Classes by category

A classification of wxWindows classes by category.

Managed windows

There are several types of window that are directly controlled by the window manager (such as MS Windows, or the Motif Window Manager). Frames may contain windows, and dialog boxes may directly contain controls.
wxDialog
Dialog box
wxFrame
Normal frame
wxMDIChildFrame
MDI child frame
wxMDIParentFrame
MDI parent frame
wxMiniFrame
A frame with a small title bar
wxSplashScreen
Splash screen class
wxTipWindow
Shows text in a small window
wxWizard
A wizard dialog
See also Common dialogs.

Miscellaneous windows

The following are a variety of classes that are derived from wxWindow.
wxPanel
A window whose colour changes according to current user settings
wxScrolledWindow
Window with automatically managed scrollbars
wxGrid
A grid (table) window
wxSplitterWindow
Window which can be split vertically or horizontally
wxStatusBar
Implements the status bar on a frame
wxToolBar
Toolbar class
wxNotebook
Notebook class
wxPlotWindow
A class to display data.
wxSashWindow
Window with four optional sashes that can be dragged
wxSashLayoutWindow
Window that can be involved in an IDE-like layout arrangement
wxWizardPage
A base class for the page in wizard dialog.
wxWizardPageSimple
A page in wizard dialog.

Common dialogs

Overview
Common dialogs are ready-made dialog classes which are frequently used in an application.
wxDialog
Base class for common dialogs
wxColourDialog
Colour chooser dialog
wxDirDialog
Directory selector dialog
wxFileDialog
File selector dialog
wxFindReplaceDialog
Text search/replace dialog
wxMultipleChoiceDialog
Dialog to get one or more selections from a list
wxSingleChoiceDialog
Dialog to get a single selection from a list and return the string
wxTextEntryDialog
Dialog to get a single line of text from the user
wxFontDialog
Font chooser dialog
wxPageSetupDialog
Standard page setup dialog
wxPrintDialog
Standard print dialog
wxPageSetupDialog
Standard page setup dialog
wxMessageDialog
Simple message box dialog
wxWizard
A wizard dialog.

Controls

Typically, these are small windows which provide interaction with the user. Controls that are not static can have validators associated with them.
wxControl
The base class for controls
wxButton
Push button control, displaying text
wxBitmapButton
Push button control, displaying a bitmap
wxToggleButton
A button which stays pressed when clicked by user.
wxCalendarCtrl
Date picker control
wxCheckBox
Checkbox control
wxCheckListBox
A listbox with a checkbox to the left of each item
wxChoice
Choice control (a combobox without the editable area)
wxComboBox
A choice with an editable area
wxGauge
A control to represent a varying quantity, such as time remaining
wxGenericDirCtrl
A control for displaying a directory tree
wxStaticBox
A static, or group box for visually grouping related controls
wxListBox
A list of strings for single or multiple selection
wxListCtrl
A control for displaying lists of strings and/or icons, plus a multicolumn report view
wxListView
A simpler interface (façade for wxListCtrl in report mode
wxTabCtrl
Manages several tabs
wxTextCtrl
Single or multiline text editing control
wxTreeCtrl
Tree (hierarchy) control
wxScrollBar
Scrollbar control
wxSpinButton
A spin or 'up-down' control
wxSpinCtrl
A spin control - i.e. spin button and text control
wxStaticText
One or more lines of non-editable text
wxStaticBitmap
A control to display a bitmap
wxRadioBox
A group of radio buttons
wxRadioButton
A round button to be used with others in a mutually exclusive way
wxSlider
A slider that can be dragged by the user

Menus

wxMenu
Displays a series of menu items for selection
wxMenuBar
Contains a series of menus for use with a frame
wxMenuItem
Represents a single menu item

Window layout

There are two different systems for laying out windows (and dialogs in particular). One is based upon so-called sizers and it requires less typing, thinking and calculating and will in almost all cases produce dialogs looking equally well on all platforms, the other is based on so-called constraints and is deprecated, though still available.
Sizer overview describes sizer-based layout.
These are the classes relevant to sizer-based layout.
wxSizer
Abstract base class
wxGridSizer
A sizer for laying out windows in a grid with all fields having the same size
wxFlexGridSizer
A sizer for laying out windows in a flexible grid
wxBoxSizer
A sizer for laying out windows in a row or column
wxStaticBoxSizer
Same as wxBoxSizer, but with a surrounding static box
wxNotebookSizer
Sizer to use with the wxNotebook control
Constraints overview describes constraints-based layout.
These are the classes relevant to constraints-based window layout.
wxIndividualLayoutConstraint
Represents a single constraint dimension
wxLayoutConstraints
Represents the constraints for a window class

