.6.3 Release Candidate 1 is available. Please do test it and let us know if you find any serious problems.

January 19th, 2006

  • wxWidgets is having a Bug Day, a concerted effort to fix bugs and clean up the trackers, to reduce the tally of 945 open bugs. It will take place Saturday 21st January between 9:00AM EST (14:00 GMT) and 9:00PM EST (02:00 GMT), but also beyond that if there is interest. For more information, see this announcement. Please join in if you can!

January 10th, 2006

  • Kirix Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of wxAUI 0.9.1 for download. wxAUI is an Advanced User Interface library that aims to implement “cutting-edge” interface usability and design features so developers can quickly and easily create beautiful and usable application interfaces. The centerpiece of the library is a docking manager which allows windows to be floated/docked onto a frame. Please click here for more information.

January 5th, 2006

  • Koan Software is happy to announce the new license release of wxIndustrialControls. wxIndustrialControls, also known as KWIC cross platform library, provides a set of graphical widgets for showing digital and analogic values. Starting from January 2006 the source code becomes freely available under KWIC license (a modified LGPL). Contributors and developers are welcome, as are patches and improvements.

December 23rd, 2005

  • wxVisualSetup for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 has been released. wxVisualSetup by Lit Window Productions integrates the wxWidgets library into Microsofts Visual Studio IDE. The project wizard creates ANSI or Unicode projects with static or DLL wxWidgets libraries. A script for the “Inno Setup” package creates installer for your program. wxVisualSetup also makes the wxWidgets documentation available in the Visual Studio Online Help. wxVisualStudio 2005 works with all versions of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, including the Express versions. It is also available for Visual Studio 2002 and 2003.

December 20th, 2005

  • Chandler 0.6 has been released. Chandler is a personal information management from the Open Source Applications Foundation, using wxPython.

November 21st, 2005

  • Dataton have won the Projection Product of the Year award at the entertainment technology trade show, ETS-LDI, with a wxWidgets-based application. Dataton WATCHOUT is multi-display production and presentation system, managing graphics, images, video, audio on a wide variety of display devices.

November 20th, 2005

  • Robert Roebling has updated his information on the port of wxWidgets to GPE, a PDA environment based on GTK+.

October 13th, 2005

  • Xara has announced that they are making their Xara Xtreme vector and bitmap package open source. They are using wxWidgets to maintain Windows, Linux and MacOS X versions.

October 4th, 2005

  • wxWidgets is helping the Dutch submit their tax forms digitally on Windows, Mac and Linux.

September 21st, 2005

  • wxWidgets 2.6.2 has been released: please see the download page for details. This is a bug fix release.

September 13th, 2005

  • Michael Reithinger is pleased to announce faces 2.1.0, a python based project management tool. faces offers great simplicity and flexibility in building and displaying project plans; it uses wxPython and currently runs under Linux and Windows.

August 20, 2005

  • Arnout Engelen has been experimenting with XML and the wxWidgets documentation for some time, and has two interesting contributions: the latest wxWidgets manual from CVS enhanced with user-contributed notes and quick-navigation toolbar, plus the wxWidgets manual as manpages.

August 19, 2005

  • H-ITT (Hyper Interactive Teaching Technology) today released the latest version of their software with numerous new features for their classroom response system. The software is used for collecting and grading responses from students who respond to questions from their instructor using hand held remote units or clickers. The software runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems thanks to wxWidgets.

August 13th, 2005

  • Kevin Hock, co-author of the wxWidgets book, has returned from a successful LinuxWorld 2005 session in San Francisco where he gave a well-received presentation, mixed with current and potential wxWidgets users, and discussed publicity with the book’s publisher, Pearson. You can view Kevin’s presentation here (PowerPoint format).

July 27th, 2005

  • The wxWidgets book is published today! For information about content and availability, please see the book page.

June 7th, 2005

  • Following Apple’s announcement that they will switch to Intel processors, Stefan Csomor has demonstrated the wxWidgets minimal sample running natively on an Intel-based Mac OS X system. The few necessary changes will be in wxWidgets 2.6.2 and existing wxMac developers should find the transition to Intel fairly painless.

June 3rd, 2005

  • wxWidgets 2.6.1 has been released: please see the download page for details. Bug fixes include refresh improvements on Windows, better wxX11 menu support, wxMac fixes for Tiger, and the ability to compile wxMSW with Winelib under Unix.

May 20th, 2005

  • Persony announces VShow, a cost-effective Web conferencing product that uses standard Web servers to host online meetings. By leveraging millions of current Web servers, VShow makes Web conferencing affordable to small businesses and individuals.

