Introduction to libfm

The libfm package contains a library used to develop file managers providing some file management utilities.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 11.3 platform.

Package Information

libfm Dependencies


GTK+-2.24.33 or GTK+-3.24.36 (GTK+-2 recommended since LXDE GTK+-3 support is still experimental), and menu-cache-1.1.0



GTK-Doc-1.33.2, dbus-glib-0.112 and Gvfs-1.50.3 or udisks (for volume management - experimental)

User Notes:

Installation of libfm

Install libfm by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr     \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --disable-static  &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--with-gtk=3: This option selects the version of gtk+ to use. The default is gtk+-2.

--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 Program: libfm-pref-apps and lxshortcut
Installed Libraries:, and
Installed Directories: /etc/xdg/libfm, /usr/lib/libfm, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/libfm and /usr/share/libfm

Short Descriptions


sets preferred applications for programs based on libfm


is a small program used to edit application shortcuts

contains the libfm API functions