Introduction to Cheese

Cheese is used to take photos and videos with fun graphical effects.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.0 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

Cheese Dependencies


clutter-gst-3.0.27, clutter-gtk-1.8.4, gnome-desktop-40.4, gst-plugins-bad-1.18.5, gst-plugins-good-1.18.5 (built with v4l-utils-1.20.0), libcanberra-0.30, and libgudev-237



GTK-Doc-1.33.2, libxslt-1.1.34, appstream-glib, LCOV , and Nautilus SendTo

User Notes:

Kernel Configuration

Depending on your camera, enable the appropriate options and recompile the kernel if necessary:

Device Drivers  --->
  Multimedia support --->
    <*> Autoselect ancillary drivers (tuners, sensors, i2c, spi, frontends) [CONFIG_MEDIA_SUBDRV_AUTOSELECT]
    Media device types --->
      <*> Cameras/video grabbers support  [CONFIG_MEDIA_CAMERA_SUPPORT]
    Media drivers --->
      <*> Media USB Adapters  --->         [CONFIG_MEDIA_USB_SUPPORT]
                  Select device(s) as needed

Installation of Cheese

First, fix a problem generating the man page:

sed -i "s/&version;/3.38.0/" docs/reference/cheese{,-docs}.xml

Next, fix some build issues due to removed Vala functions:

patch -Np1 -i ../cheese-3.38.0-upstream_fixes-1.patch

Install Cheese by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

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

This package does not have a working testsuite.

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.

-Dgtk_doc=false: This switch prevents the build system from generating and installing the API documentation. Omit this switch if you have GTK-Doc-1.33.2 installed and wish to generate and install the API documentation. Building the documentation is broken due to an incompatibility with gtk-doc.


Installed Program: cheese
Installed Library: and
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,share/gtk-doc/html,share/help/*}/cheese

Short Descriptions


is a webcam tool with graphical effects

contains the Cheese API functions

contains the Cheese GTK+ widgets

Last updated on Mon Sep 6 19:42:49 2021 +