Introduction to At-Spi2 Core

The At-Spi2 Core package contains a comprehensive accessibility framework for the Assistive Technologies available on the GNOME platform. This includes a set of interfaces which are implemented by other toolkits and applications.

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

Package Information

At-Spi2 Core Dependencies


dbus-1.14.10, GLib-2.78.4, gsettings-desktop-schemas-45.0 (Runtime), and Xorg Libraries

Optional (Required if building GNOME)



Gi-DocGen-2023.3 and sphinx-7.2.6

Installation of At-Spi2 Core

Install At-Spi2 Core by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson setup --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release .. &&

The test suite also requires the glib schemas of the package to be installed already. To test the results, install the package first, then issue: dbus-run-session ninja test. One test, atk-test, is known to timeout on some systems.

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.

-Ddocs=true: Use this switch if you want to build the documentation. Note that you must have both Gi-DocGen-2023.3 and sphinx-7.2.6 installed on your system.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Library:,,, and /usr/lib/gtk-2.0/modules/
Installed Directories: /usr/include/atk-1.0, /usr/include/at-spi-2.0, /usr/include/at-spi2-atk, /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon-3.0, /usr/share/defaults/at-spi2, and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/libatspi (optional)

Short Descriptions

contains functions that are used by assistive technologies to interact with desktop applications

contains the Accessibility Toolkit GTK+-2 bridge

contains the Accessibility Toolkit GTK+ module

contains the At-Spi2 API functions