Device contexts

Overview
Device contexts are surfaces that may be drawn on, and provide an abstraction that allows parameterisation of your drawing code by passing different device contexts.
wxClientDC
A device context to access the client area outside OnPaint events
wxPaintDC
A device context to access the client area inside OnPaint events
wxWindowDC
A device context to access the non-client area
wxScreenDC
A device context to access the entire screen
wxDC
The device context base class
wxMemoryDC
A device context for drawing into bitmaps
wxMetafileDC
A device context for drawing into metafiles
wxPostScriptDC
A device context for drawing into PostScript files
wxPrinterDC
A device context for drawing to printers

Graphics device interface

Bitmaps overview
These classes are related to drawing on device contexts and windows.
wxColour
Represents the red, blue and green elements of a colour
wxDCClipper
Wraps the operations of setting and destroying the clipping region
wxBitmap
Represents a bitmap
wxBrush
Used for filling areas on a device context
wxBrushList
The list of previously-created brushes
wxCursor
A small, transparent bitmap representing the cursor
wxFont
Represents fonts
wxFontList
The list of previously-created fonts
wxIcon
A small, transparent bitmap for assigning to frames and drawing on device contexts
wxImage
A platform-independent image class
wxImageList
A list of images, used with some controls
wxMask
Represents a mask to be used with a bitmap for transparent drawing
wxPen
Used for drawing lines on a device context
wxPenList
The list of previously-created pens
wxPalette
Represents a table of indices into RGB values
wxRegion
Represents a simple or complex region on a window or device context

Events

Overview
An event object contains information about a specific event. Event handlers (usually member functions) have a single, event argument.
wxActivateEvent
A window or application activation event
wxCalendarEvent
Used with wxCalendarCtrl
wxCalculateLayoutEvent
Used to calculate window layout
wxCloseEvent
A close window or end session event
wxCommandEvent
An event from a variety of standard controls
wxDialUpEvent
Event send by wxDialUpManager
wxDropFilesEvent
A drop files event
wxEraseEvent
An erase background event
wxEvent
The event base class
wxFindDialogEvent
Event sent by wxFindReplaceDialog
wxFocusEvent
A window focus event
wxKeyEvent
A keypress event
wxIconizeEvent
An iconize/restore event
wxIdleEvent
An idle event
wxInitDialogEvent
A dialog initialisation event
wxJoystickEvent
A joystick event
wxListEvent
A list control event
wxMaximizeEvent
A maximize event
wxMenuEvent
A menu event
wxMouseCaptureChangedEvent
A mouse capture changed event
wxMouseEvent
A mouse event
wxMoveEvent
A move event
wxNotebookEvent
A notebook control event
wxNotifyEvent
A notification event, which can be vetoed
wxPaintEvent
A paint event
wxProcessEvent
A process ending event
wxQueryLayoutInfoEvent
Used to query layout information
wxScrollEvent
A scroll event from sliders, stand-alone scrollbars and spin buttons
wxScrollWinEvent
A scroll event from scrolled windows
wxSizeEvent
A size event
wxSocketEvent
A socket event
wxSpinEvent
An event from wxSpinButton
wxSysColourChangedEvent
A system colour change event
wxTabEvent
A tab control event
wxTreeEvent
A tree control event
wxUpdateUIEvent
A user interface update event
wxWizardEvent
A wizard event

Validators

Overview
These are the window validators, used for filtering and validating user input.
wxValidator
Base validator class
wxTextValidator
Text control validator class
wxGenericValidator
Generic control validator class

Data structures

These are the data structure classes supported by wxWindows.
wxCmdLineParser
Command line parser class
wxDate
A class for date manipulation (deprecated in favour of wxDateTime)
wxDateSpan
A logical time interval.
wxDateTime
A class for date/time manipulations
wxExpr
A class for flexible I/O
wxExprDatabase
A class for flexible I/O
wxHashMap
A simple hash map implementation
wxHashTable
A simple hash table implementation (deprecated, use wxHashMap)
wxList
A simple linked list implementation
wxLongLong
A portable 64 bit integer type
wxNode
Represents a node in the wxList implementation
wxObject
The root class for most wxWindows classes
wxPathList
A class to help search multiple paths
wxPoint
Representation of a point
wxRect
A class representing a rectangle
wxRegEx
Regular expression support
wxRegion
A class representing a region
wxString
A string class
wxStringList
A class representing a list of strings
wxStringTokenizer
A class for interpreting a string as a list of tokens or words
wxRealPoint
Representation of a point using floating point numbers
wxSize
Representation of a size
wxTime
A class for time manipulation (deprecated in favour of wxDateTime)
wxTimeSpan
A time interval.
wxVariant
A class for storing arbitrary types that may change at run-time

