Introduction to GTK-Doc

The GTK-Doc package contains a code documenter. This is useful for extracting specially formatted comments from the code to create API documentation. This package is optional; if it is not installed, packages will not build the documentation. This does not mean that you will not have any documentation. If GTK-Doc is not available, the install process will copy any pre-built documentation to your system.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

GTK-Doc Dependencies


docbook-xml-4.5, docbook-xsl-nons-1.79.2, itstool-2.0.7, and libxslt-1.1.39



For tests: dblatex or fop-2.9 (XML PDF support), GLib-2.78.4, Which-2.21, and Python modules lxml-4.9.4, parameterized, and yelp-tools



The optional python modules above can be easily installed with the pip3 command.

Installation of GTK-Doc

Install GTK-Doc by running the following commands:

autoreconf -fiv           &&
./configure --prefix=/usr &&

The test suite will hang if the package (or a previous version) is not already installed.

Now, as the root user:

make install

To test the results, issue: make check. Some tests will fail depending on optionally installed packages.


Installed Programs: gtkdocize, gtkdoc-check, gtkdoc-depscan, gtkdoc-fixxref, gtkdoc-mkdb, gtkdoc-mkhtml, gtkdoc-mkhtml2, gtkdoc-mkman, gtkdoc-mkpdf, gtkdoc-rebase, gtkdoc-scan, and gtkdoc-scangobj
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/gtk-doc and /usr/share/cmake/GtkDoc

Short Descriptions


these are all shell, or Python scripts used by package Makefile scripts to generate documentation for the package being built