5.8. How to Pack Icons into the Tree View

So far we have only put text in the tree view. While everything you need to know to display icons (in the form of GdkPixbufs) has been introduced in the previous sections, a short example might help to make things clearer. The following code will pack an icon and some text into the same tree view column:

    COL_ICON = 0,

  GtkListStore *
    GtkListStore  *store;
    GtkTreeIter    iter;
    GdkPixbuf     *icon;
    GError        *error = NULL;

    store = gtk_list_store_new(2, GDK_TYPE_PIXBUF, G_TYPE_STRING);

    icon = gdk_pixbuf_new_from_file("icon.png", &error);
    if (error)
      g_warning ("Could not load icon: %s\n", error->message);
      error = NULL;

    gtk_list_store_append(store, &iter);
    gtk_list_store_set(store, &iter,
                       COL_ICON, icon,
                       COL_TEXT, "example",

    return store;

  GtkWidget *
    GtkTreeModel      *model;
    GtkTreeViewColumn *col;
    GtkCellRenderer   *renderer;
    GtkWidget         *view;

    model = GTK_TREE_MODEL(create_liststore());

    view = gtk_tree_view_new_with_model(model);

    col = gtk_tree_view_column_new();
    gtk_tree_view_column_set_title(col, "Title");

    renderer = gtk_cell_renderer_pixbuf_new();
    gtk_tree_view_column_pack_start(col, renderer, FALSE);
    gtk_tree_view_column_set_attributes(col, renderer,
                                        "pixbuf", COL_ICON,

    renderer = gtk_cell_renderer_text_new();
    gtk_tree_view_column_pack_start(col, renderer, TRUE);
    gtk_tree_view_column_set_attributes(col, renderer,
                                        "text", COL_TEXT,

    gtk_tree_view_append_column(GTK_TREE_VIEW(view), col);


    return view;

Note that the tree view will not resize icons for you, but displays them in their original size. If you want to display stock icons instead of GdkPixbufs loaded from file, you should have a look at the "stock-id" property of GdkCellRendererPixbuf (and your model column should be of type G_TYPE_STRING, as all stock IDs are just strings by which to identify the stock icon).