Introduction to WebKitGTK

The WebKitGTK package is a port of the portable web rendering engine WebKit to the GTK+ 3 and GTK 4 platforms.



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Package Information

WebKitGTK Dependencies


Cairo-1.17.6, CMake-3.25.2, gst-plugins-base-1.22.0, gst-plugins-bad-1.22.0, GTK+-3.24.36, ICU-72.1, Little CMS-2.14, libgudev-237, libsecret-0.20.5, libsoup-3.2.2, libtasn1-4.19.0, libwebp-1.3.0, Mesa-22.3.5, OpenJPEG-2.5.0, Ruby-3.2.0, SQLite-3.40.1, Which-2.21, and wpebackend-fdo-1.14.0



bubblewrap-0.7.0, Gi-DocGen-2023.1, GTK-4.8.3, HarfBuzz-6.0.0, Wayland-1.21.0, WOFF2-1.0.2, ccache, Hyphen, libavif, libmanette, and xdg-dbus-proxy

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/webkitgtk

Installation of WebKitGTK

Installation of WebKitGTK

Install WebKitGTK by running the following commands:

mkdir -vp build &&
cd        build &&

cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release  \
      -DCMAKE_SKIP_RPATH=ON       \
      -DPORT=GTK                  \
      -DLIB_INSTALL_DIR=/usr/lib  \
      -DUSE_LIBHYPHEN=OFF         \
      -DENABLE_GAMEPAD=OFF        \
      -DUSE_WOFF2=OFF             \
      -DUSE_WPE_RENDERER=ON       \
      -Wno-dev -G Ninja ..        &&

This package does not have a working test suite. However, there is a usable basic graphical web browser in the build directory, build/bin/MiniBrowser. If launching it fails, there is a problem with the build.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

As the -DENABLE_DOCUMENTATION=OFF option is used, the documentation is not rebuilt nor installed now. If you need the documentation, you can either install Gi-DocGen-2023.1 and remove this option from the cmake command, or install the pre-built documentation instead:

install -vdm755 /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/{jsc-glib,webkit2gtk{,-web-extension}}-4.1 &&
install -vm644  ../Documentation/jsc-glib-4.1/*              \
                /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/jsc-glib-4.1         &&
install -vm644  ../Documentation/webkit2gtk-4.1/*            \
                /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/webkit2gtk-4.1       &&
install -vm644  ../Documentation/webkit2gtk-web-extension-4.1/* \

Command Explanations

-DUSE_LIBHYPHEN=OFF: This switch disables the default automatic hyphenation implementation. You need to install Hyphen if you wish to enable it (replacing OFF with ON or just removing the switch).

-DENABLE_DOCUMENTATION=OFF: This switch disables regenerating the documentation. Remove this switch if you have Gi-DocGen-2023.1 installed and wish to regenerate the documentation.

-DENABLE_GAMEPAD=OFF: This switch disables gamepad support. Remove this switch if you have libmanette installed and wish to enable it.

-DENABLE_MINIBROWSER=ON: This switch enables compiling and installing the MiniBrowser.

-DUSE_WPE_RENDERER=ON: This switch uses the WPE renderer, which is recommended by upstream.

-DENABLE_BUBBLEWRAP_SANDBOX=OFF: Remove this switch if the optional packages bubblewrap-0.7.0 and xdg-dbus-proxy are installed.

-DENABLE_JOURNALD_LOG=OFF: This switch disables using the systemd journal for logging errors and debugging information since it is not available on SysV systems.

-DUSE_SYSTEM_MALLOC=ON: This switch enables building against the system installed malloc.

-DENABLE_GEOLOCATION=OFF: Use this switch if you don't want to install GeoClue-2.7.0.

-DUSE_WOFF2=ON: Use this switch if the optional package WOFF2-1.0.2 is installed. This adds additional support for fonts.


Installed Program: WebKitWebDriver
Installed Libraries: libjavascriptcoregtk-4.1.so and libwebkit2gtk-4.1.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/webkitgtk-4.1, /usr/lib{,exec}/webkit2gtk-4.1, and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/{jsc-glib,webkit2gtk{,-web-extension}}-4.1

Short Descriptions


allows debugging and automation of web pages and browsers


contains core JavaScript API functions used by jsc and libwebkit2gtk-4.1


contains the WebKit2 API functions