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-9.1 platform.

Package Information

Mutter Dependencies


gnome-desktop-3.34.4, gnome-settings-daemon-3.34.2, libcanberra-0.30, libwacom-0.29, libxkbcommon-0.10.0, pipewire-0.2.7, UPower-0.99.11, and Zenity-3.32.0


Recommended (Required to build the Wayland compositor)

Recommended (Runtime)

User Notes:

Installation of Mutter

Install Mutter by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr -Dprofiler=false .. &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test. The tests require an active X session to run correctly. Some (18 of 92) tests require a wayland based session.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install


Installed Programs: mutter
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/{lib,include,libexec/installed-tests,share/{installed-tests}}/mutter-5

Short Descriptions


is a Clutter based compositing GTK+ Window Manager.

contains the Mutter API functions.

Last updated on 2020-02-26 22:00:52 -0800