Introduction to Mutter

Mutter is the window manager for GNOME. It is not invoked directly, but from GNOME Session (on a machine with a hardware accelerated video driver).

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-9.0 platform.

Package Information

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Mutter Dependencies


Clutter-1.26.2, gnome-desktop-3.32.2, libcanberra-0.30, libwacom-0.29, libxkbcommon-0.8.4, pipewire-0.2.6, UPower-0.99.10, and Zenity-3.32.0


Recommended (Required to build the Wayland compositor)

User Notes:

Installation of Mutter

First, apply a patch to Mutter to fix some upstream bugs:

patch -Np1 -i ../mutter-3.32.2-upstream_fixes-1.patch

Install Mutter by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr .. &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test. The tests require an active X session to run correctly. A few tests may fail depending on the gobject-introspection version installed as well.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install


Installed Programs: mutter
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/{lib,include,libexec/installed-tests,share/{installed-tests}}/mutter-4

Short Descriptions


is a Clutter based compositing GTK+ Window Manager.

contains the Mutter API functions.

Last updated on 2019-08-25 11:35:01 -0700