Introduction to Evince

Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. It supports PDF, Postscript, DjVu, TIFF and DVI. It is useful for viewing documents of various types using one simple application instead of the multiple document viewers that once existed on the GNOME Desktop.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.0 platform.

This package is known to build and work properly when built with gcc-7.1.

Package Information

Evince Dependencies


adwaita-icon-theme-3.24.0, gsettings-desktop-schemas-3.24.0, GTK+-3.22.16, itstool-2.0.2, and libxml2-2.9.4



Cups-2.2.4 (to enable printing if support is built into GTK+ 3), gnome-desktop-3.24.2, gst-plugins-base-1.12.2, GTK-Doc-1.25, LibTIFF-4.0.8, texlive-20170524 (or install-tl-unx) DjVuLibre, libgxps, libspectre, and t1lib

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

Installation of Evince

Install Evince by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr                     \
            --enable-compile-warnings=minimum \
            --enable-introspection            \
            --disable-static                  &&

This package does not have a working testsuite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanation

--enable-compile-warnings=minimum: This switch prevents a warning about a date format being treated as an error by gcc-6.1.

--enable-introspection: By default, the Gobject Introspection support is turned off, even though that package is an expected component of the GNOME Desktop.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.

--disable-nautilus: This switch disables building the Nautilus Plugin. Use this switch if Nautilus is not installed.

--without-keyring: This switch disables the use of libsecret. Use this switch if libsecret is not installed.


Installed Programs: evince, evince-previewer, and evince-thumbnailer
Installed Libraries: libevdocument3.so, libevview3.so, /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libevbrowserplugin.so (browser plugin, but unusable in firefox), and /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/libevince-properties-page.so
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,lib,share}/evince, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/{evince,libevdocument-3.0,libevview-3.0}, and /usr/share/help/*/evince

Short Descriptions


is a multiple format document viewer.


is an applicaton that implements the printing previewer.


is a simple program used to create thumbnail images of supported documents.

Last updated on 2017-07-24 16:41:17 -0500