Introduction to libpeas

libpeas is a GObject based plugins engine, and is targeted at giving every application the chance to assume its own extensibility.

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

Package Information

libpeas Dependencies


gobject-introspection-1.78.1 and GTK+-3.24.41



Gi-DocGen-2023.3, Glade, embed, LGI (for LUA bindings, built with LUA-5.1), with either luajit or LUA-5.1

Installation of libpeas

Install libpeas by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson setup --prefix=/usr          \
            --buildtype=release    \
            --wrap-mode=nofallback \
            ..                     &&

If you have Gi-DocGen-2023.3 installed and wish to build the API documentation for this package, issue:

sed "/docs_dir =/s@\$@/ 'libpeas-1.36.0'@" \
    -i ../docs/reference/       &&
meson configure -Dgtk_doc=true             &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test. An active graphical session with bus address is necessary to run the tests.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

--buildtype=release: Specify a buildtype suitable for stable releases of the package, as the default may produce unoptimized binaries.

--wrap-mode=nofallback: This switch prevents meson from using subproject fallbacks for any dependency declarations in the build files, stopping it downloading any optional dependency which is not installed on the system.

-Dvapi=true: Add this switch if you wish to generate vapi (vala) data.

-Ddemos=false: Add this switch if you do not wish to build the demo programs.


Installed Program: peas-demo
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/libpeas-1.0, /usr/lib/libpeas-1.0, /usr/lib/peas-demo and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/libpeas (optional)

Short Descriptions


is the Peas demo program

contains the libpeas API functions

contains the libpeas GTK+ widgets