Introduction to Epiphany

Epiphany is a simple yet powerful GNOME web browser targeted at non-technical users. Its principles are simplicity and standards compliance.

Package Information

Epiphany Dependencies


GNOME Desktop-2.18.3, startup-notification-0.9, ISO Codes-1.2, and a mozilla.org Gecko layout engine (SeaMonkey-1.1.9 or Firefox- or Thunderbird- or Mozilla)

Optional for Python Support

PyGTK-2.10.6 (including the gtk module) and Gnome-Python-2.18.2


Enchant, intltool-0.35.5, and GTK-Doc-1.8

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/epiphany

Installation of Epiphany

Install Epiphany by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3 \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib \
            --mandir=$(pkg-config \
                --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/man &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

A D-BUS service script was installed in the previous step. If the $GNOME_PREFIX is anything other than /usr, as the root user you should add the $GNOME_PREFIX/share/dbus-1/services directory to the local session configuration as described in the D-BUS-1.0.2 configuration section.

If you have GNOME-Python installed, the Epiphany Python extension is automatically built. If your $GNOME_PREFIX is anything but /usr and you have GNOME-Python installed, as the root user create the following symbolic link in the PyGTK extensions directory of /usr/share:

ln -v -s $GNOME_PREFIX/share/pygtk/2.0/defs/epiphany.defs \

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.18.3: This parameter causes the configuration files to be installed in /etc/gnome/2.18.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. Additionally (if applicable), the parameter ensures that the GConf-2 database is correctly updated.

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This parameter is used so that all ScrollKeeper files are installed in, and the ScrollKeeper database is properly updated in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of some files being installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.

--mandir=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0)/share/man: This parameter causes the man.(X) files to be installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/share/man/man(X) instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/man/man(X).


Installed Program: epiphany
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: The following subdirectories of $GNOME_PREFIX/: include/epiphany-2.14, lib/epiphany, share/{,gnome/help/, gtk-doc/html/, omf/}epiphany

Short Descriptions


is a GNOME web browser based on the Mozilla rendering engine.

Last updated on 2008-03-14 10:09:03 -0500