Introduction to WebKitGTK+

The WebKitGTK+ package is a port of the portable web rendering engine WebKit to the GTK+ 3 and GTK+ 2 platforms.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.1 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): https://webkitgtk.org/releases/webkitgtk-2.16.6.tar.xz

  • Download MD5 sum: 0e2d142a586e4ff79cf0324f4fdbf20c

  • Download size: 14 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 1.0 GB (119 MB installed)

  • Estimated build time: 56 SBU (using parallelism=4, extimated 120 SBUs using one core)

WebKitGTK+ Dependencies


Cairo-1.14.10, CMake-3.9.1, enchant-1.6.0, gst-plugins-base-1.12.2, GTK+-2.24.31, GTK+-3.22.18, ICU-59.1, libgudev-231, libsecret-0.18.5, libsoup-2.58.2, libwebp-0.6.0, Mesa-17.1.6, Ruby-2.4.1, SQLite-3.20.0 and Which-2.21



GTK-Doc-1.26, HarfBuzz-1.4.8, LLVM-4.0.1, Wayland-1.14.0, Hyphen, and MathML

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

Installation of WebKitGTK+

Installation of WebKitGTK+



You must rebuild Perl with -Dusethreads if LFS was built without that option. LFS made this change in April 2017.

First, fix a build issue with ICU >= 59:

sed -i 's/unsigned short/char16_t/'            \
       Source/JavaScriptCore/API/JSStringRef.h \
       Source/WebKit2/Shared/API/c/WKString.h  &&

sed -i '/stdbool.h/ a#include <uchar.h>' \

Install WebKitGTK+ by running the following commands:

mkdir -vp build &&
cd        build &&

CFLAGS=-Wno-expansion-to-defined  \
CXXFLAGS=-Wno-expansion-to-defined \
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release  \
      -DCMAKE_SKIP_RPATH=ON       \
      -DPORT=GTK                  \
      -DLIB_INSTALL_DIR=/usr/lib  \
      -DUSE_LIBHYPHEN=OFF         \
      -Wno-dev .. &&

This package does not have a working testsuite. However, there is a useable basic graphical web browser in the build directory, build/bin/MiniBrowser. If launching it fails, there is a problem with the build.



When installing, the Makefile does some additional compiling and linking. If you do not have Xorg in /usr, the LIBRARY_PATH and PKG_CONFIG_PATH variables need to be defined for the root user. If using sudo to assume root, use the -E option to pass your current environment variables for the install process.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&

install -vdm755 /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit{2,dom}gtk-4.0 &&
install -vm644  ../Documentation/webkit2gtk-4.0/html/*   \
                /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit2gtk-4.0       &&
install -vm644  ../Documentation/webkitdomgtk-4.0/html/* \

Command Explanations

-DUSE_LIBHYPHEN=OFF: This switch disables default automatic hyphenation implementation. You need to install Hyphen, if you wish to enable it (replacing OFF with ON or just removing the switch).

-DENABLE_MINIBROWSER=ON: This switch enables the Mini Browser compilation and install.

-DUSE_LIBNOTIFY=OFF: Use this switch if you do not have libnotify installed.

-DUSE_SYSTEM_MALLOC=ON: This switch enables building against the system installed malloc.

-DENABLE_GEOLOCATION=OFF: Use this switch if you don't want to install GeoClue-2.4.7.

-DENABLE_GTKDOC=ON: Use this switch if GTK-Doc-1.26 is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Program: jsc and MiniBrowser
Installed Libraries: libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0.so and libwebkit2gtk-4.0.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/webkitgtk-4.0, /usr/lib{,exec}/webkit2gtk-4.0 and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit{2,dom}gtk-4.0

Short Descriptions


is a command-line utility that allows you to run JavaScript programs outside of the context of a web browser.


is a very simple graphical browser.


contains core JavaScript API functions used by jsc and libwebkit2gtk-4.0.


contains the WebKit2 API functions.

Last updated on 2017-08-27 09:44:01 -0700