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-8.0 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): http://webkitgtk.org/releases/webkitgtk-2.16.1.tar.xz

  • Download MD5 sum: d3bcf995a667fd9febb9ab991acf0ca7

  • Download size: 14 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 1.1 GB (115 MB installed)

  • Estimated build time: 41 SBU (using parallelism=4, 142 SBUs using one core)

WebKitGTK+ Dependencies


Cairo-1.14.8, CMake-3.8.0, enchant-1.6.0, gst-plugins-base-1.10.4, GTK+-2.24.31, GTK+-3.22.12, ICU-59.1, libgudev-231, libsecret-0.18.5, libsoup-2.58.0, libwebp-0.6.0, Mesa-17.0.4, Ruby-2.4.1, SQLite-3.18.0 and Which-2.21



GTK-Doc-1.25, HarfBuzz-1.4.6, libnotify-0.7.7, LLVM-4.0.0, Wayland-1.13.0, 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 &&

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_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-2.4.6.

-DENABLE_GTKDOC=ON: Use this switch if GTK-Doc-1.25 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 2017-04-18 00:25:56 -0500