Introduction to Gucharmap

Gucharmap is a Unicode character map and font viewer. It allows you to browse through all the available Unicode characters and categories for the installed fonts, and to examine their detailed properties. It is an easy way to find the character you might only know by its Unicode name or code point.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

Gucharmap Dependencies


desktop-file-utils-0.23, GTK+-3.22.30, itstool-2.0.4, UnZip-6.0, and Wget-1.19.5 (used to download data from



appstream-glib and GTK-Doc-1.28

User Notes:

Installation of Gucharmap

Install Gucharmap by running the following commands:

LIBS="-ldl"               \
./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --enable-vala \
            --with-unicode-data=download &&

This package's testsuite is only intended to be used by the maintainer to check the i18n help files.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

LIBS="-ldl" ...: Allows linking some system libraries. This is currently broken in version 10.0.4.

--with-unicode-data=download: This switch forces the build process to download the Unicode data instead of trying to look for it locally.

--enable-vala: This switch enables building of the Vala bindings (auto-detection of vapigen is currently broken). Remove if you don't have Vala-0.40.8 installed.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Program: charmap, gnome-character-map (both symlinks), and gucharmap
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gucharmap-2.90 and /usr/share/help/*/gucharmap

Short Descriptions


is a Unicode character map and font viewer.

contains the Gucharmap API functions.

Last updated on 2018-08-24 09:22:14 -0700