Webkit and Midori Browser on Debian

Midori is a very nice browser 8)
I am finding it snappy and fresh compared to FF. Although you do notice that it
isn’t quite finished,especially when posting on forums.

More info:

* Full integration with GTK+ 2.
* Fast rendering with WebKit.
* Tabs, windows and session management.
* Flexibly configurable Web Search.
* User scripts and user styles support.
* Straightforward bookmark management.
* Customizable and extensible interface.
* Extensions written in C.
* Custom context menu actions.

Extension modules can be written in C, bindings to Lua and/or Python are planned
for the future. Midori passes the Acid2 test, and utilizing a recent WebKit build it
passes the Acid3 test as well.[/quote]

I compiled Webkit then installed Midori nightly build.

Get the last webkit

1. Go to http://webkit.org/
2. Download the last nightly archive for Linux ( I got r40102)
3. Unzip the archive
4. Open a Terminal and go in the new folder

[b]Installation of packages needed[/b]

For a webkit build you need to install :

sudo apt-get install autoconf automake libtool bison flex gperf libicu-dev
libxslt-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libsqlite3-dev libjpeg62-dev libpng12-dev
libglibmm-2.4-dev libgtk2.0-dev build-essential

Webkit compilation
Compilation preparation :


[b]And :[/b]

./configure –enable-svg-experimental

Now go and make a coffee, or have a beer, or whatever you think may give
you pleasure for around 10 minutes, while it’s compiling. My proc was at 100%
all the way through. (Yes, I did sit there and watch it. How Geeky is that? :-\ )

[b]Launch compilation with :[/b]


[b]Installation with :[/b]

sudo make install

Now lets get the Midori browser

[b]We need git to download Midori sources :[/b]

sudo apt-get install git-core curl

[b]We need some packages :[/b]

sudo apt-get install libsoup2.4-1 cdbs debhelper fdupes gettext html2text
intltool intltool-debian libsexy-dev po-debconf

[b]Download of Midori sources :[/b]

git clone http://software.twotoasts.de/media/midori.git

[b]Go in the directory :[/b]

cd midori

Now install using a different way that you are used to,
Some guides say the usual ./configure or autogen.sh, but no. It’s easier using the waf file.

./waf configure
./waf build
sudo ./waf install

You’ll probably get an error message at the end about the gtk-icon-cache, so did I,
but Midori still works. I did a few searches to try and find out what exactly you need to
be able to run this command:


All it lead me to was:

Maybe somebody else could shed some light on it.

Anyway, I have it all installed and running nicely on my Debian Lenny Xfce4 desktop,
just in case any of you want a taste of the latest greatest browser that uses Webkit.

Of course, screenie:

Digg It! HERE
Discuss It HERE
If you don’t want to sign up to the forum, there is a guest board for comments as well.


2 thoughts on “Webkit and Midori Browser on Debian

  1. Midori il est excellent, il est super rapide et surout tres leger, les developpeurs n ont mis que ce qui leur semblait utile

    il gere le html5 et surtout les userscripts,

    je l ai mis comme premier browser par default

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