May 9th, 2005

  • German Carrera has revised wxPlot, based on PLPlot. It supports a variety of plotting styles suitable for scientific applications.

May 6th, 2005

  • BitWise IM Version 1.0.4 is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, thanks to wxWidgets. BitWise IM is an encrypted cross-platform instant messenger featuring text messaging, whiteboards, file sharing, voice chat, encryption and more. Personal and Professional versions are available, the latter providing a completely private IM network with administrative rights.

May 3rd, 2005

  • We’re in Tiger! wxWidgets 2.5.3 Unicode (as well as wxPython and wxPerl 2.5.3 Unicode) are being bundled as part of the Mac OS X Tiger operating system, currently Amazon’s number one seller in the software category.

April 23rd, 2005

  • wxVisualSetup 2.6 has been released. wxVisualSetup by Lit Window Productions integrates the wxWidgets library into Microsofts Visual Studio .NET IDE. It includes a wizard that creates wxWidgets projects with a few mouse clicks, makes the wxWidgets documentation available in the Visual Studio Online Help and enables Intellisense for most wxWidgets functions.

April 21st, 2005

  • wxWidgets 2.6.0 has been released: please see the download page for details. This is the first official, stable release for a long time but we think the wait has been worth it.

April 7th, 2005

  • Kynosoft is glad to announce the first release of Magic Splitter, a quick and easy to use file splitting and checksum utility. It features checksum verification for split files, a standalone rebuild utility, and MD5, SHA1 and CRC-32 checksums calculation and verification.

April 4th, 2005

  • wxWidgets 2.5.5 has been released: please see the download page. The next release will be 2.6.0 (stable).

March 30th, 2005

  • Zephyr Automated Test Runner 1.0.0 has been released. Zephyr is an automated functional and regression testing tool. It will test any application, written in any language, that has a GUI interface. Zephyr takes the place of a user pointing, clicking and entering text. For more information and downloads for Windows and Linux.

March 22nd, 2005

  • WinCustomizer - Admin Edition for Windows XP, by Thunderbird Software, has been released. WinCustomizer - Admin Edition lets you set per-user settings for all the users on your system.

March 10th, 2005

  • Autosort 0.9.2 has been released. Autosort is a program that automatically sorts outgoing and incoming mail, making all filters or rules in your email client redundant.

February 24, 2005

  • wxWidgets 2.5.4 has been released: please the download page. This is a development snapshot; we intend to make one more snapshot release (2.5.5) and then make the stable 2.6 release in March. Please let us have feedback and patches based on your experience on 2.5.4!

February 15, 2005

  • Kirix today released Kirix Strata, a dynamic desktop database application for both Windows and Linux that leverages the open-source wxWidgets library. With an intuitive graphical interface and almost unlimited data capacity, Strata provides a more effective way to work with data. In addition to the release today, Kirix Strata also wins the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Award for Best Desktop/Productivity/Business Application.

January 5th, 2005

  • Koan is proud to announce the release preview of wxIndustrialControls. wxIndustrialControls provides a set of graphical widgets for showing and manage digital and analogue values. A wxMSW executable demo is available at the Koan website.

December 22nd, 2004

  • H-ITT’s Acquisition software, used for collecting responses from students in the classroom now runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows operating systems. With this release H-ITT becomes the first vendor of its kind to release software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems. All three of these operating systems are in use in the higher education environment. This allows H-ITT’s clients to work with the operating system of their choice.

October 18th, 2004

  • The first public release of Hajo Kirchoff’s Lit Window Library (for C++) is now available at from LitWindow itself. The goal of The Lit Window Library is to speed up C++ GUI coding by a factor of 10. It greatly reduces the amount of work needed to code user interface requirements. This is not just another “better widgets” library. The library introduces two new, different concepts to UI coding: a data abstraction layer (reflections) and rule-based programming. See the Lit Window home page for more information.

October 15th, 2004

  • William Osborne has won our contest to win a free Tungsten T5 or equivalent, as the first person to show the minimal sample running under Palm OS 6. We didn’t think it would happen this fast!

October 11th, 2004

  • The latest development snapshot has been released, wxWidgets 2.5.3.

September 28th, 2004

  • The wxWidgets team is offering a free Tungsten T5 or equivalent to the first person to show the minimal sample running under Palm OS 6.

September 20th, 2004

  • H-ITT releases Mac OS X and Linux versions of their software.

    H-ITT’s software is now cross platform thanks to open source wxWidgets C++ framework.

    Hyper-Interactive Teaching Technology (H-ITT), a leader in hand-held remote technology for the classroom, today announced the release of a Mac OS X and Linux version of their Analyzer Software.

