Introduction to GtkSourceView

The GtkSourceView package contains a library used for extending the GTK text functions to include syntax highlighting.



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Package Information

GtkSourceView Dependencies


GTK-4.8.3 and pcre2-10.42



GTK-Doc-1.33.2, sysprof-3.46.0, Vala-0.56.3, and Valgrind-3.20.0

User Notes:

Installation of GtkSourceView

Install GtkSourceView by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

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

To test the results, issue: ninja test.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

-Dgtk_doc=true: Use this switch if you have GTK-Doc-1.33.2 installed and wish to generate the API documentation.

-Dsysprof=true: Use this switch if you have sysprof-3.46.0 installed and wish to build with sysprof profiler support.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gtksourceview-5 and /usr/share/gtksourceview-5

Short Descriptions

contains function extensions for the GtkTextView widget