Getting the Code

Getting WebKit

To download a pre-built bundle containing the latest WebKit, visit WebKit Build Archives.

Browsing the Code

To browse the source code online, visit WebKit Trac.

Checking Out with Subversion

To work with the WebKit source tree, you will need a Subversion or a Git client installed. See Installing Developer Tools for information on how to install Subversion.

OS X or Linux

  1. Open a shell.
    On OS X, you can use the Terminal App, which resides in /Applications/Utilities.
  2. You can download a snapshot of the WebKit source tree. It is updated once per day.

Type these commands to check out the WebKit source tree:

tar jxvf WebKit-SVN-source.tar.bz2
cd webkit

Note the archived checkout uses an HTTP connection. We recommend running the following command to use HTTPS instead:

svn switch --relocate

Alternatively, type this command to check out the WebKit source tree:

svn checkout WebKit
  1. Run the update-webkit script to update your source tree.


See the WebKit on Windows page.

Checking Out with Git

To work with the WebKit source tree using a Git client, install a Git client with Subversion support and run the following command on your terminal:

git clone git:// WebKit

If you want to be able to commit changes to the Subversion repository, or just want to check out branches that aren’t contained in WebKit.git, you will need track the Subversion repository. You can run the following command to configure this and other options of the new Git clone for WebKit development.

Tools/Scripts/webkit-patch setup-git-clone

For information about this, and other aspects of using Git with WebKit, read the wiki page.

Keeping up to Date

At any time, you can rerun the update-webkit script to update your source tree.