    H-ITT’s Analyzer, used for grading student responses and communicating with students via e-mail now runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows operating systems. This release is yet another one of H-ITT’s major advances in audience response technology. With this release H-ITT becomes the first vendor to release software for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. All three of these operating systems are in use in the higher education environment. This allows H-ITT’s clients to work with the operating system of their choice.

    H-ITT accomplished this feat by utilizing the popular open-source wxWidgets C++ framework. This framework allows H-ITT’s software development team to target multiple platforms from one code base. In addition, utilizing wxWidgets allows the applications to have the native look-and-feel of their respective operating systems.

    “We started using wxWidgets 4 years ago knowing that if we ever need to do a Mac or Linux version we could. The port went very smoothly. In fact, I wouldn’t even call it porting because almost no changes were made to the source code. We can now target all three platforms with ease and we like the native look and feel each application has on its operating system,” says Larry, head of H-ITT’s application development team.

    H-ITT users can now collect data in class from the students on Windows machine utilizing the Acquisition software and grade and analyze it on the operating system of their choice. This is due in part to the cross platform XML file format. H-ITT plans to release a Mac OS X and Linux version of the Acquisition program in time for the start of the spring 2005 semester.

September 8th, 2004

  • Gubed PHP Debugger v0.1.1 by Linus McCabe has been released for Linux and Windows. Gubed PHP Debugger is a cross platform program to visually debug PHP scripts. It supports stepping though code, halting at errors and breakpoints, watching variables, as well as other features you’d expect from a debugger.

August 30th, 2004

  • Jorgen Bodde has set up a wxWidgets Message Board, for those who prefer an alternative method of discussion.

July 26th, 2004

  • Koan Software has enhanced its real-time Linux distribution for industrial applications with support for wxWidgets.

June 1st, 2004

  • elementec announces Backup & Compress 1.1, a backup tool written using wxWidgets. It has a built-in scheduler and supports full and incremental backups. Backup archives are stored in ZIP files locally or on a file server in the local network.

May 31st, 2004

  • wxWidgets 2.5.2 has been released. This is a development snapshot. Amongst other improvements, sizers are working properly again in 2.5.2, and wxMac has come on leaps and bounds.

May 7th, 2004

  • The wxWidgets Edinburgh Fund is available to make small donations to help contributors.

April 18th, 2004

  • Following on from the recent wxMac reorganisation and improvements, we are launching a wxMac fundraising campaign. Please help us support your wxMac applications by making a donation, however small.
  • Check out the wxWidgets Bounties page where you can advertise for developers to implement a particular feature in exchange for a fee, or implement a feature yourself to claim the bounty.

April 14th, 2004

  • Shinkuro, Inc. is using wxWidgets for software to share files across enterprise boundaries securely. Shinkuro also includes secure instant messaging and secure screen sharing, to give you a complete collaboration environment.

March 10th, 2004

  • We are pleased to announce that Software in the Public Interest (SPI, Inc.) has voted to add wxWidgets to its list of supported projects. This means that we can now accept tax-exempt donations within the United States.

March 9th, 2004

  • BitWise Version 1.0 has been released and is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. BitWise is an encrypted, full-featured, ad-free instant messaging network built with wxWidgets. The Professional version, with additional security and privacy, is also available.

February 23rd, 2004

  • wxWidgets 2.5.1 has been released. This is a development snapshot.

February 20th, 2004

  • wxWindows is changing its name to wxWidgets. Please read this page for more details.

February 10th, 2004

  • wxWidgets has been used in the latest release of the popular windows usenet browser, Forte Agent.

January 13th, 2004

  • Arnout Engelen has spotted wxWidgets being used for home banking software provided by the Belgian ING bank, here.

January 10th, 2004

  • Zeemo 1.2.9 has been released. You can use Zeemo for dating (with pictures, profiles and descriptions), instant messaging (with smileys and thumbnails), selling and buying, finding a job/employees, sharing files, and reading news.

January 6th, 2004

  • wxH2Help released. wxH2Help, by Thomas Kux, integrates wxWidgets 2.4 documentation into Visual Studio .NET 2002 and Visual Studio .NET 2003.

October 30th, 2003

  • wxWidgets now has its own organisation to protect its intellectual property and help promote the project - please see the wxWindows Software Foundation pages, and also a letter to our users and contributors.

September 22nd, 2003

  • wxWidgets 2.4.2 has been released. This is a bug fix release.

August 20th, 2003

  • AOL has released AOL Communicator, built with a modified version of wxWidgets.

