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keybinder is a library for registering global keyboard shortcuts. Keybinder works with GTK-based applications using the X Window System.

The library contains keybinder-3.0

  • A C library, libkeybinder
  • Gobject-Introspection (gir) generated bindings

Compile and Installation Notes

The package keybinder compiles against GTK+ 2 while the package keybinder-3.0 compiles against GTK+ 3. The two packages can be installed in parallel.

NOTE: the old “keybinder” is in the branch keybinder-legacy on github. keybinder-3.0 is the active development.

Both packages support generating gobject-introspection (gir) bindings, even if these bindings are more relevant for the future, hence the GTK+ 3 package. For keybinder-3.0, the gir bindings are strongly

recommended over any other language bindings.

If you want to compile with reduced library linking, configure using:

CC="cc -Wl,--as-needed" ./configure

Build Requirements

  • GTK+ 3.0 (keybinder-3.0)
  • gobject-introspection
  • gtk-doc 1.14


This library originates in Tomboy and has been widely reused without having a separate release. This package has taken the python bindings from the Deskbar Applet project, and broken it out to a standalone project. The library was subsequently rewritten in major parts.


``keybinder`` is a library for registering global key bindings, for gtk-based applications in X11. With gir bindings.




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