Epiphany 2.19.6 released; WebKit back-end

10:44 pm Announcements, New features

The most important change in this release is obviously that an experimental
WebKit back-end was added by Xan Lopez during the GNOME conference.
Xan, after the porting madness
Read all about it here. Fer also blogged about it and it was even mentioned in an article on Ars Technica. Imran posted additional build instructions.

The Epiphany team was represented on GUADEC by Xan, Diego, Wouter, and Reinout. Don’t forget to check out Diego’s photo album!

Empathic Epiphany
Another notable GUADEC event: Senko caught the Epiphany virus and wrote an extension that makes sending links to Empathy contacts from Epiphany dead easy. It’s not yet (?) in Epiphany extensions…

Epiphany 2.19.6

Regular development has to continue as well, so we’re happy that Cosimo Cecchi has contributed a lot of small but not less important gnome-love bugfixes!


  • Add support for the WebKit engine, compile with –with-engine=webkit to activate
  • #162489: Added a checkbox for smooth scrolling.
  • String changes based on user feedback:

– “Local sites” -> “Nearby sites” (because it is a better description)

– Drop the “Quick” prefix from Topic/Bookmark items in toolbar editor, because it has no function besides confusing users.

  • We now use g_get_user_special_dir to get the Desktop and Downloads directory location
  • Use the new gtk functions to persist and load the print settings and page setup. Migrate our old settings, if present.
  • All tooltips are now creatd using the new GTK tooltips API.

Bug fixes:

  • #459552: Improve the restricted ports message
  • #448610: Make the status icon clickable so it shows/hides the download window, works across workspaces
  • #318947: Update tab title when the statusbar text is updated, so we don’t have out of sync messages (like “Loading “)
  • Misc: #461689, #433173, #313636, #410223, #385872, #452707, #347637, #450904

Contributors to this release:
Diego Escalante Urrelo, René Stadler, Xan Lopez, Carlos Garcia Campos,
Reinout van Schouwen, Cosimo Cecchi, Kraai, Wouter Bolsterlee,
Christian Persch, Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy, Luca Ferretti

Priit Laes, Reinout van Schouwen, Inaki Larranaga Murgoitio, Jorge Gonzalez,
Daniel Nylander, Theppitak Karoonboonyanan, Gabor Kelemen, Wouter Bolsterlee,
Ilkka Tuohela, Takeshi AIHANA, Žygimantas Beručka, I. Felix

3 Responses

  1. Edu Says:

    I don`t undertand why spanish people have their names worng writed (as my poor english 😉

  2. robertix Says:

    i want the mhtml support
    with epiphany

    save and copy

    opera browser do it

  3. Senko Says:

    The first version of Emphatic Epiphany was a real hack and was using obsolete python bindings, etc, so it was more like a show of what could be done than a useful thing.

    I’ve just updated it to use proper (and new bindings), and though I still need some cleaning up to do (and figuring how to better interact with epiphany internals), I’d be happy to submit/propose it for inclusion in epiphany-extensions, I hope people would find it useful.

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