July 28th, 2003

July 25th, 2003

  • Robert Roebling has been playing with GPE on his iPAQ and has cross-compiled the wxWidgets Life! demo for it. GPE uses GTK+ 2 and comes with a number of PDA applications, making it a near-complete organiser environment.

July 18th, 2003

  • The July 2003 issue of Linux Journal has an article by Taran Rampersad describing the benefits and uses of wxWidgets.

July 16th, 2003

  • The latest alpha of KDevelop sports a wxWidgets project option.

July 12th, 2003

  • Progress has been made at last on the port to Windows CE. See the wxEmbedded page for details and a screenshot of the minimal sample running under emulation. If you want to see your wxWidgets apps running on a phone near you, get the latest code from wxWidgets CVS (head) and help with the porting effort!

July 7th, 2003

  • Announcing Musik 0.1.2, an open source (under the BSD license) multimedia library; specifically supporting mp3 and ogg. It functions as a player, tagger, and organizer. It is crafted in the “iTunes” fashon, and written completely in wxWidgets with the help of a few additional libraries, such as id3lib, vorbis, fmod, and sqlite. Currently supported platforms are Win32 and Linux with GTK2.

July 5th, 2003

  • wx.NET 0.2 has been released. wx.NET is a C# binding for .NET/Mono.

June 20th, 2003

  • wxPython has been released. Please see the wxPython site for more details.

June 13th, 2003

  • wxWidgets 2.4.1 has been released. This contains bug fixes to 2.4.0, including improved behaviour on Windows XP.

June 10th, 2003

  • Ryan Wilcox will be speaking at MacHack: “Cross-Platform Programming in wxWidgets (or: how to take it all with you, without Java)”.

June 2nd, 2003

  • wxOTL 0.3 has been released. wxOTL is a wxWidgets database programming library. Changes in this release include a new database grid (wxOTLGrid - wxOTLGridVariantTable), separation of database interface classes and DB GUI controls, several DB interface classes (for ODBC and others), updated makefiles for MinGW and Borland C++, and screenshots of all the samples.

June 1st, 2003

  • wxCRP 1.2 has been released - it’s a cool template wizard, very customisable, and now with an HTTP update facility.
  • Linux Journal has published wxWindows for Cross-Platform Coding written by Taran Rampersad outlining many good reasons for using wxWindows.

May 21st, 2003

  • wxWidgets has been positively reviewed in the popular UK computer magazine PC Plus for July 2003 (edition 204). “It’s a well-respected C++ toolkit… a huge number of sample applications are provided.” wxWidgets gains a PC Plus Value Award.

May 19th, 2003

  • wx4J 0.1.0 has been released. wx4j is a Java binding for wxWidgets providing a Java GUI toolkit using native widgets. Since wx4j uses native widgets, it utilizes the native look and feel. This is the initial public release of wx4j.

May 13th, 2003

May 12th, 2003

  • Will McGugan has released Chess Commander. Play chess against the computer as well as against email and network opponents with one powerful and graphically rich interface.

May 11th, 2003

  • The TerraIM is a lightweight TOC AOL Instant Messenger - it fits on a floppy, requires no install and yet implements the most commonly used instant messaging features.

May 8th, 2003

  • The WEDELMUSIC project at the University of Florence is using wxWidgets. WEDELMUSIC is an innovative idea to allow the distribution and sharing of interactive music via Internet totally respecting the publisher rights and protecting them from copyright violation. The WEDELMUSIC editor is based on XML and includes: full music notation editor, automatic formatting and printing music notation, MIDI player, audio player, video player, synchronisation facilities, image score viewer, slide show, and many other features. The MUSIC Editor is now in Open Source.

April 22nd, 2003

  • wx.NET, a C# binding for .NET/Mono is making good progress: see the chart of completed classes.
  • Shiv Shankar Ramakrishnan, a Microsoft employee with wxWidgets development experience, has very generously donated a massive amount of Microsoft software to core wxWidgets developers, which has allowed us to test wxWidgets against VC++ 7 and generally get us up-to-date with operating systems and other packages. Many many thanks to Shiv!

February 19th, 2003

  • A first cut at Active Accessibility support has been committed to CVS head.

February 10th, 2003

  • Julian Smart gave a presentation and a tutorial at FOSDEM 2003.

January 30th, 2003

  • Announcing Zeemo 1.03, a new all-in-one wxWidgets application that combines advertising, searching for advertisements, instant messaging and file sharing.

January 6th, 2003

  • wxWidgets 2.4.0 has been released at last! This is the first official stable-API release since 2.2.9 and contains many enhancements in just about every area. 2.4.0 is the first synchronized official release to include wxMac, wxX11 and wxOS/2.

December 12th, 2002

  • H-ITT is proud to release their latest version of their audience polling software widely used in numerous universities across the globe.

November 26th, 2002

  • wxWidgets 2.3.4 has been released. This should be positively the last development release before the stable 2.4.0 release.

November 18th, 2002

November 12th, 2002

  • The Intuitive Works have released Intuitive MX, a sophisticated multitrack audio recording system at a low cost that’s likely to make waves in the sound software industry.

November 10th, 2002

  • The Open Source Initiative has approved the wxWidgets licence, allowing us to put the OSI mark on our web site.

October 22nd, 2002

  • Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Corp. and author of Lotus 1-2-3, chooses wxWidgets and wxPython! Other big names involved with the Open Source Applications Foundation include Andy Hertzfeld (author of the original Mac toolbox) and Tim O’Reilly. See also articles in The Register, and Slashdot.

October 11th, 2002

  • CVS has moved to SunSITE Denmark.

October 4th, 2002

  • There have been a lot of favourable responses to Robert Roebling’s wxEmbedded announcement on Slashdot.

September 22nd, 2002

  • Robert Roebling has cross-compiled wxX11 for the iPAQ. For screenshots, downloads and instructions, see the wxEmbedded page.

September 16th, 2002

  • wxWidgets 2.3.3 has at last been released, from the development branch. This should be the last development release before the stable 2.4.0 release.

August 11th, 2002

  • Many thanks to Arnout Engelen for setting up the wxWiki: a set of user-editable pages for discussion, tutorials, code snippets and so forth.

July 22nd, 2002

  • We have a new ftp site, based at York University in the UK. A big thank you to Chris Elliott for hosting this site, and a fond farewell to our old ftp site hosted by Remstar/FastPic Systems.

June 11th, 2002

  • The National Center for Biotechnology Information released version 4.0 of Cn3D, its protein structure and sequence alignment visualization tool. Cn3D uses wxWidgets to run on Windows, Macintosh, Solaris, Linux, and IRIX.

April 19th, 2002

  • New article: Porting MFC applications to Linux: A step-by-step guide to using wxWidgets, by Markus Neifer, April 2002. A nice primer for MFC developers migrating to wxWidgets, on the IBM developerWorks site.

March 19th, 2002

  • The web site has been reworked, with a simplified toolbar and stronger colours. A search facility is now in place thanks to Google, and the screen shots section is prettier and more extensive.
  • A wxWidgets user has pointed out a very interesting article: Case Study: Clusters and Image Processing at LinuxPlanet. This describes the port to Linux of a very large application, and they chose wxWidgets for their GUI. “ImageLinks now uses the Open Source version of wxWidgets for all its current GUI development. Doing this ensures that everything interfaces cleanly and also makes it easier in the long run to add other GUIs along the way because ImageLinks has access to all the source code.”

March 6th, 2002

  • SciTech Software has announced screenshots and demos for wxMGL running under DOS.

March 1st, 2002

  • SciTech Software has announced their Display Doctor 7.0, a commercial application for optimizing graphics. This has an unusual UI, using wxHTML and applets to produce a very consumer-oriented interface.

February 26th, 2002

  • Good progress is being made on the wxWidgets for X11 port, which uses the wxUniversal widgets and requires only the X11 libraries. wxWidgets/X11 will be usable in embedded applications, along with Tiny-X or Nano-X (MicroWindows).

January 14th, 2002

  • There’s a CodingStyle interview with several of the wxWidgets developers on Steve Frampton’s site.

January 4th, 2002

  • wxWidgets 2.2.9 is the latest stable release. Various fixes, as summarised in changes.txt.

December 17th, 2001

  • A big thank-you to VMware for supplying VMware 3.0 licences to wxWidgets developers.

December 11th, 2001

  • wxWidgets 2.3.2 is the second major release of the development tree. The biggest change in the development version is that the Mac version is now 90% ready for production use and supports MacOS 8.6 or higher as well as MacOS X or higher.

    Additionally, a new port has been created - called wxUniversal - which draws all widgets itself instead of using the various native GUIs. This is aimed at embedded devices or special controls on the existing platforms.

    The OS/2 port is also improving step by step, although it is not yet ready for general use. Its basics might be used in connection with the wxUniversal code in the near future.

    Last but not least, the two main platforms, Windows and GTK+, as well as the generic code, have seen hundreds of improvements and additions.

July 2nd, 2001

  • See the wxUniversal page for news of the generic widget project, as well as the wxMGL and wxMicroWindows ports that will use it.

