Introduction to libsecret

The libsecret package contains a GObject based library for accessing the Secret Service API.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.4 platform.

Package Information

libsecret Dependencies





GTK-Doc-1.19 and docbook-xml-4.5, docbook-xsl-1.78.1, and libxslt-1.1.28 (to build manual pages)

Optional (Required for the testsuite)

D-Bus Python-1.2.0, Gjs-1.36.1, and PyGObject-2.28.6

User Notes:

Installation of libsecret

Install libsecret by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

To test the results, issue: make check from an X terminal emulator.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--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-manpages: Use this switch if you have not installed libxslt-1.1.28 and DocBook packages.

--disable-gcrypt: Use this switch if you have not installed the recommended dependency of libgcrypt-1.5.3.


Installed Program: secret-tool
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/libsecret-1 and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/libsecret-1

Short Descriptions


is a command line tool that can be used to store and retrieve passwords.

contains the libsecret API functions.

Last updated on 2013-09-02 13:01:46 -0700