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FileChooser is an interface that can be implemented by widgets displaying a list of files. gtkmm provides four built-in implementations for choosing recent files or other files: FileChooserWidget, FileChooserDialog, FileChooserButton, and FileChooserNative.

FileChooserWidget is a simple widget for displaying a list of recently used files or other files. FileChooserWidget is the basic building block for FileChooserDialog, but you can embed it into your user interface if you want to.

20.2.1. Simple FileChooserDialog example

Shown below is a simple example of how to use the FileChooserDialog class in a program. This simple program has a menubar with a File Chooser Dialog menu item. When you select this menu item, a dialog pops up showing a list of files. If you select Recent in the sidebar, the list of recently used files is shown.

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After selecting the File Chooser Dialog menu item and the Recent sidebar item, you should see something similar to the following window.

Source Code

File: examplewindow.h (For use with gtkmm 4)


#include <gtkmm.h>

class ExampleWindow : public Gtk::Window
  ExampleWindow(const Glib::RefPtr<Gtk::Application>& app);
  ~ExampleWindow() override;

  //Signal handlers:
  void on_menu_file_files_dialog();
  void on_menu_file_quit();
  void on_menu_file_new();

  //Child widgets:
  Gtk::Box m_Box;

  Glib::RefPtr<Gtk::Builder> m_refBuilder;
  Glib::RefPtr<Gio::SimpleActionGroup> m_refActionGroup;

  Glib::RefPtr<Gtk::RecentManager> m_refRecentManager;


File: (For use with gtkmm 4)

#include "examplewindow.h"
#include <gtkmm/application.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
  auto app = Gtk::Application::create("org.gtkmm.example");

  ExampleWindow window(app);

  //Shows the window and returns when it is closed.
  return app->run(window, argc, argv);

File: (For use with gtkmm 4)

#include "examplewindow.h"
#include <iostream>

ExampleWindow::ExampleWindow(const Glib::RefPtr<Gtk::Application>& app)
: m_Box(Gtk::Orientation::VERTICAL),
  set_title("Recent files example");
  set_default_size(300, 150);

  //We can put a PopoverMenuBar at the top of the box and other stuff below it.

  //Create actions for menus and toolbars:
  m_refActionGroup = Gio::SimpleActionGroup::create();

  //File menu:
    sigc::mem_fun(*this, &ExampleWindow::on_menu_file_new));

  //A menu item to open the file chooser dialog:
    sigc::mem_fun(*this, &ExampleWindow::on_menu_file_files_dialog));

    sigc::mem_fun(*this, &ExampleWindow::on_menu_file_quit) );

  insert_action_group("example", m_refActionGroup);

  m_refBuilder = Gtk::Builder::create();

  // When the menubar is a child of a Gtk::Window, keyboard accelerators are not
  // automatically fetched from the Gio::Menu.
  // See the examples/book/menus/main_menu example for an alternative way of
  // adding the menubar when using Gtk::ApplicationWindow.
  app->set_accel_for_action("", "<Primary>n");
  app->set_accel_for_action("example.files-dialog", "<Primary>o");
  app->set_accel_for_action("example.quit", "<Primary>q");

  //Layout the actions in a menubar and a toolbar:
  const char* ui_info =
    "  <menu id='menubar'>"
    "    <submenu>"
    "      <attribute name='label' translatable='yes'>_File</attribute>"
    "      <item>"
    "        <attribute name='label' translatable='yes'>_New</attribute>"
    "        <attribute name='action'></attribute>"
    "        <attribute name='accel'>&lt;Primary&gt;n</attribute>"
    "      </item>"
    "      <item>"
    "        <attribute name='label' translatable='yes'>File Chooser _Dialog</attribute>"
    "        <attribute name='action'>example.files-dialog</attribute>"
    "        <attribute name='accel'>&lt;Primary&gt;o</attribute>"
    "      </item>"
    "      <item>"
    "        <attribute name='label' translatable='yes'>_Quit</attribute>"
    "        <attribute name='action'>example.quit</attribute>"
    "        <attribute name='accel'>&lt;Primary&gt;q</attribute>"
    "      </item>"
    "    </submenu>"
    "  </menu>"
    "  <object class='GtkToolbar' id='toolbar'>"
    "    <property name='can_focus'>False</property>"
    "    <child>"
    "      <object class='GtkToolButton' id='toolbutton_new'>"
    "        <property name='can_focus'>False</property>"
    "        <property name='tooltip_text' translatable='yes'>New</property>"
    "        <property name='action_name'></property>"
    "        <property name='icon_name'>document-new</property>"
    "        <property name='expand'>False</property>"
    "        <property name='homogeneous'>True</property>"
    "      </object>"
    "    </child>"
    "    <child>"
    "      <object class='GtkToolButton' id='toolbutton_quit'>"
    "        <property name='can_focus'>False</property>"
    "        <property name='tooltip_text' translatable='yes'>Quit</property>"
    "        <property name='action_name'>example.quit</property>"
    "        <property name='icon_name'>application-exit</property>"
    "        <property name='expand'>False</property>"
    "        <property name='homogeneous'>True</property>"
    "      </object>"
    "    </child>"
    "  </object>"

  catch(const Glib::Error& ex)
    std::cerr << "building menubar and toolbar failed: " <<  ex.what();

  //Get the menubar and toolbar widgets, and add them to a container widget:
  auto object = m_refBuilder->get_object("menubar");
  auto gmenu = std::dynamic_pointer_cast<Gio::Menu>(object);
  if (gmenu)
    auto pMenubar = Gtk::make_managed<Gtk::PopoverMenuBar>(gmenu);
    g_warning("GMenu not found");

  auto pToolbar = m_refBuilder->get_widget<Gtk::Toolbar>("toolbar");
  if (pToolbar)
    g_warning("GtkToolbar not found");


void ExampleWindow::on_menu_file_new()
  std::cout << " New File" << std::endl;

void ExampleWindow::on_menu_file_quit()
  hide(); //Closes the main window to stop the app->run().

void ExampleWindow::on_menu_file_files_dialog()
  Gtk::FileChooserDialog dialog(*this, "Files", Gtk::FileChooser::Action::OPEN,
    /* use_header_bar= */ true);
  dialog.add_button("Select File", Gtk::ResponseType::OK);
  dialog.add_button("_Cancel", Gtk::ResponseType::CANCEL);

  const int response =;
  if (response == Gtk::ResponseType::OK)
    auto selected_uri = dialog.get_uri();
    std::cout << "URI selected = " << selected_uri << std::endl;
    std::cout << (m_refRecentManager->has_item(selected_uri) ? "A" : "Not a")
      << " recently used file" << std::endl;

The constructor for ExampleWindow creates the menu and the toolbar using Builder (see Capítulo 13: Menús y barras de herramientas for more information). It then adds the menu and the toolbar to the window.

20.2.2. Filtering Files

For any of the FileChooser classes, if you don't wish to display all of the items in the list of files, you can filter the list to show only those that you want. You can filter the list with the help of the FileFilter class. This class allows you to filter files by their name (add_pattern()), or their mime type (add_mime_type()).

After you've created and set up the filter to match only the items you want, you can apply a filter to a chooser widget with the FileChooser::add_filter() function.