Introduction to Gjs

Gjs is a set of Javascript bindings for GNOME.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.0 platform.

Package Information

Gjs Dependencies


Cairo-1.17.4, dbus-1.12.20, gobject-introspection-1.68.0, and js78-78.13.0

Recommended (required for GNOME)


sysprof-3.40.1, Valgrind-3.17.0 (for tests), DTrace, LCOV, and Systemtap

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/gjs

Installation of Gjs

Install Gjs by running the following commands:

mkdir gjs-build &&
cd    gjs-build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release .. &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test. The GTK and Cairo tests will fail if not running in an Xorg session. The gjs:JS / Gtk4 test is known to exit with an ERROR on some systems.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install &&
ln -sfv gjs-console /usr/bin/gjs

Command Explanations

--buildtype=release: Specify a buildtype suitable for stable releases of the package, as the default may produce unoptimized binaries.


Installed Programs: gjs (symlink) and gjs-console
Installed Library: libgjs.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gjs-1.0, /usr/lib/gjs, /usr/libexec/installed-tests/gjs, /usr/share/gjs-1.0, and /usr/share/installed-tests/gjs

Short Descriptions


contains a console to run JavaScript commands


contains the GNOME JavaScript bindings

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