Introduction to Xine Libraries

The Xine Libraries package contains xine libraries. These are useful for interfacing with external plug-ins that allow the flow of information from the source to the audio and video hardware.



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Package Information

Xine Libraries Dependencies


a graphical environment, FFmpeg-4.4.1, and at least one of: ALSA-1.2.6, PulseAudio-15.0, or JACK



AAlib-1.4rc5, FAAD2-2_10_0, FLAC-1.3.4, gdk-pixbuf-2.42.8, GLU-9.0.2, ImageMagick-7.1.0-25, liba52-0.7.4, libdvdcss-1.4.3, libmad-0.15.1b, libmng-2.0.3, libnsl-2.0.0, libtheora-1.1.1, libva-2.14.0 (requires GLU-9.0.2), libvdpau-1.5, libvorbis-1.3.7, libvpx-1.11.0, Mesa-21.3.7, Samba-4.16.1, SDL-1.2.15, Speex-1.2.0, Doxygen-1.9.4 (to create the API documentation), v4l-utils-1.22.1 DirectFB, libbluray, libcaca, libdca, libFAME, libmodplug, musepack, VCDImager, and WavPack,

User Notes:

Installation of Xine Libraries

Install Xine Libraries by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr          \
            --disable-vcd          \
            --with-external-dvdnav \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.12 &&

To create the API documentation, Doxygen must be installed and issue the following command:

doxygen doc/Doxyfile

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


When installing, the Makefile does some additional linking. If you do not have Xorg in /usr, the LIBRARY_PATH variable needs to be defined for the root user. If using sudo to assume root, use the -E option to pass your current environment variables for the install process.

If you built the API documentation, issue the following commands as the root user to install it:

install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.12/api &&
install -v -m644    doc/api/* \

Command Explanations

--disable-vcd: This switch is required to compile Xine Lib without VCDImager installed. Remove this option if you have installed VCDImager.

--with-external-dvdnav: This switch is required, because internal libraries cannot decrypt DVD.

--docdir=/usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.12: This switch causes the documentation to be installed into a versioned directory instead of the default /usr/share/doc/xine-lib.

--disable-vaapi: use this switch if libva-2.14.0 is installed and GLU-9.0.2 is not, to prevent a build failure.


Installed Programs: xine-config and xine-list-1.2
Installed Libraries: and numerous plugin modules and video extensions under /usr/lib/xine/plugins/2.8
Installed Fonts: Output display engine fonts located in /usr/share/xine-lib/fonts
Installed Directories: /usr/include/xine, /usr/lib/xine, /usr/share/xine-lib, and /usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.12

Short Descriptions


provides information to programs trying to link with the xine libraries


is used to get supported file type information from xine-lib

provides the API for processing audio/video files