GNOME 41 To Introduce Libadwaita For Helping To Define GNOME Apps

Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 31 March 2021 at 06:00 AM EDT. 35 Comments
GNOME 41 this autumn will be shipping with libadwaita, the successor and GTK4 port to GNOME's libhandy that will help to define the visual language and user experience for GNOME applications.

Libadwaita aims to help unify GNOME applications and advance their human interface guidelines while still allowing GTK4 to advance and be used by developers independent of GNOME.

Looking ahead, libadwaita will likely be used by GNOME GTK4 applications for providing better integration or a more unified UI/UX across these GNOME applications. While Adwaita has been the GNOME "visual language" for a while, the new Libadwaita library will be "the missing code" to it.

Libadwaita is based on the libhandy user interface library while being a GTK4 port. Libadwaita will now ship the Adwaita stylesheet along with its variants. Existing libhandy developers are involved with the libadwaita effort and moving forward that will be their focus. Development on libhandy itself is expected to now slow down greatly with libadwaita to be the primary focus looking forward.

More details on these plans with libadwaita 1.0 aiming for the GNOME 41 release can be found via this blog post by developer Adrien Plazas.
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