June 22nd, 2001

  • wxWidgets 2.3.1 is the first complete development snapshot for a long time. We have waited until as many bugs as possible were fixed and some stability (for a development branch!) was achieved, so that people who really need the new features can start using it. Compared with the 2.2.x releases, there are various new classes including wxFileName, wxToggleButton, wxDbGrid, wxContextHelp, wxHelpProvider, wxSplashScreen. There are also improvements to many other classes, plus peripheral class libraries such as wxCanvas, wxPlot and wxRC (the new XML-based wxWidgets resource system). For other changes, please see the change log.

May 22nd, 2001

  • wxWidgets 2.2.7 has further fixes since 2.2.6. You may also like to check out the development snapshots in the same section. The main download site is now SourceForge.

March 12th, 2001

  • wxWidgets 2.2.6 is the latest stable distribution with a small number of fixes since 2.2.5.
  • The comp.soft-sys.wxwindows usenet group has now been created!

January 31st, 2001

  • wxWidgets 2.2.5 includes more fixes.

August 21st, 2000

  • wxWidgets 2.2.1 is the latest official stable release. The most bug-free, easiest-to-install release yet…

July 28th, 2000

  • Vaclav Slavik has recently written an article about wxWidgets for a Czech ezine.
  • Dr Dobbs Journal also carries a piece on wxWidgets.
  • There is a lot of traffic on the wxStudio mailing list, and Gerd Mueller has offered to make the WipeOut IDE open source and merge it with wxStudio. There is a new wxStudio page on SourceForge.

July 9th, 2000

  • wxWidgets 2.2.0 is the result of many fixes and enhancements to 2.1, and is an official stable release.

June 4th, 2000

  • wxWidgets 2.1.16 contains fixes for wxGTK, wxMSW and wxMotif. It is hoped that this is the last release before the stable 2.2 version.

May 1st, 2000

  • Sams Teach Yourself C++ for Linux in 21 Days has a chapter on GUI programming with several pages devoted to wxWidgets. This chapter was written by Jonathan Parry-McCulloch. The accompanying CD-ROM contains a wxWidgets distribution.

March 28th, 2000

  • wxWidgets 2.1.15 contains a few fixes for wxGTK and wxMSW. wxMSW and wxMotif users who already have 2.1.14 do not need to rush to download this version! The fixes in the patch file (see main download page) contain the major differences between 2.1.14 and 2.1.15.

March 21st, 2000

  • wxWidgets 2.1.14 is now available for Windows, Motif and GTK. Again, great strides have been made since the previous official version (2.1.11), and 2.2 will be the next official stable version. Many things have been fixed and added.
  • Robin Dunn is contributing a wxStyledTextCtrl, a wrapper around the Scintilla styled text edit control. It can be used to provide syntax highlighting for various languages, and other applications. A snapshot of this work in progress,, is provided on the ftp site alongside the latest wxWidgets release.
  • Guilhem Lavaux has reworked his MMedia sound and video class library and started its documentation; it too is available alongside the latest release as

January 14th, 2000

  • Mumit Khan of Mingw32 fame has been testing wxWidgets against Mingw32, to eliminate some bugs in both products and get wxWidgets compilation as a DLL working for Mingw32.
  • Vadim has added his wxDateTime and wxCalendarCtrl classes and samples to the CVS archive.
  • TIFF support has been added, and wxImage speeded up.
  • Guillermo Rodriguez Garcia has added a new Game of Life demo.
  • The DDE sample now works in socket mode, at last.
  • Vadim has got clipboard copy and paste working for metafiles, by adding an enhanced metafile class.
  • The wxWidgets web site is now hosted on SourceGear’s server, with a bug tracker and other facilities to follow shortly.

November 9th, 1999

wxWidgets 2.1.11 is now available for Windows, Motif and GTK. The final 2.2 public release will have further bug fixes, but 2.1.11 is pretty stable - a big improvement on 2.0.1 and better than previous snapshots. Here are a few of the features that make it well worth the upgrade:

  • Numerous bug fixes and consistency improvements.
  • Further samples.
  • Factoring out of some code into base classes, for easier maintenance.
  • Ability to compile library in console (non-GUI) mode.
  • Integration of wxHTML widget and help controller into wxWidgets. wxHTML allows HTML viewing and printing (wxGTK and wxMSW, partial support in wxMotif).
  • New classes wxChrono, wxDialUpManager, wxFontEnumerator, wxWizard, wxStaticLine, etc.
  • wxShowTip for showing ‘startup tips’ to the user.
  • wxSocket and wxThread classes rewritten.
  • New, consistent drag and drop API (not wxMotif).
  • Better-looking dialogs in wxGTK; native message box used in wxMotif.
  • wxSizers reimplemented and used to specify window layout for some generic dialogs.
  • New, more sophisticated wxGrid class (in beta). The old grid class can still be used.
  • Text alignment options in wxStaticText.
  • wxImage class extended to read PCX and GIF files.
  • Documentation improvements.
  • Revised configure system for wxGTK and wxMotif; tmake-based system for generating wxMSW makefiles.
  • Installer for Windows as alternative to zip archives.

