Just the gnome client (advanced)


  • Ring daemon
  • libRingClient
  • GTK+3 (3.10 or higher)
  • Qt5 Core
  • X11
  • gnome-icon-theme-symbolic (certain icons are used which other themes might be missing)
  • libnotify (optional, if you wish to receive desktop notifications of incoming calls, etc)
  • gettext (optional to compile translations)

On Debian/Ubuntu these can be installed with:

sudo apt-get install g++ cmake libgtk-3-dev qtbase5-dev libclutter-gtk-1.0-dev gnome-icon-theme-symbolic libebook1.2-dev libnotify-dev gettext

On Fedora:

sudo yum install gcc-c++ cmake gtk3-devel qt5-qtbase-devel clutter-gtk-devel gnome-icon-theme-symbolic libnotify-devel gettext


Run the following from the project root directory:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..

The following options are often useful to append to the cmake line:

-DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<install location>
-DLibRingClient_DIR=<path the the installed cmake module of LibRingClient>
-DLibRingClient_PROJECT_DIR=<path to the project folder of LibRingClient>

You can then simply run ./gnome-ring from the build directory


If you’re building the client for use (rather than testing of packaging), it is recommended that you install it on your system, eg: in ‘/usr’, ‘/usr/local’, or ‘/opt’, depending on your distro’s preference to get full functionality such as desktop integration. In this case you should perform a ‘make install’ after building the client.

Building without installing Ring daemon and libRingClient

It is possible to build ring-client-gnome without installing the daemon and libRingClient on your system (eg: in /usr or /usr/local):

  1. build the daemon
  2. when building libRingClient, specify the location of the daemon lib in the cmake options with -DRING_BUILD_DIR=, eg: -DRING_BUILD_DIR=/home/user/ring/daemon/src
  3. to get the proper headers, we still need to make install libRingClient, but we don’t have to install it in /usr, so just specify another location for the install prefix in the cmake options, eg: -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/home/user/ringinstall
  4. compile libRingClient and do ‘make install’, everything will be installed in the dir specified by the prefix
  1. point the client to the libRingClient cmake module during configuration: -DLibRingClient_DIR=/home/user/ringinstall/lib/cmake/LibRingClient


For now, the build type of the client is “Debug” by default, however it is useful to also have the debug symbols of libRingClient. To do this, specify this when compiling libRingClient with -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug in the cmake options.