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Developer(s)Raph Levien
Written inC
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeGraphics library
LicenseLGPL or GPL

Libart is a free software graphics library of functions for 2D graphics supporting a superset of the PostScript imaging model. Libart was designed to be integrated with graphics, artwork, and illustration programs. It is written in optimized C and is fully compatible with C++. With a small footprint of 10,000 lines of code, it is especially suitable for embedded applications.

Libart provides a vector graphics-based API. Cairo obsoletes almost all uses of libart.

Libart supports a very powerful imaging model, basically the same as SVG and the Java 2D API. It includes all PostScript imaging operations, and adds antialiasing and alpha-transparency.


Libart was a library for high-performance 2D graphics. Prior to being replaced with Cairo, it had been used as the anti-aliased rendering engine for the Gnome Canvas and for Gill, the Gnome Illustration app.

Gdk-pixbuf used to be a wrapper around libart.

A LGPL'd component of libart was also written, containing all functions needed for running the Gnome Canvas, and for printing support. The GPL'd contained various enhanced functions for specific applications.[1]

Notable usage[edit]


  1. ^ "README file of libart-lgpl".

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