Compiling Hello World

To compile use:

gcc -Wall -g helloworld.c -o helloworld `pkg-config --cflags gtk+-2.0` \
`pkg-config --libs gtk+-2.0`

This uses the program pkg-config, which can be obtained from This program reads the .pc which comes with GTK to determine what compiler switches are needed to compile programs that use GTK. pkg-config --cflags gtk+-2.0 will output a list of include directories for the compiler to look in, and pkg-config --libs gtk+-2.0 will output the list of libraries for the compiler to link with and the directories to find them in. In the above example they could have been combined into a single instance, such as pkg-config --cflags --libs gtk+-2.0.

Note that the type of single quote used in the compile command above is significant.

The libraries that are usually linked in are: