Instructions to build the most recent version of Tracker from the source code repository.

Check out the code from the repository with the following command:

 git clone git://
 cd tracker

Compile and install

 sudo make install

To verify that tracker is running you can use:


This should list all tracker processes running. You need to look out for tracker-store and tracker-miner-fs. Those are the most important ones. You can use tracker-control to start and stop processes as well as resetting your RDF store. For more information see man tracker-control.

After some time, the file system should be indexed (by tracker-miner-fs) and available for queries (if queries are failing see the debugging web page).


Git error checking out the code

Do you have git version 1.5 or higher?

I get Vala build errors?

Are you using the latest version of Vala? You can see what version you have using:

 valac --version

You may need to download a newer version of Vala to build Tracker.

Projects/Tracker/Documentation/Building (last edited 2014-02-26 16:52:37 by MartynRussell)