Graphical user interface builder

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A graphical user interface builder (or GUI builder), also known as GUI designer, is a software development tool that simplifies the creation of GUIs by allowing the designer to arrange graphical control elements (often called widgets) using a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG editor. Without a GUI builder, a GUI must be built by manually specifying each widget's parameters in source-code, with no visual feedback until the program is run.

User interfaces are commonly programmed using an event-driven architecture, so GUI builders also simplify creating event-driven code. This supporting code connects widgets with the outgoing and incoming events that trigger the functions providing the application logic.

Some graphical user interface builders automatically generate all the source code for a graphical control element. Others, like Interface Builder or Glade Interface Designer, generate serialized object instances that are then loaded by the application.

List of GUI builders

C Language Based

  • GTK / Glade Interface Designer
  • XForms (toolkit)
  • Intrinsics
  • Motif

C# Based

C++ Based

Objective-C / Swift Based

  • Cocoa/OpenStep
  • GNUstep
  • Gorm


HTML/Javascript Based

  • DreamWeaver from Adobe (Web Application User Interface Builders)
  • Apache Cordova / PhoneGap

Object Pascal Based

  • Delphi / VCL (Visual Component Library)
  • Lazarus / LCL (Lazarus Component Library)

Tk Framework Based

Visual Basic Based


  • Adobe Animate
  • App Inventor for Android
  • AutoIt
  • Axure RP
  • Interface Builder
  • Crank Storyboard Suite
  • Embedded Wizard
  • GEM
  • Resource construction set
  • Stetic
  • LucidChart
  • OpenWindows
  • Scaleform
  • Ultimate++
  • Wavemaker

List of development environments

IDEs with GUI builders

See also

  • Human interface guidelines
  • Human interface device
  • User interface markup language
  • User interface modeling
  • Design-Oriented Programming
  • Linux on the desktop

Edited: 2021-06-18 19:15:06