Building Midori on Ubuntu 8.04

Here are the steps I took to install Midori on my Ubuntu 8.04 workstation.

1. Install WebKit

The first thing you need to do is install webkit:

Here are the dependencies for webkit:

sudo apt-get install libicu-dev libxslt1-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev \
libsqlite3-dev libjpeg62-dev libpng12-dev gperf bison flex \
libgtksourceview2.0-dev git-core build-essential \
libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev \
libgnome-vfsmm-2.6-dev automake1.9 librsvg2-dev librsvg2-bin

Now get the latest webkit source code:

git clone git:// WebKit

(this takes a while so you may want to look into other options here.)

Now we build WebKit:

cd WebKit
./ --prefix=/usr --enable-video

The make step takes a while, but after it finishes, try launching the test app, and assuming it launches successfully, go ahead and install everything:

sudo make install

And there you go, WebKit is now installed!

2. Build and Install Midori

Our next set of tasks is to install Midori.

First grab the latest packages:

cd ~/src
git clone git://

Now let’s compile:

cd midori
./waf configure
./waf build
sudo ./waf install

Midori should now appear under Applications > Internet

Launch it and away you go:

The Midori Browser passes the Acid3 Test

The Midori Browser passes the Acid3 Test

One thing I should point out is that you should not expect Midori to be a full browser. It isn’t. At least, it is not a full browser yet. Some things are missing and/or not fully implemented. One of these is Bookmarks. They work after a fashion, but the bookmark code is incomplete and partially broken. This is a very early version (as of this writing) and things will improve, but it will take a while. Midori, for now, is just alpha quality — good for demos, but not much else. You cannot use it as your primary browser, yet.