GuiLite VS meta-balena

Compare GuiLite vs meta-balena and see what are their differences.


✔️The smallest header-only GUI library(4 KLOC) for all platforms (by idea4good)


A collection of Yocto layers used to build balenaOS images (by balena-os)
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GuiLite meta-balena
5 5
6,453 939
- 0.5%
5.2 9.7
about 1 month ago 1 day ago
C++ BitBake
Apache License 2.0 -
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Posts with mentions or reviews of GuiLite. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-04-08.


Posts with mentions or reviews of meta-balena. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-04-18.
  • 6 Trending Topics Every Embedded Learner Must Know in 2022
    2 projects | | 18 Apr 2022
    From what has been stated thus far, it becomes obvious that most of the opportunities would be in enabling containers for embedded targets. Currently companies like pantacor, BalenaOS, Toradex, Mender, and Foundries all offer solutions for containers for Linux-based embedded targets. This means that these solutions cannot support all types of embedded targets as not all have the computational power to support the needed underlying infrastructure. Right now, there is at least still a couple of other promising solutions out there that can support a wider range of controllers and are lighter weight, and don't require a Linux environment. For one, there is MicroEJ that aims to transform electronic "things" into smart things like Android transformed phones into smartphones. Another really interesting effort out there is Luos that provides an open-source lightweight microservices solution for distributed embedded devices.
  • Buildroot – Making Embedded Linux Easy
    3 projects | | 15 Mar 2021
    FWIW we recently started using the Yocto-based BalenaOS[0] in our project and have been rather happy with it because we get to focus on developing and running our software and don't have to bother with the low-level hardware stuff too much.

    Unfortunately, as we're getting closer to shipping our product, we've realized that Balena seems to be rather cavalier when it comes to respecting software licenses. They offer pre-built .img files and Docker base images but don't provide a comprehensive list of licenses (let alone the source code) of third-party software components anywhere, as this issue[1] attests to. I'm currently talking to one of their customer service representatives and, as of this morning (when they sent me another email), they don't even acknowledge that this is an issue.

    Looks like we'll now have to compile this list on our own. :\



What are some alternatives?

When comparing GuiLite and meta-balena you can also consider the following projects:

imgui - Dear ImGui: Bloat-free Graphical User interface for C++ with minimal dependencies

lvgl - Embedded graphics library to create beautiful UIs for any MCU, MPU and display type. It's boosted by a professional yet affordable drag and drop UI editor, called SquareLine Studio.

TGUI - Cross-platform modern c++ GUI

Simon-Arduino - Interactive hardware game based on memorizing blink pattern

buildroot - Buildroot, making embedded Linux easy. Note that this is not the official repository, but only a mirror. The official Git repository is at Do not open issues or file pull requests here.

ILI9488_STM32 - Port of 3.5 Inch RPI Display with ILI9488 controller on STM32CubeIDE

sixtyfps - Slint is a toolkit to efficiently develop fluid graphical user interfaces for any display: embedded devices and desktop applications. We support multiple programming languages, such as Rust, C++ or JavaScript. [Moved to:]

copperspice - Cross platform C++ libraries

Eto.Forms - Cross platform GUI framework for desktop and mobile applications in .NET

aqtinstall - aqt: Another (unofficial) Qt CLI Installer on multi-platforms

Crow - A Fast and Easy to use microframework for the web.

Spotuino - Controlling the Spotify app using IR remote and receiver. Arduino communicates keywords (e.g. pause, forward, and back) to the Python script through the COM3 port, which activates the PyAutoGui's functions. An LCD is used to display the song's status to the user.