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Run Time Dependencies

  • gjs (>= 1.76)
  • gtk4 (>= 4.12)
  • libadwaita (>= 1.4; gir1.2-adw-1 in Debian-based distros)
  • webkitgtk-6.0 (webkitgtk6.0 in Fedora; gir1.2-webkit-6.0 in Debian-based distros)

Optional Dependencies

To enable auto-hyphenation, you will need to install hyphenation rules, e.g., hyphen-en for English, hyphen-fr for French, etc. (which strictly speaking are optional dependencies for WebkitGTK, not Foliate itself).

For text-to-speech support, install speech-dispatcher and output modules such as espeak-ng.

If installed, tracker (>= 3; gir1.2-tracker-3.0 in Debian-based distros) and tracker-miners can be used to track the locations of files.

Obtaining the Source

The repo uses git submodules. Before running or installing, make sure you clone the whole thing with --recurse-submodules.

Run without Building or Installing

It's possible to run directly from the source tree without building or installing. Simply run

gjs -m src/main.js

This can be useful if you just want to quickly try out Foliate or test a change.

But note that this will run it without using GSettings, so settings will not be saved. To solve this, you can compile the schema by running

glib-compile-schemas data

Then you can set the schema directory when running the app:

GSETTINGS_SCHEMA_DIR=data gjs -m src/main.js

Building and Installing from Source

The following dependencies are required for building:

  • meson (>= 0.59)
  • pkg-config
  • gettext

To install, run the following commands:

meson setup build
sudo ninja -C build install

To uninstall, run

sudo ninja -C build uninstall

Installing to a Local Directory

By default Meson installs to /usr/local. You can install without root permissions by choosing a local prefix, such as $PWD/run:

meson setup build --prefix $PWD/run
ninja -C build install

You can then run it with

GSETTINGS_SCHEMA_DIR=run/share/glib-2.0/schemas ./run/bin/foliate


Foliate is available on Flathub.

For developement with Flatpak, use GNOME Builder to open and run the project.


Foliate is available on the Snap Store. To install:

sudo snap install foliate


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This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

The following JavaScript libraries are bundled in this software:

  • foliate-js, which is MIT licensed.
  • zip.js, which is licensed under the BSD-3-Clause license.
  • fflate, which is MIT licensed.
  • PDF.js, which is licensed under Apache License 2.0.

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