Introduction to Epiphany

Epiphany is a simple yet powerful GNOME web browser targeted at non-technical users. Its principles are simplicity and standards compliance.

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

Package Information

Epiphany Dependencies


Gcr-3.41.1, gnome-desktop-43.2, ISO Codes-4.12.0, JSON-GLib-1.6.6, libnotify-0.8.1, libportal-0.6, Nettle-3.8.1, and WebKitGTK-2.38.5




Runtime Dependencies

gnome-keyring-42.1 (for storing passwords) and Seahorse-43.0 (for managing stored passwords)

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/epiphany

Installation of Epiphany

Install Epiphany by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release .. &&

Now, as the root user:

ninja install


If you installed the package to your system using a DESTDIR method, /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/gschemas.compiled was not updated/created. Create (or update) the file using the following command as the root user:

glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas

One test would fail if this package is not installed, so it's better to run the test suite after installation. To test the results, issue LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 ninja test. The tests must be run from a graphical session.

Command Explanations

--buildtype=release: Specify a buildtype suitable for stable releases of the package, as the default may produce unoptimized binaries.


Installed Program: epiphany
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/{lib,libexec,share,share/help/*}/epiphany

Short Descriptions


is a GNOME web browser based on the WebKit2 rendering engine