This post is mostly the same information as on this medium post, by someone named Doko, which I will refer to in this post as “the Doko page”.

Doko, if you read this, thank you for the instructions, they were very helpful.

I’m creating this post to preserve what I learned from the Doko page and to offer a few comments on my experience with the process outlined there and to attest that it worked.

Install Rust

I did this a while back on windows and I don’t remember doing anything special. Instructions here.

Check rust version with:

rustc --version

Update rust with

rustup update

Add the GNU toolchain

The Doko page suggests doing this even before installing the gnu tools. I had my doubts but it worked.

rustup target add x86_64-pc-windows-gnu

Run …

rustup show

… to show the current target:

stable-x86_64-pc-windows-msvc (default)

Run …

rustup default stable-x86_64-pc-windows-gnu

… to switch targets and run …

rustup show

… again to see that the current target has changed.

Install MSYS2

Use the provided installer

Using a cmd shell, set the following environment variables:

SET GTK_LIB_DIR=C:\msys64\mingw64\lib
SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\msys64\mingw64\bin

I was following the Doko page as closely as possible so I did this but I’m not sure if it was really necessary. If I go through this process again, I’ll try setting them in a shell startup script.

Using a MSYS Shell, run the following commands;

pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-gtk4
pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-toolchain

The Doko page specifies gtk3 which I tried first. It worked but I wanted to use gtk4 and that worked as well.

Compile and run gtk4 programs.

Examples are available as part of the gtk4-rs repository. They work both on Windows and on Linux without modification.