pango  1.90.0
About: Pango is a library for laying out and rendering of text, with an emphasis on internationalization (an offshoot of the GTK+ and GNOME projects). Development release leading towards Pango 2 (not API or ABI compatible with Pango 1.x).
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Pango is a library for layout and rendering of text, with an emphasis on internationalization. Pango can be used anywhere that text layout is needed; however, most of the work on Pango so far has been done using the GTK widget toolkit as a test platform. Pango forms the core of text and font handling for GTK.

Pango is using native mechanism to enumerate fonts on each platform that it supports. There are three basic backends

  • Using FontConfig on Linux
  • Using DirectWrite on Microsoft Windows
  • Using the CoreText framework on MacOS

The integration of Pango with Cairo provides a complete solution with high quality text handling and graphics rendering.

As well as the low level layout rendering routines, Pango includes PangoLayout, a high level driver for laying out entire blocks of text, and routines to assist in editing internationalized text.

For more information about Pango, see:


Pango depends on the GLib library; more information about GLib can be found at

To use the Free Software stack backend, Pango depends on the following libraries:

Optionally, Pango can use libthai for handling special needs of Thai script.

Rendering support depends on the Cairo library. The Cairo renderer is the preferred renderer to use Pango with and is subject of most of the development in the future. It has the advantage that the same code can be used for display and printing.

It is also possible to use HarfBuzz's hb-draw APIs to receive the data for glyph contours, and render them with any graphics API that supports BeziƩr curves.

For details about installation of Pango on Win32 see README.win32.


Most of the code of Pango is licensed under the terms of the GNU Lesser Public License (LGPL) - see the file COPYING for details.