August 6th, 1999

Today, a snapshot release of the MSW and the GTK ports has been made. The two snapshots are synchronized and have been tested for several weeks and should thus be considered to be quite stable. Among the many new features that have appeared since version 2.0 was release are:

  • A great number of incompatiblities between the GTK and the MSW port have been removed. This holds escecially true for the way, time and order, controls send notifications to the user program.
  • Practically all widgets have been updated, removing bugs or adding missing features to specific ports (mostly the GTK port).
  • The GTK port now supports GTK version 1.2 as well as 1.0, giving access to the many new features, such as e.g. menu accelerators.
  • Many of the non-GUI classes have been reworked and new ones added, the stream classes having undergone a complete rewrite.
  • The addition of code to handle Unicode has begun and is in an advanced state.
  • The Python bindings (wxPython) have been largely improved and upadted to the newest API and features.

July 31st, 1999

We are glad to announce the start of the work on the new wxWidgets port - wxBeOS which will implement wxWidgets 2 API for BeOS. Thanks to Be for donating licenses to wxWidgets project to make it possible.

If you’re interested in helping with this new port, please write to wxWidgets developers mailing list!

May 27th, 1999

  • Beta 1 of wxWidgets 2 for Mac has been released, thanks to Stefan Csomor’s amazing efforts.
  • Work continues on the development branch of wxWidgets 2 for MSW, GTK and Motif. Vadim has been reworking the MSW implementation to solve some internal design problems, as well as factoring out base classes to make development easier.
  • Work on consistent drag and drop support in GTK and MSW continues.

March 1st, 1999

wxWidgets 2 launch day!

  • wxWidgets 2 officially launched, after more than two years’ development of the API and ports to Windows, GTK and Motif (Mac to follow).

November 26th 1998

  • wxWidgets 1.68E contains minor bug fixes and now compiles with MS VC++ 6.0, and (hopefully) BC++ 5.0, as well as Cygwin b20.
  • The latest wxWidgets 2.0 alpha shows good progress on the Motif port, with a tabbed MDI implementation, a nice wxToolBar class and most major classes working. wxWidgets 2.0 for Windows now works with VC++ 6.0, BC++ 5.0 and Cygwin b20. There’s a problem linking with Mingw32, I don’t know why this is, perhaps something to do with differences in the way pragmas are handled.
  • There is also good progress with Stefan Csomor’s wxMac 2.0: watch this space.
  • Work is finally underway on a wxWidgets IDE!
  • Aleksandras Gluchovas is working on a docking window implementation and the results are pretty impressive so far. The source also includes work on persistent storage classes.

September 13th 1998

  • The main ftp site is now, since the AIAI site is no longer available for uploads.

August 23rd 1998

  • wxGTK and wxMSW 2.0 progress continues apace. The API is being unified quite successfully, and most of the samples now compile under both ports.
  • We are looking for sponsorship of wxMotif 2.0.

April 28th 1998

  • wxWidgets 1.68C has been released. This mainly provides compatibility with Gnu-Win32 b19 and Mingw32.
  • wxWidgets 2.0 beta 9 has been released. Again, this provides Gnu-Win32 b19/Mingw32 compatibility plus a few small bug fixes.

March 22nd 1998

  • The mailing list addresses have changed. You may need to re-subscribe if you subscribed since February 1998.

January 5th 1998

  • wxWidgets 1.68B is available.
  • wxWidgets 2.0 has another port in progress - wxGTK by Robert Roebling.
  • The Windows and Xt/Motif ports to 2.0 are progressing well. A large proportion of the documentation has been done. One of the main things to resolve is how transformations (such as scaling and translation) will be done in 2.0, but we’re heading towards agreement.
  • There is a new wxWidgets Developers Site in preparation, for people developing ports of wxWidgets. There are newsgroups and a wxwin-developers mailing list.
  • 40 wxWidgets CD-ROMs have been sold, mostly outside the U.K.
  • Antonia Charlotte Smart was born on November 1st 1997. Naturally, she’s as cute as her parents.

