[webkit-qt] New QtWebKit progress

Konstantin Tokarev annulen at yandex.ru
Fri Feb 12 07:32:15 PST 2016

Hi all,

I'm pleased to announce that qtwebkit-1 branch in repository [1] now contains everything needed for successful linking of libQt5WebKit.so on Linux using gcc 4.8.4 or clang 3.7. Branch is based on today's trunk and uses B3 compiler as a default FTL backend.

Note that QtTestBrowser is not yet here so there is nothing to run yet. Stay tuned!

Windows support is coming soon. It would be great if someone tried to compile the code on OS X (10.10 or 10.11 is required) and report encountered issues.

Also I'd like to inform you that trunk (and therefore qtwebkit-1 branch) now contains mostly working support for MIPS architecture in JSC engine (up to DFG JIT).

[1] https://github.com/annulen/webkit


Now about sad things. There are some features that I had to disable during this work. They don't have high priority for me, so if anything of these items is important for you, please join our project!

* QWebHistory, QWebHistoryItem, and QWebHistoryInterface. WebKit APis has changed in this field, so it would require some investigation to restore these QtWebKit APIs.

I can assure you that I'm not going make any "official" releases without some kind of working history API, but if you want to speed up this process your help would be welcome.

* Private browsing API was significantly changed, so it is disabled for now.

Please help if you want this feature to be implemented sooner.

* Plugins (both Qt-style and NPAPI) in WebKit 1 (widgets API). Upstream removed support for plugins in single-process mode for non-Windows platforms. On the plus side, plugin integration classes were refactored so it should be possible to re-add these things without intervention to WebCore.

If nobody is going to help in this field, QtWebKit will likely be released without plugin support. Note that Qt Bridge is not affected at all.


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