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Valama 28.05.2013

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Manual installation


  • cmake (>= 2.8.4)
  • valac (>= 0.20), valac-0.24 or valac-0.26 is recommended
  • pkg-config
  • gobject-2.0
  • glib-2.0
  • gio-2.0
  • gladeui-2.0 (for glade files)
  • gee-0.8 (>= 0.10.5)
  • at least libvala-0.20, libvala-0.24 or libvala-0.26 is recommended
  • gdk-3.0
  • gdl-3.0 (>= 3.8), 3.10 or newer is recommended
  • gtk+-3.0 (>= 3.10)
  • gtksourceview-3.0 (>= 3.10), 3.12 or newer is recommended
  • clutter-gtk-1.0
  • libxml-2.0
  • gthread-2.0
  • webkit2gtk-3.0
  • Intltool (required to generate .desktop and .xml files with localization)
  • GNOME desktop icon theme (symbolic icons) (only required to display icons properly) (recommended)
  • rsvg-convert/imagemagick (only required to generate application icons from svg template) (recommended)

On Debian based systems install following packages:

sudo apt-get install build-essential valac-0.24 libvala-0.24-dev cmake pkg-config libgtksourceview-3.0-dev libgee-0.8-dev libxml2-dev libgdl-3-dev libgladeui-dev libclutter-gtk-1.0-dev libwebkit2gtk-3.0-dev intltool gnome-icon-theme-symbolic librsvg2-bin

For a newer Vala version on Ubuntu based systems, you have to include the Vala Team PPA first.

On Fedora based systems install following packages:

sudo yum install vala-devel cmake gtksourceview3-devel glade3-libgladeui-devel glade-devel libgee-devel libxml2-devel libgdl-devel clutter-gtk-devel webkitgtk-devel webkitgtk3-devel intltool gnome-icon-theme-symbolic librsvg2 librsvg2-tools

Ubuntu PPA

Activate Valama daily PPA and install valama package.


  1. mkdir build && cd build
  2. cmake ..
  3. make -j2


  1. sudo make install
  2. sudo ldconfig (to update linker cache for the shared Guanako helper library)

This will automatically install and compile gsettings schemas. (You can disable installtion/removal hooks during compile time with -DPOSTINSTALL_HOOK=OFF option.)

Local installation

Build Valama then run with following options directly from build directory:

XDG_DATA_DIRS=".:$XDG_DATA_DIRS" LD_LIBRARY_PATH=guanako ./valama --syntax ../guanako/data/syntax --templates ../data/templates --buildsystems ../data/buildsystems [FILE]

Optionally use --layout ../data/layout.xml to use standard layout.

Packaging files for distributions

To build and install Valama for your distribution look at the packaging branch. If you don't find your distribution there, you are welcome to contribute your packaging files to this branch (and put you work under GPL-3+).


See the wiki page for some information Wiki or drop in on #valama (


Valama is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 or later and published by:

  • Linus Seelinger
  • Dominique Lasserre

For a full list of all contributors see here and take a look at AUTHORS file.


element-* icons from Anjuta IDE (GPL2 licensed)