Win stands for window, and the win component is a graphical control element containing the graphical user interface of a program. The window component is the bottommost UI component in an EFL application. In most cases, when an application is launched, a window that fits into the device screen is created and shown. For more information, see the Win API.

This feature is supported in wearable applications only.

Basic Usage

A window is created automatically when you create a Tizen native UI application project with a template. The following example is a part of the template code handling a window component and the corresponding screenshot.

Example: Win use case

Win Win

static void
create_base_gui(appdata_s *ad)
    /* Window */
       Create and initialize elm_win,
       which is mandatory to manipulate the window
    ad->win = elm_win_util_standard_add(PACKAGE, PACKAGE);
    elm_win_autodel_set(ad->win, EINA_TRUE);

    if (elm_win_wm_rotation_supported_get(ad->win)) {
        int rots[4] = {0, 90, 180, 270};
        elm_win_wm_rotation_available_rotations_set(ad->win, (const int *)(&rots), 4);

    evas_object_smart_callback_add(ad->win, "delete,request", win_delete_request_cb, NULL);
    eext_object_event_callback_add(ad->win, EEXT_CALLBACK_BACK, win_back_cb, ad);

    /* Conformant */
       Create and initialize elm_conformant,
       which is mandatory for the base GUI to have a proper size
       when the indicator or virtual keypad is visible
    ad->conform = elm_conformant_add(ad->win);
    elm_win_indicator_mode_set(ad->win, ELM_WIN_INDICATOR_SHOW);
    evas_object_size_hint_weight_set(ad->conform, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND);
    elm_win_resize_object_add(ad->win, ad->conform);


static void
win_delete_request_cb(void *data, Evas_Object *obj, void *event_info)

static void
win_back_cb(void *data, Evas_Object *obj, void *event_info)
    appdata_s *ad = data;
    /* Let the window go to the hide state */

The basic template code includes the following steps:

  1. Add a window with the elm_win_util_standard_add() function.

    The first parameter is the name of the window used by the window manager for identifying the window uniquely amongst all the windows within the application (and all instances of the application). The second parameter is the title of the window.

    The elm_win_util_standard_add() function is a shortcut of the elm_win_add(), elm_win_title_set(), and elm_bg_add() functions. It creates a basic window with a title and adds a standard background to the window.

    Evas_Object *win;
    Evas_Object *bg;
    /* Add a window */
    win = elm_win_add(NULL, "name", ELM_WIN_BASIC);
    /* Set a title to the window */
    elm_win_title_set(win, "title");
    /* Add a background and set it as the contents of the window */
    bg = elm_bg_add(win);
    evas_object_size_hint_weight_set(bg, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND);
    elm_win_resize_object_add(win, bg);
  2. Enable auto deletion with the elm_win_autodel_set() function.

    When closing the window in any way outside the program control, a delete,request signal is emitted to indicate that this event occurred. If you enable auto deletion, the window is automatically destroyed after the signal is emitted. If auto deletion is disabled, the window is not destroyed and the program has to handle it.

  3. Register a callback function connected to the delete,request signal. You can register extra callback functions, if necessary.

  4. Show or hide an indicator with the elm_win_indicator_mode_set() function.

  5. Add a conformant to the window with the elm_win_resize_object_add() function.

    In most cases, you want the content of the window to be resized every time the window is resized due to rotation. To match the content size with the window size, make the content expand to fit the container size with the evas_object_size_hint_weight_set() function and add it to the window with the elm_win_resize_object_add() function.

    Evas_Object *win;
    Evas_Object *obj;
    evas_object_size_hint_weight_set(obj, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND, EVAS_HINT_EXPAND);
    elm_win_resize_object_add(win, obj);
  6. Call the evas_object_show() function after all the properties are set.


You can register callback functions connected to the following signals for a win object.

Table: Win callback signals

Signal Description event_info
delete,request The window is deleted. NULL
focused The window received focus. NULL
unfocused The window lost focus. NULL
moved The window that holds the canvas is moved. NULL
withdrawn The window is managed normally but is removed from the view. NULL
iconified The window is minimized (for example, into an icon or taskbar). NULL
normal The window is in the normal state (not withdrawn or iconified). NULL
stick The window shows on all desktops. NULL
unstick The window shows only on 1 desktop. NULL
fullscreen The window is fullscreen. NULL
unfullscreen The window stops being fullscreen. NULL
maximized The window is maximized. NULL
unmaximized The window is diminished. NULL
ioerr A low-level I/O error occurred in the display system. NULL
wm,rotation,changed The rotation of the window is changed by the Window Manager. NULL
indicator,prop,changed The property, or indicator mode and indicator opacity are changed. NULL
rotation,changed The rotation of the window is changed. NULL
profile,changed The profile of the window is changed. NULL
aux,hint,allowed The window auxiliary hint is allowed. NULL
access,changed The access function of the window changes. NULL


The signal list in the API reference can be more extensive, but only the above signals are actually supported in Tizen.


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  • Dependencies
    • Tizen 2.3.1 and Higher for Wearable