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A simple and modern GTK eBook viewer, built with GJS and Epub.js.


Website: https://johnfactotum.github.io/foliate/

FAQ: https://github.com/johnfactotum/foliate/wiki

Download on Flathub Get it from the Snap Store


  • Supported formats:
    • EPUB (.epub, .epub3)
    • Kindle (.azw, .azw3) and Mobipocket (.mobi)
    • FictionBook (.fb2, .fb2.zip)
    • Comic book archive (.cbr, .cbz, .cbt, .cb7)
    • Plain text (.txt)
  • Single-column, two-column, or continuous scrolling layouts
  • Adjust font, line-spacing, and margins
  • Customize colors and brightness
  • Reading progress slider with chapter marks
  • Bookmarks and annotations
  • Find in book
  • Open footnotes in popovers
  • Touchpad gestures—use two-finger swipe to turn the page
  • Quick dictionary lookup with Wiktionary, Wikipedia, dictd, and sdcv, or translate text with Google Translate
  • Basic text-to-speech support with eSpeak NG and Festival


Distribution packages

Distro Package Name/Link Maintainer
Arch Linux foliate Jerome Leclanche
Fedora foliate Artem Polishchuk
Manjaro foliate
Ubuntu (Snap) foliate Merlijn Sebrechts and John Factotum
Ubuntu (PPA) foliate
Stable Releases
Daily Buillds
Archisman Panigrahi
Void Linux foliate Lorem

Debian packages can be downloaded from the releases page.

Packaging status

Optional dependencies

iso-codes (>= 3.67) is needed for displaying language and region names.

For Mobipocket (.mobi) and Kindle File Format (.azw, .azw3) support, you would need Python (2.7 or >= 3.4).

Auto-hyphenation is done using CSS hyphenation. To enable CSS hyphenation in WebKitGTK, you will need to install the hyphenation rules, e.g., hyphen-en for English, hyphen-fr for French, etc.

For offline dictionary support, install dictd or sdcv.

For text-to-speech support, install espeak-ng, or festival, and packages for the individual voices.

To enable spellchecking for notes, gspell (gir1.2-gspell-1 for Debian based distributions) is required.

libhandy (gir1.2-handy-0.0) is recommended to make the interface work better on larger as well as smaller screens.

If tracker3 (gir1.2-tracker-3.0) is installed, it can be used to track the locations of files.

Building manually from source

The following dependencies are required for building:

  • meson (>= 0.40)
  • gettext

The following are runtime requirements:

  • gjs (>= 1.52)
  • webkit2gtk (gir1.2-webkit2-4.0 for Debian based distributions)

To install, run the following commands:

meson build --prefix=/usr
ninja -C build
sudo ninja -C build install

To uninstall, run

sudo ninja -C build uninstall

Build and run from source without installing

The following commands will build Foliate and install it inside a directory:

meson build --prefix=$PWD/run
ninja -C build
ninja -C build install

To run the application, you'll need to set the schema directory for GSettings:

GSETTINGS_SCHEMA_DIR=$PWD/run/share/glib-2.0/schemas ./run/bin/com.github.johnfactotum.Foliate

Building a Debian/Ubuntu Package

sudo apt install build-essential debhelper meson gettext
dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc -nc



Foliate is available on Flathub.

Building Flatpaks manually

Using Gnome Builder

Open Gnome Builder, choose "Clone Repository…", and follow the instructions. After cloning the project, hit Ctrl+F5 to build and run Foliate.

Using flatpak-builder
flatpak-builder --force-clean --install --user build com.github.johnfactotum.Foliate.json


Foliate is available on the Snap Store.

Daily builds

You can test out the latest code in this repository using the edge channel of the snap. Run snap install --edge foliate to install the latest build from master. (snap refresh --edge foliate if you already have the snap installed)

Building the snap manually

You can build the snap manually using snapcraft. Install snapcraft and run snapcraft in the root of this repository.


Primary menu:









Skeuomorphic mode:


Dark mode:


Book metadata display:


Alternative sidebar UI:


Note: The following JavaScript libraries are bundled in this software:

This software also includes parts from KindleUnpack, which is licensed under GPL-3.0.