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A curated list of awesome Vala libraries.


Data Structures & Data Types

  • Libgee - A utility library providing GObject-based interfaces and classes for commonly used data structures (lists, maps, queues, trees, etc.).
  • Graphene - A thin layer of types for graphic libraries. It provides common types needed to handle 3D transformations: points, triangles, rectangles, quads, quaternions, vectors, matrices, spheres, etc.
  • Numeric-GLib - A collection of numeric data types for GLib (and Vala) via GCC extensions. It includes 128 bit integers & floats, complex types, vectorized operations, and decimal types.

Graphic Libraries

  • Cairo - A 2D graphics library with support for multiple output devices. This is pretty much the default library you get in Vala.
  • SDL2 - A cross-platform development library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, and graphics hardware via OpenGL, Direct3D, and Vulkan. Community bindings are available here.
  • GRX - A graphics library for simple graphics displays (think 1-bit displays or Adafruit's PiTFT displays). It also includes keyboard, mouse, joystick and touchscreen input support.
  • GEGL - A data flow based image processing framework, providing floating point processing and non-destructive image processing capabilities. Think of it as "Reactive Programming for Images".
  • Babl - A dynamic, any to any, pixel format translation library.

GUI Programming

  • GTK+ - The de facto library fro GUI development in Vala. Bindings are included with the vala compiler.

Multimedia Processing

  • GStreamer - A powerful framework for creating multimedia applications.

XML & Data Serialization

  • GXML - A GObject API for manipulating XML and a Serializable framework from GObject to XML.
  • Json-GLib - Implements a full JSON parser and generator using GLib and GObject, and integrates JSON with GLib data types.
  • libyaml-glib - The GLib binding of libyaml, plus a GObject builder that understands YAML.


  • Compose - A functional templating library for Vala.
  • template-glib - A library for template expansion which supports calling into GObject Introspection from templates.

Numerical Computation

  • vast - A project for generative modelling in Vala. Think of TensorFlow rewritten in Vala.

Crypto & Security

  • GnuTLS - A secure communications library implementing the SSL, TLS and DTLS protocols and technologies around them. It provides a simple API to access the secure communications protocols as well as APIs to parse and write X.509, PKCS #12, and other required structures.

Web Development

  • Valum - A Web micro-framework entirely written in Vala.
  • Ambition - A web framework written in Vala, with the MVC pattern in mind. Kinda unmaintained (someone could refactor it to use Valum under the hood, and maybe move it to Meson 😉)


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To the extent possible under law, Mario Daniel Ruiz Saavedra and the other contributors have waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this work.

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