Introduction to WebKitGTK+

The WebKitGTK+ is the port of the portable web rendering engine WebKit to the GTK+ 3 platform.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.7-systemd platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): http://webkitgtk.org/releases/webkitgtk-2.10.9.tar.xz

  • Download MD5 sum: 910749295bd177738469ae19ec9dded24

  • Download size: 10 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 0.98 GB (105 MB installed)

  • Estimated build time: 35 SBU (with parallelism=4, estimated 88+ SBU using one core)

WebKitGTK+ Dependencies


CMake-3.5.0, gst-plugins-base-1.6.3, GTK+-3.18.6, ICU-56.1, libgudev-230, libsecret-0.18.4, libsoup-2.52.2, libwebp-0.5.0, Mesa-11.1.1, Ruby-2.3.0, SQLite-3.11.0 and Which-2.21



GTK-Doc-1.24. Harfbuzz-1.1.3, libnotify-0.7.6, LLVM-3.8.0, Hyphen, and MathML



Note that WebKitGTK+ links against GTK+ 2 in order to be able to use NPAPI plugins such as Adobe Flash.

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

Installation of WebKitGTK+

Install WebKitGTK+ by running the following commands:

mkdir 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.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -vdm755 /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit{2,dom}gtk-4.0 &&
install -vm644 ../Documentation/webkitgtk2-4.0/html/*  \
               /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit2gtk-4.0        &&
install -vm644 ../Documentation/webkitdomgtk-4.0/html/* \

Command Explanations

-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release: This switch is used to apply higher level of the compiler optimizations.

-DCMAKE_SKIP_RPATH=ON: This switch is used to prevent hardcoding a runtime path into the built executables.

-DLIB_INSTALL_DIR=/usr/lib: This switch is used to get libraries to install to /usr/lib instead of /usr/lib64 on a 64 bit system.

-DENABLE_SPELLCHECK=OFF: Use this switch if you don't want to install enchant-1.6.0 and don't need the spell checking feature.

-DENABLE_GEOLOCATION=OFF: Use this switch if you don't want to install GeoClue-0.12.0 or GeoClue-2.2.0 and don't need the geolocation feature.

-DENABLE_GTKDOC=ON: Use this switch if you have installed GTK-Doc-1.24 and wish to build the API manuals.


Installed Programs: 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, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit2gtk-4.0 and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkitdomgtk-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, useful for testing.


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


contains the WebKit2 API functions.

Last updated on 2016-05-05 20:04:13 -0500