Introduction to libgdata

The libgdata package is a GLib-based library for accessing online service APIs using the GData protocol, most notably, Google's services. It provides APIs to access the common Google services and has full asynchronous support.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-9.1 platform.

Package Information

libgdata Dependencies


liboauth-1.0.3, libsoup-2.68.3, gnome-online-accounts-3.34.1, GTK+-3.24.13, JSON-GLib-1.4.4, and Vala-0.46.6



GTK-Doc-1.32 and uhttpmock-0.5.1 (required for tests)

User Notes:

Installation of libgdata

Install libgdata by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr -Dgtk_doc=false -Dalways_build_tests=false .. &&

If you wish to run the test suite, make sure uhttpmock-0.5.1 is installed and remove -Dalways_build_tests=false in the meson command line. To test the results, issue: ninja test. Note that the tests need network access.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

-Dgtk_doc=false: Remove this if you have GTK-Doc-1.32 installed and want to rebuild the documentation with it.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/libgdata, /usr/libexec/installed-tests/libgdata, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/gdata, and /usr/share/installed-tests/libgdata

Short Descriptions

contains the libgdata API functions.

Last updated on 2020-02-25 20:51:27 -0800