Introduction to WebKitGTK+

The WebKitGTK+ package is a port of the portable web rendering engine WebKit to the GTK+ 3 and GTK+ 2 platforms.

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

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): https://webkitgtk.org/releases/webkitgtk-2.24.4.tar.xz

  • Download MD5 sum: c214963d8c0e7d83460da04a0d8dda87

  • Download size: 17 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 845 MB (158 MB installed)

  • Estimated build time: 22 SBU (using parallelism=4, 75 SBUs using one core)

WebKitGTK+ Dependencies


Cairo-1.16.0, CMake-3.15.2, gst-plugins-base-1.16.0, gst-plugins-bad-1.16.0, GTK+-2.24.32, GTK+-3.24.10, ICU-64.2, libgudev-233, libsecret-0.18.8, libsoup-2.66.2, libwebp-1.0.3, Mesa-19.1.4, OpenJPEG-2.3.1, Ruby-2.6.4, SQLite-3.29.0, and Which-2.21



GTK-Doc-1.32, HarfBuzz-2.6.0, LLVM-8.0.1, Wayland-1.17.0, Hyphen, MathML, and woff2

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/webkitgtk

Installation of WebKitGTK+

Installation of WebKitGTK+

Install WebKitGTK+ by running the following commands:

mkdir -vp build &&
cd        build &&

CFLAGS=-Wno-expansion-to-defined  \
CXXFLAGS=-Wno-expansion-to-defined \
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release  \
      -DCMAKE_SKIP_RPATH=ON       \
      -DPORT=GTK                  \
      -DLIB_INSTALL_DIR=/usr/lib  \
      -DUSE_LIBHYPHEN=OFF         \
      -DUSE_WOFF2=OFF             \
      -Wno-dev -G Ninja .. &&

This package does not have a working testsuite. However, there is a usable basic graphical web browser in the build directory, build/bin/MiniBrowser. If launching it fails, there is a problem with the build.



When installing, the Makefile does some additional compiling and linking. If you do not have Xorg in /usr, the LIBRARY_PATH and PKG_CONFIG_PATH variables need 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.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install &&

install -vdm755 /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit{2,dom}gtk-4.0 &&
install -vm644  ../Documentation/webkit2gtk-4.0/html/*   \
                /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit2gtk-4.0       &&
install -vm644  ../Documentation/webkitdomgtk-4.0/html/* \

Command Explanations

-DUSE_LIBHYPHEN=OFF: This switch disables default automatic hyphenation implementation. You need to install Hyphen, if you wish to enable it (replacing OFF with ON or just removing the switch).

-DENABLE_MINIBROWSER=ON: This switch enables the Mini Browser compilation and install.

-DUSE_LIBNOTIFY=OFF: Use this switch if you do not have libnotify installed.

-DUSE_SYSTEM_MALLOC=ON: This switch enables building against the system installed malloc.

-DENABLE_GEOLOCATION=OFF: Use this switch if you don't want to install GeoClue-2.5.3.

-DENABLE_GTKDOC=ON: Use this switch if GTK-Doc-1.32 is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.

-DUSE_WOFF2=ON: Use this switch if the optional package woff2 is installed.


Installed Program: jsc, MiniBrowser, and WebKitWebDriver
Installed Libraries: libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0.so and libwebkit2gtk-4.0.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/webkitgtk-4.0, /usr/lib{,exec}/webkit2gtk-4.0, and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit{2,dom}gtk-4.0

Short Descriptions


is a command-line utility that allows you to run JavaScript programs outside of the context of a web browser.


is a very simple graphical browser.


allows debugging and automation of web pages and browsers.


contains core JavaScript API functions used by jsc and libwebkit2gtk-4.0.


contains the WebKit2 API functions.

Last updated on 2019-08-31 05:13:11 -0700