Ecore Library Public API Calls.

These routines are used for Ecore Library interaction.

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Ecore is a library of convenience functions. A brief explanation of how to use it can be found in The Ecore Main Loop. The Ecore library provides the following modules:

How to compile

Ecore is a library your application links to. The procedure for this is very simple. You simply have to compile your application with the appropriate compiler flags that the pkg-config script outputs. Note that each module is separate in pkg-config. For example using Ecore_Evas:

Compiling C or C++ files into object files:

gcc -c -o main.o main.c `pkg-config --cflags ecore ecore-evas`

Linking object files into a binary executable:

gcc -o my_application main.o `pkg-config --libs ecore ecore-evas`

See pkgconfig

Next Steps

After you understood what Ecore is and installed it in your system you should proceed to understand the programming interface. We'd recommend you to take a while to learn Eina as it is very convenient and optimized, and Ecore uses it extensively. Recommended reading:

Introductory Examples

//Compile with:
// gcc -o ecore_timer_example ecore_timer_example.c `pkg-config --libs --cflags ecore`
#include <Ecore.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#define TIMEOUT_1 1.0 // interval for timer1
#define TIMEOUT_2 3.0 // timer2 - delay timer1
#define TIMEOUT_3 8.2 // timer3 - pause timer1
#define TIMEOUT_4 11.0 // timer4 - resume timer1
#define TIMEOUT_5 14.0 // timer5 - change interval of timer1
#define TIMEOUT_6 18.0 // top timer1 and start timer7 and timer8 with changed precision
#define TIMEOUT_7 1.1 // interval for timer7
#define TIMEOUT_8 1.2 // interval for timer8
#define DELAY_1 3.0 // delay time for timer1 - used by timer2
#define INTERVAL1 2.0 // new interval for timer1 - used by timer5
static double _initial_time = 0;
struct context // helper struct to give some context to the callbacks
Ecore_Timer *timer1;
Ecore_Timer *timer2;
Ecore_Timer *timer3;
Ecore_Timer *timer4;
Ecore_Timer *timer5;
Ecore_Timer *timer6;
Ecore_Timer *timer7;
Ecore_Timer *timer8;
static double
return ecore_time_get() - _initial_time;
static Eina_Bool
_timer1_cb(void *data EINA_UNUSED)
printf("Timer1 expired after %0.3f seconds.\n", _get_current_time());
static Eina_Bool
_timer2_cb(void *data)
struct context *ctxt = data;
printf("Timer2 expired after %0.3f seconds. "
"Adding delay of %0.3f seconds to timer1.\n",
_get_current_time(), DELAY_1);
ecore_timer_delay(ctxt->timer1, DELAY_1);
ctxt->timer2 = NULL;
static Eina_Bool
_timer3_cb(void *data)
struct context *ctxt = data;
printf("Timer3 expired after %0.3f seconds. "
"Freezing timer1.\n", _get_current_time());
ctxt->timer3 = NULL;
static Eina_Bool
_timer4_cb(void *data)
struct context *ctxt = data;
printf("Timer4 expired after %0.3f seconds. "
"Resuming timer1, which has %0.3f seconds left to expire.\n",
_get_current_time(), ecore_timer_pending_get(ctxt->timer1));
ctxt->timer4 = NULL;
static Eina_Bool
_timer5_cb(void *data)
struct context *ctxt = data;
double interval = ecore_timer_interval_get(ctxt->timer1);
printf("Timer5 expired after %0.3f seconds. "
"Changing interval of timer1 from %0.3f to %0.3f seconds.\n",
_get_current_time(), interval, INTERVAL1);
ecore_timer_interval_set(ctxt->timer1, INTERVAL1);
ctxt->timer5 = NULL;
static Eina_Bool
_timer7_cb(void *data)
struct context *ctxt = data;
printf("Timer7 expired after %0.3f seconds.\n", _get_current_time());
ctxt->timer7 = NULL;
static Eina_Bool
_timer8_cb(void *data)
struct context *ctxt = data;
printf("Timer8 expired after %0.3f seconds.\n", _get_current_time());
ctxt->timer8 = NULL;
static Eina_Bool
_timer6_cb(void *data)
struct context *ctxt = data;
printf("Timer6 expired after %0.3f seconds.\n", _get_current_time());
printf("Stopping timer1.\n");
ctxt->timer1 = NULL;
printf("Starting timer7 (%0.3fs) and timer8 (%0.3fs).\n",
ctxt->timer7 = ecore_timer_add(TIMEOUT_7, _timer7_cb, ctxt);
ctxt->timer8 = ecore_timer_add(TIMEOUT_8, _timer8_cb, ctxt);
ctxt->timer6 = NULL;
struct context ctxt = {0};
if (!ecore_init())
printf("ERROR: Cannot init Ecore!\n");
return -1;
_initial_time = ecore_time_get();
ctxt.timer1 = ecore_timer_add(TIMEOUT_1, _timer1_cb, &ctxt);
ctxt.timer2 = ecore_timer_add(TIMEOUT_2, _timer2_cb, &ctxt);
ctxt.timer3 = ecore_timer_add(TIMEOUT_3, _timer3_cb, &ctxt);
ctxt.timer4 = ecore_timer_add(TIMEOUT_4, _timer4_cb, &ctxt);
ctxt.timer5 = ecore_timer_add(TIMEOUT_5, _timer5_cb, &ctxt);
ctxt.timer6 = ecore_timer_add(TIMEOUT_6, _timer6_cb, &ctxt);
printf("start the main loop.\n");
if (ctxt.timer1)
if (ctxt.timer2)
if (ctxt.timer3)
if (ctxt.timer4)
if (ctxt.timer5)
if (ctxt.timer6)
if (ctxt.timer7)
if (ctxt.timer8)
return 0;

More examples can be found at Ecore Examples.