Introduction to FriBidi

The FriBidi package is an implementation of the Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm (BIDI). This is useful for supporting Arabic and Hebrew alphabets in other packages.



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Package Information

FriBidi Dependencies


c2man (to build man pages)

Installation of FriBidi

Install FriBidi by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

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

To test the results, issue: ninja test.

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 Program: fribidi
Installed Library:
Installed Directory: /usr/include/fribidi

Short Descriptions


is a command-line interface to the libfribidi library and can be used to convert a logical string to visual output

contains functions used to implement the Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm