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    Libgdiplus is the Mono library that provide a GDI+ comptible API on non-Windows operating systems. Our implementation uses Cairo to do most of the heavy lifting.

    Mono’s implementation of GDI+ lives in the libgdiplus git module and includes it’s own internal copy of Cairo (version 1.6.4) but will use a newer system version when available (since Mono 2.4).

    See here if you’re having problems initializing libgdiplus.


    Due to it’s tight relation with System.Drawing new versions of libgdiplus are released with (almost) every new version of Mono.


    The current custom text engine is limited. GDI+ offers many (little used) options that are not, or incorrectly, supported by libgdiplus. The plan is to use Pango to replace our custom engine - but no work is being done on this task at the moment.

    A proof-of-concept is already in git but is unsupported and less complete than the current text engine. You can use –with-pango to enable it. Note that this will work only if you are building libgdiplus with the system cairo, i.e. if you’re cairo library is newer than version 1.6.4.

    Other Tasks

    Cairo doesn’t provide 100% of the functionalities required to implement GDI+ or System.Drawing. A few features were added directly in libgdiplus (unmanaged) or System.Drawing (managed). However some features are still missing.

    • add missing implementation for
    • other missing stuff required for System.Drawing (fill bugs for them)
    • other missing stuff, e.g. parts of the GDI+ API isn’t exposed in System.Drawing (fill bugs for them)

    Contributions toward completing those tasks are welcome.