Introduction to Gjs

Gjs is a set of Javascript bindings for GNOME.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.2 platform.

Package Information

Gjs Dependencies


Cairo-1.17.6, dbus-1.14.0, gobject-introspection-1.72.0, and JS-91.12.0

Recommended (required for GNOME)


sysprof-3.44.0, Valgrind-3.19.0 (for tests), DTrace, LCOV, and Systemtap

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

Installation of Gjs

Install Gjs by running the following commands:

mkdir gjs-build &&
cd    gjs-build &&

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

To test the results, issue: ninja test. The GTK and Cairo tests will fail if not running in an Xorg session. Four tests are known to timeout.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install &&

Command Explanations

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


Installed Programs: gjs (symlink) and gjs-console
Installed Library: libgjs.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gjs-1.0, /usr/lib/gjs, /usr/libexec/installed-tests/gjs, /usr/share/gjs-1.0, and /usr/share/installed-tests/gjs

Short Descriptions


contains a console to run JavaScript commands


contains the GNOME JavaScript bindings