Introduction to At-Spi2 Core

The At-Spi2 Core package contains a comprehensive accessibility framework for the Assistive Technologies available on the GNOME platform. This includes a set of interfaces which are implemented by other toolkits and applications.



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Package Information

At-Spi2 Core Dependencies


dbus-1.14.10, GLib-2.78.0, gsettings-desktop-schemas-45.0 (Runtime), and Xorg Libraries

Optional (Required if building GNOME)



Gi-DocGen-2023.1 and sphinx-7.2.6

Installation of At-Spi2 Core

Install At-Spi2 Core by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson setup ..            \
      --prefix=/usr       \
      --buildtype=release \
      -Dsystemd_user_dir=/tmp &&

The test suite also requires the glib schemas of the package to be installed already. To test the results, install the package first, then issue: dbus-run-session ninja test. One test, atk-test, is known to timeout on some systems.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install &&
rm /tmp/at-spi-dbus-bus.service

Command Explanations

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

-Dsystemd_user_dir=/tmp: This flag puts the systemd unit file in /tmp where it will be removed. SysV is unable to use this file.

-Ddocs=true: Use this switch if you want to build the documentation. Note that you must have both Gi-DocGen-2023.1 and sphinx-7.2.6 installed on your system.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Library:,,, and /usr/lib/gtk-2.0/modules/
Installed Directories: /usr/include/atk-1.0, /usr/include/at-spi-2.0, /usr/include/at-spi2-atk, /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon-3.0, /usr/share/defaults/at-spi2, and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/libatspi (optional)

Short Descriptions

contains functions that are used by assistive technologies to interact with desktop applications

contains the Accessibility Toolkit GTK+-2 bridge

contains the Accessibility Toolkit GTK+ module

contains the At-Spi2 API functions