Documentation of SFML 2.5.1

sf::Cursor Class Reference

Cursor defines the appearance of a system cursor. More...

#include <Cursor.hpp>

Inheritance diagram for sf::Cursor:

Public Types

enum  Type {
  Arrow, ArrowWait, Wait, Text,
  Hand, SizeHorizontal, SizeVertical, SizeTopLeftBottomRight,
  SizeBottomLeftTopRight, SizeAll, Cross, Help,
 Enumeration of the native system cursor types. More...

Public Member Functions

 Cursor ()
 Default constructor. More...
 ~Cursor ()
 Destructor. More...
bool loadFromPixels (const Uint8 *pixels, Vector2u size, Vector2u hotspot)
 Create a cursor with the provided image. More...
bool loadFromSystem (Type type)
 Create a native system cursor. More...


class Window

Detailed Description

Cursor defines the appearance of a system cursor.

Features related to Cursor are not supported on iOS and Android.

This class abstracts the operating system resources associated with either a native system cursor or a custom cursor.

After loading the cursor the graphical appearance with either loadFromPixels() or loadFromSystem(), the cursor can be changed with sf::Window::setMouseCursor().

The behaviour is undefined if the cursor is destroyed while in use by the window.

Usage example:

sf::Window window;
// ... create window as usual ...
sf::Cursor cursor;
See also

Definition at line 46 of file Cursor.hpp.

Member Enumeration Documentation

◆ Type

Enumeration of the native system cursor types.

Refer to the following table to determine which cursor is available on which platform.

Type Linux Mac OS X Windows
sf::Cursor::Arrow yes yes yes
sf::Cursor::ArrowWait no no yes
sf::Cursor::Wait yes no yes
sf::Cursor::Text yes yes yes
sf::Cursor::Hand yes yes yes
sf::Cursor::SizeHorizontal yes yes yes
sf::Cursor::SizeVertical yes yes yes
sf::Cursor::SizeTopLeftBottomRight no yes* yes
sf::Cursor::SizeBottomLeftTopRight no yes* yes
sf::Cursor::SizeAll yes no yes
sf::Cursor::Cross yes yes yes
sf::Cursor::Help yes yes* yes
sf::Cursor::NotAllowed yes yes yes
  • These cursor types are undocumented so may not be available on all versions, but have been tested on 10.13

Arrow cursor (default)


Busy arrow cursor.


Busy cursor.


I-beam, cursor when hovering over a field allowing text entry.


Pointing hand cursor.


Horizontal double arrow cursor.


Vertical double arrow cursor.


Double arrow cursor going from top-left to bottom-right.


Double arrow cursor going from bottom-left to top-right.


Combination of SizeHorizontal and SizeVertical.


Crosshair cursor.


Help cursor.


Action not allowed cursor.

Definition at line 76 of file Cursor.hpp.

Constructor & Destructor Documentation

◆ Cursor()

sf::Cursor::Cursor ( )

Default constructor.

This constructor doesn't actually create the cursor; initially the new instance is invalid and must not be used until either loadFromPixels() or loadFromSystem() is called and successfully created a cursor.

◆ ~Cursor()

sf::Cursor::~Cursor ( )


This destructor releases the system resources associated with this cursor, if any.

Member Function Documentation

◆ loadFromPixels()

bool sf::Cursor::loadFromPixels ( const Uint8 *  pixels,
Vector2u  size,
Vector2u  hotspot 

Create a cursor with the provided image.

pixels must be an array of width by height pixels in 32-bit RGBA format. If not, this will cause undefined behavior.

If pixels is null or either width or height are 0, the current cursor is left unchanged and the function will return false.

In addition to specifying the pixel data, you can also specify the location of the hotspot of the cursor. The hotspot is the pixel coordinate within the cursor image which will be located exactly where the mouse pointer position is. Any mouse actions that are performed will return the window/screen location of the hotspot.

On Unix, the pixels are mapped into a monochrome bitmap: pixels with an alpha channel to 0 are transparent, black if the RGB channel are close to zero, and white otherwise.
pixelsArray of pixels of the image
sizeWidth and height of the image
hotspot(x,y) location of the hotspot
true if the cursor was successfully loaded; false otherwise

◆ loadFromSystem()

bool sf::Cursor::loadFromSystem ( Type  type)

Create a native system cursor.

Refer to the list of cursor available on each system (see sf::Cursor::Type) to know whether a given cursor is expected to load successfully or is not supported by the operating system.

typeNative system cursor type
true if and only if the corresponding cursor is natively supported by the operating system; false otherwise

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