Introduction to Totem

Totem package contains the official movie player of the GNOME Desktop based on GStreamer. It features a playlist, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, as well as keyboard navigation. This is useful for playing any GStreamer supported file, DVD, VCD or digital CD.

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

Package Information

Totem Dependencies


adwaita-icon-theme-3.14.1, clutter-gst-2.0.14, clutter-gtk-1.6.0, gst-plugins-bad-1.4.5, gst-plugins-good-1.4.5, Itstool-2.0.2, libpeas-1.13.0, and totem-pl-parser-3.10.4



Avahi-0.6.31 (if installed at build time, make sure avahi-daemon is running as a system daemon, started by bootscript/systemd unit), Brasero-3.12.0, GTK-Doc-1.21, LIRC, pylint, and zeitgeist,

Recommended (Runtime)

User Notes:

Installation of Totem

Install Totem by running the following commands:

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

This package does not come with a testsuite.

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.


Installed Programs: totem, totem-audio-preview, and totem-video-thumbnailer
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/totem, /usr/lib/totem, /usr/libexec/totem, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/totem, /usr/share/help/*/totem, and /usr/share/totem

Short Descriptions


is a GNOME Desktop movie player based on GStreamer.


is a video thumbnailer for the GNOME Desktop used internally by GNOME applications such as Nautilus to generate PNG thumbnails of video files. While it is possible to invoke it manually, it is usually done automatically by Nautilus.

contains the Totem API functions.

Last updated on 2015-03-03 16:19:21 -0800