Run-time class information system

Overview
wxWindows supports run-time manipulation of class information, and dynamic creation of objects given class names.
wxClassInfo
Holds run-time class information
wxObject
Root class for classes with run-time information
RTTI macros
Macros for manipulating run-time information

Logging features

Overview
wxLog
The base log class
wxLogStderr
Log messages to a C STDIO stream
wxLogStream
Log messages to a C++ iostream
wxLogTextCtrl
Log messages to a wxTextCtrl
wxLogWindow
Log messages to a log frame
wxLogGui
Default log target for GUI programs
wxLogNull
Temporarily suppress message logging
wxLogChain
Allows to chain two log targets
wxLogPassThrough
Allows to filter the log messages
wxStreamToTextRedirector
Allows to redirect output sent to cout to a wxTextCtrl
Log functions
Error and warning logging functions

Debugging features

Overview
wxWindows supports some aspects of debugging an application through classes, functions and macros.
wxDebugContext
Provides memory-checking facilities
Debugging macros
Debug macros for assertion and checking
WXDEBUG_NEW
Use this macro to give further debugging information

Networking classes

wxWindows provides its own classes for socket based networking.
wxDialUpManager
Provides functions to check the status of network connection and to establish one
wxIPV4address
Represents an Internet address
wxSocketBase
Represents a socket base object
wxSocketClient
Represents a socket client
wxSocketServer
Represents a socket server
wxSocketEvent
A socket event
wxFTP
FTP protocol class
wxHTTP
HTTP protocol class
wxURL
Represents a Universal Resource Locator

Interprocess communication

Overview
wxWindows provides simple interprocess communications facilities based on Windows DDE, but available on most platforms using TCP.
wxClient
Represents a client
wxConnection
Represents the connection between a client and a server
wxServer
Represents a server

Document/view framework

Overview
wxWindows supports a document/view framework which provides housekeeping for a document-centric application.
wxDocument
Represents a document
wxView
Represents a view
wxDocTemplate
Manages the relationship between a document class and a view class
wxDocManager
Manages the documents and views in an application
wxDocChildFrame
A child frame for showing a document view
wxDocParentFrame
A parent frame to contain views

Printing framework

Overview
A printing and previewing framework is implemented to make it relatively straightforward to provide document printing facilities.
wxPreviewFrame
Frame for displaying a print preview
wxPreviewCanvas
Canvas for displaying a print preview
wxPreviewControlBar
Standard control bar for a print preview
wxPrintDialog
Standard print dialog
wxPageSetupDialog
Standard page setup dialog
wxPrinter
Class representing the printer
wxPrinterDC
Printer device context
wxPrintout
Class representing a particular printout
wxPrintPreview
Class representing a print preview
wxPrintData
Represents information about the document being printed
wxPrintDialogData
Represents information about the print dialog
wxPageSetupDialogData
Represents information about the page setup dialog

Drag and drop and clipboard classes

Drag and drop and clipboard overview
wxDataObject
Data object class
wxDataFormat
Represents a data format
wxTextDataObject
Text data object class
wxFileDataObject
File data object class
wxBitmapDataObject
Bitmap data object class
wxCustomDataObject
Custom data object class
wxClipboard
Clipboard class
wxDropTarget
Drop target class
wxFileDropTarget
File drop target class
wxTextDropTarget
Text drop target class
wxDropSource
Drop source class

File related classes

wxWindows has several small classes to work with disk files, see file classes overview for more details.
wxFileName
Operations with the file name and attributes
wxDir
Class for enumerating files/subdirectories.
wxDirTraverser
Class used together with wxDir for recursively enumerating the files/subdirectories
wxFile
Low-level file input/output class.
wxFFile
Another low-level file input/output class.
wxTempFile
Class to safely replace an existing file
wxTextFile
Class for working with text files as with arrays of lines

