In order to build dvisvgm from the sources, you need to install the development files of the following libraries. They are part of nearly all Linux distributions and can be easily installed using the respective package manager.
To compute the intersection of two curved paths, dvisvgm flattens the paths to polygons, intersects them using a slightly modified version of Clipper, and reconstructs the curves afterwards. A modified version of the library is bundled with the sources.
- FontForge library
dvisvgm can be built with optional WOFF support that allows to embed the font data in WOFF or TrueType format rather than as SVG. The FontForge library provides the required functions to create font files in these formats. A reduced version of the library is bundled with the dvisvgm sources. It's also available separately at GitHub.
- FreeType library
This library is used to extract the glyph outlines from vector fonts.
dvisvgm optionally supports the evaluation of PostScript snippets embedded in DVI files. To enable this feature, you need the Ghostscript library (version 8.31 or newer).
- kpathsea library
In order to find files in the large texmf tree quickly, Karl Berry's kpathsea library is used by default. Most TeX distributions include the necessary files or provide an appropriate interface.
- potrace library
The font embedding module of dvisvgm uses Peter Selinger’s potrace library to vectorize Metafont’s bitmap output if corresponding Type 1 fonts cannot be found.
- woff2 and brotli
These Google libraries are bundled with the dvisvgm sources. They are used
to create WOFF2 from TrueType fonts.
zlib is required to create compressed
For further information see the README and INSTALL files coming with the source archive.