Introduction to Xine Libraries

The Xine Libraries package contains xine libraries. These are useful for interfacing with external plug-ins that allow the flow of information from the source to the audio and video hardware.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.0 platform.

Package Information

Xine Libraries Dependencies


X Window System, FFmpeg-3.2.4, and at least one of: ALSA-1.1.3, PulseAudio-10.0 or JACK



AAlib-1.4rc5, FAAD2-2.7, FLAC-1.3.2, gdk-pixbuf-2.36.5, GLU-9.0.0, ImageMagick-7.0.4-8, liba52-0.7.4, libmad-0.15.1b, libmng-2.0.3, libtheora-1.1.1, libva-1.7.3, libvdpau-1.1.1, libvorbis-1.3.5, libvpx-1.6.1, Mesa-13.0.4, Samba-4.5.5, SDL-1.2.15, Speex-1.2rc2, Doxygen-1.8.13 (to create the API documentation), v4l-utils-1.12.3 DirectFB, libbluray, libcaca, libdca, libFAME, libmodplug, musepack, VCDImager, and WavPack,

User Notes:

Installation of Xine Libraries

Install Xine Libraries by running the following commands:

sed -e 's/avcodec_alloc_frame/av_frame_alloc/'        \
    -e 's/avcodec_free_frame/av_frame_free/'          \
    -i src/combined/ffmpeg/ff_{audio,video}_decoder.c \
       src/dxr3/ffmpeg_encoder.c &&

sed -e 's|wand/magick_wand.h|MagickWand/MagickWand.h|' \
    -i src/video_dec/image.c &&

sed -e '/xineplug_vo_out_xcbxv_la_LIBADD/s/$(XCB_LIBS)/$(XCBSHM_LIBS) $(XCB_LIBS)/' \
    -i src/video_out/ &&

sed -e 's/\(xcb-shape >= 1.0\)/xcb \1/' \
    -i m4/video_out.m4 &&

./configure --prefix=/usr          \
            --disable-vcd          \
            --with-external-dvdnav \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.6 &&

To create the API documentation, Doxygen must be installed and issue the following command:

doxygen doc/Doxyfile

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


When installing, the Makefile does some additional linking. If you do not have Xorg in /usr, the LIBRARY_PATH variable needs 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.

If you built the API documentation, issue the following commands as the root user to install it:

install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.6/api &&
install -v -m644    doc/api/* \

Command Explanations

sed ...: These commands enable the package to be built with FFmpeg-3.2.4, ImageMagick-7.0.4-8 and libxcb-1.12.

--disable-vcd: This switch is required to compile Xine Lib without VCDImager installed. Remove this option if you have installed VCDImager.

--with-external-dvdnav: This switch is required, because internal libraries cannot decrypt DVD.

--docdir=/usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.6: This switch causes the documentation to be installed into a versioned directory instead of the default /usr/share/doc/xine-lib.


Installed Programs: xine-config and xine-list-1.2
Installed Libraries: and numerous plugin modules and video extensions under /usr/lib/xine/plugins/2.5
Installed Fonts: Output display engine fonts located in /usr/share/xine-lib/fonts
Installed Directories: /usr/include/xine, /usr/lib/xine, /usr/share/xine-lib, and /usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.6

Short Descriptions


provides information to programs trying to link with the xine libraries.


is used to get supported filetype information from xine-lib.

provides the API for processing audio/video files.

Last updated on 2017-02-17 19:16:56 -0800