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Documentation of the Gtk+ Version (Legacy)

This is the desktop application that contains 140 activities. It is under maintenance but no new development are added to it.


Source code

We use git for our development. The git repository is hosted by Gnome but we also have a GitHub mirror.

To get the GCompris master branch (warning this takes more than 500MB) :

git clone git://
cd gcompris
sh && make

Alternatively, if you are only interested in the recent history, and would want to send in fixes as patches, you can use the option: git clone --depth=1 git:// It will save you more than 100MB.


GCompris has a lot of dependencies. On a Debian based distribution that already packages GCompris, you can install all the required dependencies with the command 'apt-get build-dep gcompris'.


Download the archive gcompris-X.X.tar.gz or get it from git then:

  • tar -xvf gcompris-X.X.tar.gz
  • cd gcompris-X.X
  • sh configure

Analyse, the errors, install the missing dependancies. Often you will have to install the -devel packages on your distribution. On Ubuntu or Debian, you can get all the build dependancies with the command ’apt-get build-dep gcompris’.

Then run:

  • make
  • make install


We do our best to let GCompris run on as many software and hardware platform as we can. In this section, we list the supported platform and specific installation instructions.



GCompris is a large software which has numerous dependencies. We ask packagers to be very careful and follow this minimal and manual test process.


The Drawing board

These are pages to hold the different discussion for things we are working on: