Introduction to Clutter

The Clutter package contains an open source software library used for creating fast, visually rich and animated graphical user interfaces.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.5 platform.



Anything built with this toolkit needs hardware 3D acceleration from the graphics driver at runtime. This is provided by MesaLib (or by proprietary graphics drivers), but is not available for every graphics card nor for all virtual machines. You may wish to review Checking the DRI installation.

Package Information

Clutter Dependencies


ATK-2.10.0, Cogl-1.16.2, and JSON-GLib-0.16.2



GTK-Doc-1.19, libevdev, libxkbcommon, Tslib, udev-extras (from systemd) (for GUdev), and Wayland

User Notes:

Installation of Clutter

Install Clutter by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --enable-egl-backend &&

To test the results, issue: make -k check (you must be in an xterm or similar to do this, because it launches some windows). The test fails, if experimental backends have been enabled by the use of the parameter --enable-egl-backend. Without that switch, the tests pass.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-egl-backend: This switch enables the experimental EGL windowing backend.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Library: and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/clutter-1.0 and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/{cally,clutter}

Short Descriptions

contains the Clutter API functions.

Last updated on 2014-02-22 07:06:53 -0800