[webkit-qt] QtWebKit 2.3.0 released

Allan Sandfeld Jensen kde at carewolf.com
Fri Mar 15 08:03:19 PDT 2013

Good news everybody!

QtWebKit 2.3.0 was tagged in gitorious yesterday and can be found at 
https://gitorious.org/webkit/qtwebkit-23/trees/qtwebkit-2.3.0 with the tarball 
at https://gitorious.org/webkit/qtwebkit-23/archive-tarball/qtwebkit-2.3.0

For those of you that don't know: QtWebKit 2.3 is a port of QtWebKit from Qt 5 
to Qt 4.8. It has most of the web-facing features, stability fixes and 
performance improvements that QtWebKit in Qt 5 has, but has skipped anything 
Qt 5 specific such as QQuickWebView, but has almost all improvements on the 
WebKit1 side (QWebView). QtWebKit 2.3 also maintains API and ABI compatibility 
with QtWebKit 2.2 from Qt 4.8, and is thereby an easy drop-in replacement. The 
released version 2.3.0 has roughly the same WebKit version and patches as Qt 

Note that QtWebKit 2.3 is not an official Qt release, nor will be. We 
recommend users to upgrade to Qt 5, but for those stuck with Qt 4.8 for one 
reason or another, I would personally recommend trying out QtWebKit 2.3. I 
have also had great feedback from the developers of the Rekonq, and Qupzilla 
browsers, that also recommend users to try out 2.3, several distributions are 
either packaging or planning to package it, the first being Arch Linux who has 
been packaging QtWebKit 2.3 since the betas.

Note that the sources are only buildable using the build-webkit tool, and 
requires the QTDIR environment set even if only to /usr. The basic build-
command is "Tools/Scripts/build-webkit --qt --release --no-webkit2". If you 
are packaging to x86, you might also want to add --no-force-sse2 since the 
library would otherwise default to using SSE2 math. Additionally you can use 
--qmakearg="CONFIG+=production_build" to link with less memory. Finally I have 
added an option to include WebP support by adding DEFINES+=HAVE_LIBWEBP=1 to 
the qmakearg. After building the you need to go to WebKitBuild/Release and run 
make install.

If you have any questions, ask here on this mailing-list or catch me on 
FreeNode IRC #qtwebkit.

Best regards
`Allan Sandfeld Jensen (carewolf)

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