Introduction to ePDFView-gtk3

ePDFView-gtk3 is a fork of the old ePDFView program. Although the github repository https://github.com/Flow-It/epdfview_old.git names it as 'old', it is the gtk3 fork. It is a lightweight replacement for Evince as it does not rely upon GNOME libraries and is more capable than MuPDF.

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

Package Information

ePDFView Dependencies


GTK+-3.24.41 and Poppler-24.02.0



The home page of the project's repository mentions that there are optional dependencies, which are enabled by switches. These are for building the documentation and running the test suite, Doxygen-1.10.0 and Cppunit. Note that doxygen only installs a skeletal page about itself, which contains no package documentation, and the test code does not compile with recent versions of C++.

Installation of ePDFView-gtk3

Install ePDFView-gtk3 by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson setup --prefix=/usr          \
            --buildtype=release    \
            -Denable-printing=true \
            ..                     &&

This package does not come with a buildable test suite.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install


This package installs icon files into the /usr/share/icons/hicolor hierarchy and desktop files into the /usr/share/applications hierarchy. You can improve system performance and memory usage by updating /usr/share/icons/hicolor/index.theme and /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache. To perform the update you must have GTK+-3.24.41 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.27 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache -qtf /usr/share/icons/hicolor &&
update-desktop-database -q

Command Explanations

-Denable-printing=true: builds the code to link to the cups print queue(s). Omit this if you have not installed cups.

Configuring ePDFView-gtk3

ePDFView-gtk3 has several keyboard hotkeys for optional features. Most of them are 'off' by default, including the toolbar, and if it has been closed with the menu disabled, the program can start with all options not being visible until the relevant function keys are pressed.

  • [F6] - toggle toolbar

  • [F7] - toggle menu

  • [F8] - toggle invert-colors

  • [F9] - toggle show-index

  • [F11] - toggle fullscreen


Installed Program: epdfview
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/epdfview

Short Descriptions


is a Gtk+-3 program for viewing PDF documents