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-11.2 platform.

Package Information

Mutter Dependencies


gnome-settings-daemon-42.2, graphene-1.10.8, libxcvt-0.1.2, libxkbcommon-1.4.1, pipewire-0.3.56, and Zenity-3.42.1


Recommended (Required to build the Wayland compositor)

Recommended (Runtime)


Xorg-Server-21.1.4 (for X11 sessions)

User Notes:

Installation of Mutter

Install Mutter by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

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

This package does not come ith a test suite that runs properly in the SystemV environment.

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.

-Dtests=false: Prevents building the tests, and removes a hard requirement on xvfb-run.

-Dprofiler=false: Use this option if Sysprof is not installed, and you don't want meson to download Sysprof source code.


Installed Programs: mutter
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/{lib,include,libexec/installed-tests,share/{,installed-tests}}/mutter-10

Short Descriptions


is a Clutter based compositing GTK+ Window Manager

contains the Mutter API functions