Introduction to WebKitGTK+

The WebKitGTK+ is the 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-7.8 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): http://webkitgtk.org/releases/webkitgtk-2.8.5.tar.xz

  • Download MD5 sum: df79991848a5096d3a75289ebce547ae

  • Download size: 10 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 973 MB (100 MB installed)

  • Estimated build time: 31 SBU (using parallelism=4, estimated 80+ SBU using 1 core)

WebKitGTK+ Dependencies


CMake-3.3.1, gst-plugins-base-1.4.5, GTK+-2.24.28, GTK+-3.16.6, ICU-55.1, libgudev-230, libsecret-0.18.3, libsoup-2.50.0, libwebp-0.4.3, MesaLib-10.6.6, Ruby-2.2.3, SQLite- and Which-2.21



GTK-Doc-1.24, Harfbuzz-1.0.3, LLVM-3.7.0, GeoClue2, and MathML

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

Installation of WebKitGTK+

Installation of WebKitGTK+

Install WebKitGTK+ by running the following commands:

sed -e 's/“/\"/' -e 's/”/\"/' \
    -i Source/WebCore/xml/XMLViewer.{css,js} &&

mkdir -vp build &&
cd        build &&

cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release  \
      -DCMAKE_SKIP_RPATH=ON       \
      -DPORT=GTK                  \
      -DLIB_INSTALL_DIR=/usr/lib  \
      -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

sed -i ...: Fixes typos in two source code files.

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

-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-0.12.0 or GeoClue2.

-DENABLE_GTKDOC=ON: Use this switch if GTK-Doc-1.24 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/webkit2gtk-4.0, /usr/libexec/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 2015-09-20 19:26:37 -0700