Follow the guidelines below for building Electron itself on Linux, for the purposes of creating custom Electron binaries. For bundling and distributing your app code with the prebuilt Electron binaries, see the application distribution guide.
At least 25GB disk space and 8GB RAM.
Python 2.7.x. Some distributions like CentOS 6.x still use Python 2.6.x so you may need to check your Python version with
Please also ensure that your system and Python version support at least TLS 1.2. For a quick test, run the following script:
$ npx @electron/check-python-tls
If the script returns that your configuration is using an outdated security protocol, use your system's package manager to update Python to the latest version in the 2.7.x branch. Alternatively, visit https://www.python.org/downloads/ for detailed instructions.
Node.js. There are various ways to install Node. You can download source code from nodejs.org and compile it. Doing so permits installing Node on your own home directory as a standard user. Or try repositories such as NodeSource.
clang 3.4 or later.
Development headers of GTK 3 and libnotify.
On Ubuntu, install the following libraries:
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential clang libdbus-1-dev libgtk-3-dev \ libnotify-dev libgnome-keyring-dev \ libasound2-dev libcap-dev libcups2-dev libxtst-dev \ libxss1 libnss3-dev gcc-multilib g++-multilib curl \ gperf bison python-dbusmock openjdk-8-jre
On RHEL / CentOS, install the following libraries:
$ sudo yum install clang dbus-devel gtk3-devel libnotify-devel \ libgnome-keyring-devel xorg-x11-server-utils libcap-devel \ cups-devel libXtst-devel alsa-lib-devel libXrandr-devel \ nss-devel python-dbusmock openjdk-8-jre
On Fedora, install the following libraries:
$ sudo dnf install clang dbus-devel gtk3-devel libnotify-devel \ libgnome-keyring-devel xorg-x11-server-utils libcap-devel \ cups-devel libXtst-devel alsa-lib-devel libXrandr-devel \ nss-devel python-dbusmock openjdk-8-jre
On Arch Linux / Manjaro, install the following libraries:
$ sudo pacman -Syu base-devel clang libdbus gtk2 libnotify \ libgnome-keyring alsa-lib libcap libcups libxtst \ libxss nss gcc-multilib curl gperf bison \ python2 python-dbusmock jdk8-openjdk
Other distributions may offer similar packages for installation via package managers such as pacman. Or one can compile from source code.
If you want to build for an
arm target you should also install the following
$ sudo apt-get install libc6-dev-armhf-cross linux-libc-dev-armhf-cross \ g++-arm-linux-gnueabihf
arm64, install the following:
$ sudo apt-get install libc6-dev-arm64-cross linux-libc-dev-arm64-cross \ g++-aarch64-linux-gnu
And to cross-compile for
ia32 targets, you should pass the
target_cpu parameter to
$ gn gen out/Testing --args='import(...) target_cpu="arm"'
clang will try to link to
libtinfo.so.5. Depending on the host
architecture, symlink to appropriate
$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/libncurses.so.5 /usr/lib/libtinfo.so.5
The default building configuration is targeted for major desktop Linux distributions. To build for a specific distribution or device, the following information may help you.
By default Electron is built with prebuilt
clang binaries provided by the
Chromium project. If for some reason you want to build with the
installed in your system, you can specify the
clang_base_path argument in the
For example if you installed
$ gn gen out/Testing --args='import("//electron/build/args/testing.gn") clang_base_path = "/usr/local/bin"'
Building Electron with compilers other than
clang is not supported.