The diagrams-cairo package

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A full-featured backend for rendering diagrams using the cairo rendering engine.

This ultimately depends on a C library, via Haskell's FFI, and can be difficult to install on some platforms. If you are just looking for a quick way to visualize diagrams, try the diagrams-svg backend; if you want raster output like PNG, try the diagrams-rasterific backend; if you want to embed diagrams in LaTeX documents, try diagrams-pgf.

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Dependencies array (>=0.4.0 && <0.6), base (>=4.2 && <4.9), bytestring (>=0.9 && <0.11), cairo (>=0.12.4 && <0.14), colour, containers (>=0.3 && <0.6), data-default-class (>=0.0.1 && <0.1), diagrams-core (==1.3.*), diagrams-lib (==1.3.*), filepath, ghc-prim, hashable (>=1.1 && <1.3), JuicyPixels (>= && <3.3), lens (>=3.8 && <4.15), mtl (>=2.0 && <2.3), optparse-applicative (>=0.10 && <0.13), pango (>=0.12.5 && <0.14), split (>=0.1.2 && <0.3), statestack (==0.2.*), transformers (>=0.3 && <0.5), unix (>=2.4 && <2.8), vector (>=0.10.0 && <0.12) [details]
License BSD3
Author Brent Yorgey
Stability Unknown
Category Graphics
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Uploaded Mon May 2 02:38:03 UTC 2016 by bergey
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  • Diagrams
    • Backend
      • Diagrams.Backend.Cairo
        • Diagrams.Backend.Cairo.CmdLine
        • Diagrams.Backend.Cairo.Internal
        • Diagrams.Backend.Cairo.List
        • Diagrams.Backend.Cairo.Ptr
        • Diagrams.Backend.Cairo.Text


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diagrams-cairo is a rendering backend for diagrams, a powerful, flexible, declarative domain-specific language for creating vector graphics, using the Haskell programming language.

diagrams-cairo is implemented using the cairo rendering engine and is a fully-featured, officially supported backend for diagrams.


cabal update && cabal install gtk2hs-buildtools diagrams-cairo

Basic usage

A simple example that uses diagrams-cairo to draw a blue circle:

import Diagrams.Prelude
import Diagrams.Backend.Cairo.CmdLine

d = circle 1 # fc blue

main = mainWith (pad 1.1 d)

Save this to file named Circle.hs and compile it:

ghc --make Circle.hs

This will generate an executable which, when run, outputs a blue circle to some file. Run the executable with the --help option to find out more about how to call it.

$ ./Circle --help

Usage: ./Circle [-w|--width WIDTH] [-h|--height HEIGHT] [-o|--output OUTPUT]
                [--loop] [-s|--src ARG] [-i|--interval INTERVAL]
  Command-line diagram generation.

Available options:
  -?,--help                Show this help text
  -w,--width WIDTH         Desired WIDTH of the output image
  -h,--height HEIGHT       Desired HEIGHT of the output image
  -o,--output OUTPUT       OUTPUT file
  -l,--loop                Run in a self-recompiling loop
  -s,--src ARG             Source file to watch
  -i,--interval INTERVAL   When running in a loop, check for changes every INTERVAL seconds.
ommand-line diagram generation.

The output type will be automatically determined from the file extension. Currently PNG, PDF, PS, and SVG are supported.

$ ./Circle -o circle.png -w 400

The command above generates a PNG file with a width of 400px.

Advanced usage

Instead of just creating a standalone executable, the cairo backend can also be called from within a larger program. For more information, see the Diagram.Backend.Cairo module.