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If you are installing Artha using prebuilt binaries (.deb), please visit the Download page for installation instructions. If you are building Artha from source then this page is for you.



Artha directly depends on the following libraries. Please note that you will need to have the development headers (.h and .a/.so) of these libraries along with the actual library files.

Library Min. Version Common Package Name
wordnet 3.0 wordnet-dev
glib 2.28 libglib2.0-dev
gtk+ 2.24 libgtk2.0-dev
dbus-glib 0.70 libdbus-glib-1-dev

You will need the following tools to build:

If you have installed GTK+, GLib and dbus-glib properly, pkg-config should be able to give the CFLAGS and LIBS params of the libraries on the following command:

   $ pkg-config --cflags --libs gtk+-2.0 glib-2.0 dbus-glib-1

Optional Libraries


For Notifications feature to be available, you need libnotify's (>= 0.4.1) binary ( or higher) available on your system. The development headers of libnotify is not required, just the runtime of libnotify alone is enough.

NOTE: Even though libnotify (necessary condition) is enough for Artha to expose the Notifications feature, the sufficient condition to actually see the notifications appear on-screen is to have the notification daemon installed. It is this daemon which actually will put up the notifications requested by Artha.


For Artha to show suggestions when a misspelled word is queried, libenchat binaries (run time files) are required. While building Artha, libenchant's development headers are not required. Artha looks for libenchat's availability only at run-time. Also a valid spell checker like GNU Aspell and an English dictionary that works with that spell checker, is required to be installed for libenchant to work. The locale of the English dictionary is not an problem; any English dictionary that could work with the installed spell checker is sufficient.

Regex Search

For regular expressions based search to work, the sense index file index.sense of WordNet should be available on your system, in the same directory as your other WordNet dict files.

Configuring and Building

Once you have the tar ball from Download. Extract it. This will create a directory artha-1.0.3.

   $ tar xzvf artha-1.0.3.tar.bz2
   $ cd artha-1.0.3

Now you can configure. Use the prefix parameter to install it in /usr and by default configure configures it to /usr/local, which is not the actual path for installations.

   $ ./configure --prefix=/usr

If you have all the aforementioned dependencies right, configure will end with no errors. Should it encounter errors, follow the on-screen instructions it says to fix them.

To build give

   $ make


You need to install Artha to run it, successful building is necessary but not sufficient. To install artha you need root privileges.

   # make install (as root)

Once the installation is complete, you can run Artha

   $ artha

Or give man for Artha's manual

   $ man artha

A shortcut will also get created in the Applications->Accessories menu.


To uninstall Artha give a make uninstall (as root) in a Terminal window.

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