LessTif is a no longer developed free software reimplementation or clone of the Motif computer programming toolkit, developed by the Hungry Programmers.[1][2]

Developer(s)Hungry Programmers[1][2]
Stable release
0.95.2 / May 27, 2009
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeWidget toolkit
LicenseGNU Lesser General Public License
Websitehttps://web.archive.org/web/20120723010742/http://lesstif.sourceforge.net/ (no longer active as of January 2013, see archived version from July 2012)

As opposed to Motif, which was distributed until October 2012 under a proprietary license that could require the payment of royalties, LessTif was developed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). The licence of Motif was the main motivation for the development of LessTif.

The project aimed for full source and binary code compatibility with Motif. While this was not achieved, many Motif applications could run with LessTif or can be compiled with it.

LessTif has had no code commits since 2009. It was superseded by the release of the original Motif toolkit as open source under the LGPL in 2012.

See also


  1. Kenton Lee (2002-02-01). "Has anyone done a public domain Motif lookalike?". The Motif FAQ. comp.windows.x.motif. 37. Retrieved 2010-04-05. LessTif is a freeware version of Motif from the Hungry Programmers
  2. "LessTif homepage". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-28. LessTif is the Hungry Programmers' version of OSF/Motif
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