August 13th 1997

  • Added Getting Started page for new users.
  • There’s a good review of wxWidgets by Oliver Niedung and Stefan Gunther in iX, a German computer magazine.

July 24th 1997

  • wxWidgets 1.67 released.

July 22nd 1997

  • Check out Forty Thieves, a great card game by Chris Breeze of Hitachi Europe Limited.

July 16th 1997

  • Jobst Schmalenbach has set up Australian FTP and HTTP mirrors.
  • Arthur Tetzlaff-Deas is starting to look afresh at a port of wxWidgets 2.0 to NeXTStep. This is more relevant now that the NeXT OS will be essential to the Apple Mac’s future.
  • The next release of wxWidgets for Motif/XView/Windows should be within the next two weeks or so. I have abandoned documentation in wxHelp form in favour of the much better quality HTML format, which I will be including with the distribution from now on.

July 7th 1997

  • For news on wxWidgets 2.0 development, please see “What’s coming next?”, developments include DLL and experimental Netscape Plugin support. The estimate for a release date has been put back to October 1997 - to be out of the way before Smart Jr. arrives in November…
  • Negotiations with a U.S. company about development of wxWidgets into a commercial product fell through, since it was not possible to agree about the continuation of a version of wxWidgets that maintains the free, collaborative spirit that currently exists.

May 18th 1997

  • wxWidgets 2.0 development (mostly for the Windows platform) is on track thanks to funding for wxWin-related consultancy - thank you to those concerned! This work is still on the free version of 2.0, although an additional commercial version may be developed sometime in the future. Markus Holzem continues to generously donate his spare time for Motif/Xt developments, and Greg Whitehead is looking into the Mac version of 2.0.
  • Guilhem Lavaux has contributed a first version of wxSocket, a set of classes for network programming based on work by Andrew Davison. Currently this works on Motif/Xt and is coded but not yet tested for Windows. The wxIPC classes on the UNIX side have been rewritten to take advantage of the new classes. wxSocket is a great contribution that will be a part of wxWidgets 2.0. Meanwhile, do check it out and help Guilhem debug and develop it further.
  • Other noteworthy contributions in recent weeks include a patch for using bitmap masks on X for transparency effects - another Lavaux effort! - plus thread classes by Wolfram Gloger, updates to wxXt by Markus Holzem, a start at OLE control support by Norbert Grotz, an improved Winstall by Stefan Hammes, and wxPreferences by Bart Jourquin to simulate .ini files on UNIX.
  • Check out the Contributions FTP archive for more.

May 8th 1997

  • Hitachi Europe Limited have used wxWidgets both to implement and to illustrate their WebReuser tool.
  • Another interesting link in the Applications page is WipeOut, a C++ integrated development environment for Linux.
  • Fixes to make wxWidgets 1.66F work with VC++ 5.0 are in the ports/msvc50 directory.

April 20th 1997

  • wxWidgets is listed in the Scientific Applications on Linux index.
  • The wxWidgets Web pages can be switched to non-frames mode, for those who find frames irritating (and who use browsers that don’t implement Back properly :-)).
  • wxWidgets 2.0 progress is steady.
  • Greg Whitehead is taking a look at what’s involved for a Mac port of 2.0, possibly using MetroWerks’ PowerPlant classes to speed up development.

March 13th 1997

  • Check out C-LAB’s Lean Integration Platform written in wxWidgets/wxLisp: it’s a multi-platform workflow tool.
  • wxWin 2.0 progress: I’ve eliminated the need for the dreaded CTL3D library for Windows 95 applications. New MDI classes are working, plus wxStatusBar, wxScrolledWindow. Markus is starting work on the Motif port, with wxXt 2.0 as a second priority.

February 25th 1997

  • Yura Bidus has successfully adapted wxWidgets 1.66B to compile as a DLL under Borland C++. He will be patching 1.66F and investigating using VC++ for building the DLL.
  • Early experiments indicate that application files using wxWidgets 2.0 and GNU-WIN32 will be at least twice as fast to compile as 1.66, due to elimination of base classes and restructuring to avoid including windows.h.

January 29th 1997

  • wxWidgets 1.66F has been semi-released for people to test before the official release. It works with GNU-WIN32, and contains miscellaneous bug fixes.
  • ITA, Inc. have sent a debugged and enhanced Mac port (building on 1.61).
  • Markus Holzem and Julian Smart are designing wxWidgets 2.0, which should make wxWidgets into a force to be reckoned with against other free and commercial libraries.
  • The mailing lists are up and running again, with new subscription and discussion list addresses.