The Void repositories have a number of Python and Lua packages. If possible, install packages from the Void repositories or consider packaging the library or application you need. Packaging your application allows for easier system maintenance and can benefit other Void Linux users, so consider making a pull request for it. The contribution instructions can be found here.
To keep packages smaller, Void has separate
devel packages for header files
and development tools. If you install a library or application via a language's
package manager (e.g.
gem), or compile one from source, you may need to
install the programming language's
-devel package. This is specially relevant
musl libc users, due to pre-built binaries usually targeting
|pip, anaconda, virtualenv, etc
|pip, anaconda, virtualenv, etc
Some packages have legal restrictions on their distribution (e.g. Discord), may be too large, or have another condition that makes it difficult for Void to distribute. These packages have build templates, but the packages themselves are not built or distributed. As such, they must be built locally. For more information see the page on restricted packages.
The Void build system runs on x86_64 servers, both for compiling and cross
compiling packages. However, some packages (e.g.
libreoffice) do not support
cross-compilation. These packages have to be built locally on a computer running
the same architecture and libc as the system on which the package is to be used.
To learn how to build packages, refer to the README for the void-packages
Flatpak is another method for installing external proprietary applications on Linux. For information on using Flatpak with Void Linux, see the official Flatpak documentation.
If sound is not working for programs installed using Flatpak, PulseAudio auto-activation might not be working correctly. Make sure PulseAudio is running before launching the program.
Note that Flatpak's sandboxing will not necessarily protect you from any security and/or privacy-violating features of proprietary software.
Some apps may not function properly (e.g. not being able to access the host
system's files). Some of these issues can be fixed by installing one or more of
xdg-utils packages, and setting up
XDG Desktop Portals.
An AppImage is a file that bundles an application with everything needed to run it. An AppImage can be used by making it executable and running it; installation is not required. AppImages can be run in a sandbox, such as firejail.
Some of the applications for which an AppImage is available can be found on AppImageHub.
AppImages do not yet work on musl installations.
Some Octave packages require external dependencies to compile and run. For
example, to build the control package, you must install the
To use MATLAB's help browser, live scripts, add-on installer, and simulink,
Steam can be installed either via a native package, which requires enabling the "nonfree" repository, or via Flatpak. The list of dependencies for different platforms and troubleshooting information for the native package can be found in its Void-specific documentation, while this section deals with potential issues faced by Flatpak users.
If you are using a different drive to store your game library, the
--filesystem option from
flatpak-override(1) can prove