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A Familiar Way To Develop Applications

// ExampleApp.vala

public class ExampleApp : Gtk.Application {
  public ExampleApp () {
    Object (application_id: "com.example.App");

  public override void activate () {
    var win = new Gtk.ApplicationWindow (this);

    var btn = new Gtk.Button.with_label ("Hello World");
    btn.clicked.connect (win.close);

    win.child = btn;
    win.present ();

  public static int main (string[] args) {
    var app = new ExampleApp ();
    return (args);

// Compile command (requires gtk4 package to be installed):
// valac --pkg gtk4 ExampleApp.vala

Why Vala?

Comfortably write your code in an object-oriented way with high level abstractions, while having access to deep integrations with GNOME technologies such as: GObject, GTK and more!
Vala compiles code down to blazingly fast, fully native binaries. You're also able to reuse existing C Code in your Vala programs as well as generate C Code from Vala.
Vala is free and open-source software. It has a great community that contributes to the compiler and develops lots of tooling.
Tooling Documentation
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What can you build?

GUI Applications
Perfect integration of GTK, Libadwaita and Granite makes development super simple. Easily publish your apps on Flathub without bloated packages.
Command Line Programs
Use a large standard library and many third-party libraries available for use in Vala.
Provide bindings for many other languages and API documentation without manual work. Also, dynamic and static linking are both supported.

What's new?

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ValaBot: an AI coding assistant fine-tuned for Vala
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Vala: the smoothest C off-ramp
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