Stream classes

wxWindows has its own set of stream classes, as an alternative to often buggy standard stream libraries, and to provide enhanced functionality.
wxStreamBase
Stream base class
wxStreamBuffer
Stream buffer class
wxInputStream
Input stream class
wxOutputStream
Output stream class
wxCountingOutputStream
Stream class for querying what size a stream would have.
wxFilterInputStream
Filtered input stream class
wxFilterOutputStream
Filtered output stream class
wxBufferedInputStream
Buffered input stream class
wxBufferedOutputStream
Buffered output stream class
wxMemoryInputStream
Memory input stream class
wxMemoryOutputStream
Memory output stream class
wxDataInputStream
Platform-independent binary data input stream class
wxDataOutputStream
Platform-independent binary data output stream class
wxTextInputStream
Platform-independent text data input stream class
wxTextOutputStream
Platform-independent text data output stream class
wxFileInputStream
File input stream class
wxFileOutputStream
File output stream class
wxFFileInputStream
Another file input stream class
wxFFileOutputStream
Another file output stream class
wxZlibInputStream
Zlib (compression) input stream class
wxZlibOutputStream
Zlib (compression) output stream class
wxZipInputStream
Input stream for reading from ZIP archives
wxSocketInputStream
Socket input stream class
wxSocketOutputStream
Socket output stream class

Threading classes

Multithreading overview
wxWindows provides a set of classes to make use of the native thread capabilities of the various platforms.
wxThread
Thread class
wxMutex
Mutex class
wxMutexLocker
Mutex locker utility class
wxCriticalSection
Critical section class
wxCriticalSectionLocker
Critical section locker utility class
wxCondition
Condition class
wxSemaphore
Semaphore class

HTML classes

wxWindows provides a set of classes to display text in HTML format. These class include a help system based on the HTML widget.
wxHtmlHelpController
HTML help controller class
wxHtmlWindow
HTML window class
wxHtmlEasyPrinting
Simple class for printing HTML
wxHtmlPrintout
Generic HTML wxPrintout class
wxHtmlParser
Generic HTML parser class
wxHtmlTagHandler
HTML tag handler, pluginable into wxHtmlParser
wxHtmlWinParser
HTML parser class for wxHtmlWindow
wxHtmlWinTagHandler
HTML tag handler, pluginable into wxHtmlWinParser

Virtual file system classes

wxWindows provides a set of classes that implement an extensible virtual file system, used internally by the HTML classes.
wxFSFile
Represents a file in the virtual file system
wxFileSystem
Main interface for the virtual file system
wxFileSystemHandler
Class used to announce file system type

XML-based resource system classes

XML-based resource system overview
Resources allow your application to create controls and other user interface elements from specifications stored in an XML format.
wxXmlResource
The main class for working with resources.
wxXmlResourceHandler
The base class for XML resource handlers.

Online help

wxHelpController
Family of classes for controlling help windows
wxHtmlHelpController
HTML help controller class
wxContextHelp
Class to put application into context-sensitive help mode
wxContextHelpButton
Button class for putting application into context-sensitive help mode
wxHelpProvider
Abstract class for context-sensitive help provision
wxSimpleHelpProvider
Class for simple context-sensitive help provision
wxHelpControllerHelpProvider
Class for context-sensitive help provision via a help controller
wxToolTip
Class implementing tooltips

Database classes

Database classes overview
wxWindows provides two alternative sets of classes for accessing Microsoft's ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) product. The new version by Remstar, known as wxODBC, is more powerful, portable, flexible and better supported, so please use the classes below for working with databases:
wxDb
ODBC database connection
wxDbTable
Provides access to a database table
wxDbInf
wxDbTableInf
wxDbColDef
wxDbColInf
wxDbColDataPtr
wxDbColFor
wxDbConnectInf
wxDbIdxDef
The documentation for the older classes is still included, but you should avoid using any of them in new programs:
wxDatabase
Database class
wxQueryCol
Class representing a column
wxQueryField
Class representing a field
wxRecordSet
Class representing one or more record

Miscellaneous

wxApp
Application class
wxCaret
A caret (cursor) object
wxCmdLineParser
Command line parser class
wxConfig
Classes for configuration reading/writing (using either INI files or registry)
wxDllLoader
Class to work with shared libraries.
wxLayoutAlgorithm
An alternative window layout facility
wxProcess
Process class
wxTimer
Timer class
wxStopWatch
Stop watch class
wxMimeTypesManager
MIME-types manager class
wxSystemSettings
System settings class for obtaining various global parameters
wxSystemOptions
System options class for run-time configuration
wxAcceleratorTable
Accelerator table
wxAutomationObject
OLE automation class
wxFontMapper
Font mapping, finding suitable font for given encoding
wxEncodingConverter
Encoding conversions
wxCalendarDateAttr
Used with wxCalendarCtrl
wxQuantize
Class to perform quantization, or colour reduction
wxSingleInstanceChecker
Check that only single program instance is running