QupZilla The lightweight browser QupZilla is fairly outdated on Ubuntu Mate.

I wonder how I can update/compile QupZilla from source?

Upstream, there is no ARM package available for download.

  • Instead of compiling a significant number of custom packages, I ended up using qutebrowser to my great delight. If one is somewhat accustomed to the vim text editor, this is the most superb web browser around! Nov 6, 2016 at 10:46

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To build it from source, follow these steps (as root):

Download source of the latest version. (For now it is v2.0.1)

# wget https://github.com/QupZilla/qupzilla/archive/v2.0.1.tar.gz

Extract the zipped archive and enter into the source directory.

# tar xvf v2.0.1.tar.gz
# cd qupzilla-2.0.1

Read BUILD.md for important points. For example, it says that Qt 5 (>= 5.6) is required.

# more BUILD.md

Amendment #1 - Start

The highest version in Ubuntu Mate repo is Qt 5.5.1 as the question owner says below.

Build Qt 5 having version equal or higher than Qt 5.6 as described at Qt for Linux/X11 - Build from Source. Be sure that you have enough space to compile Qt from source. Here is the link to source of Qt 5.7.

Amendment #1 - End

Set installation path QUPZILLA_PREFIX to whatever you want. The default prefix is /usr. Detailed explanations about this configuration and about many others can be found in BUILD.md.

# export QUPZILLA_PREFIX=/opt/qupzilla-2.0.1

Compile and install. Some dependencies may be missing on the system. They can be easily installed with apt-get.

# qmake
# make
# make install

After successful make and install, the browser binary can be found under /opt/qupzilla-2.0.1/bin.

  • Close, but no cigar! Project ERROR: QupZilla requires at least Qt 5.6! and Ubuntu Mate is still on 5.5.1. Oct 23, 2016 at 10:35
  • @SergeStroobandt, you can check the updated answer. By the way, it is written in your profile that your home is GNU/Linux-only. So, I have expected you to know something about compilation.
    – vaha
    Oct 26, 2016 at 19:50
  • I tend to keep my machines as vanilla as possible for easy maintenance… In the mean time, I tested out Qupzilla 2.0.1 on Manjaro ARM, only to notice that it has become very resource hungry. Oct 27, 2016 at 7:46

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