Introduction to Xine Libraries

The Xine Libraries package contains xine libraries. These are useful for interfacing with external plug-ins that allow the flow of information from the source to the audio and video hardware.

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

Package Information

Xine Libraries Dependencies


X Window System, FFmpeg-4.0.2, and at least one of: ALSA-1.1.6, PulseAudio-12.2 or JACK



AAlib-1.4rc5, FAAD2-2.8.8, FLAC-1.3.2, gdk-pixbuf-2.36.12, GLU-9.0.0, ImageMagick-7.0.8-10, liba52-0.7.4, libmad-0.15.1b, libmng-2.0.3, libtheora-1.1.1, libva-2.2.0 (requires GLU-9.0.0), libvdpau-1.1.1, libvorbis-1.3.6, libvpx-1.7.0, Mesa-18.1.6, Samba-4.8.4, SDL-1.2.15, Speex-1.2.0, Doxygen-1.8.14 (to create the API documentation), v4l-utils-1.14.2 DirectFB, libbluray, libcaca, libdca, libFAME, libmodplug, musepack, VCDImager, and WavPack,

User Notes:

Installation of Xine Libraries

Install Xine Libraries by running the following commands:

sed -e 's|wand/magick_wand.h|MagickWand/MagickWand.h|' \
    -i src/video_dec/image.c &&

sed -e 's/\(xcb-shape >= 1.0\)/xcb \1/' \
    -i m4/video_out.m4 &&

./configure --prefix=/usr          \
            --disable-vcd          \
            --with-external-dvdnav \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.9 &&

To create the API documentation, Doxygen must be installed and issue the following command:

doxygen doc/Doxyfile

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


When installing, the Makefile does some additional linking. If you do not have Xorg in /usr, the LIBRARY_PATH variable needs to be defined for the root user. If using sudo to assume root, use the -E option to pass your current environment variables for the install process.

If you built the API documentation, issue the following commands as the root user to install it:

install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.9/api &&
install -v -m644    doc/api/* \

Command Explanations

sed ...: These commands enable the package to be built with ImageMagick-7.0.8-10 and libxcb-1.13.

--disable-vcd: This switch is required to compile Xine Lib without VCDImager installed. Remove this option if you have installed VCDImager.

--with-external-dvdnav: This switch is required, because internal libraries cannot decrypt DVD.

--docdir=/usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.9: This switch causes the documentation to be installed into a versioned directory instead of the default /usr/share/doc/xine-lib.

--disable-vaapi: use this switch if libva-2.2.0 is installed and GLU-9.0.0 is not, to prevent a build failure.


Installed Programs: xine-config and xine-list-1.2
Installed Libraries: and numerous plugin modules and video extensions under /usr/lib/xine/plugins/2.7
Installed Fonts: Output display engine fonts located in /usr/share/xine-lib/fonts
Installed Directories: /usr/include/xine, /usr/lib/xine, /usr/share/xine-lib, and /usr/share/doc/xine-lib-1.2.9

Short Descriptions


provides information to programs trying to link with the xine libraries.


is used to get supported filetype information from xine-lib.

provides the API for processing audio/video files.

Last updated on 2018-08-24 13:13:05 -0700