Compiling Czkawka from sources

This instruction is outdated and will be removed in one of next version, please look at files in each module folder for more up to date instructions.


If you only want the terminal version without a GUI, just skip all the packages with gtk in their names.

FFmpeg is not included here because it is not needed to build - it is dynamically loaded.

Support for heif images is optional and require to install libheif library.

New versions of GTK fixes some bugs, so e.g. middle button selection will work only with GTK >=4.8.

Program Min What for
Rust 1.75.0 The minimum version of rust does not depend on anything, so it can change frequently
GTK 4.6 Only for the GTK backend

Debian / Ubuntu

sudo apt install -y curl git build-essential # Needed by Rust update tool
curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh # Download the latest stable Rust
sudo apt install -y libgtk-4-dev

Fedora / CentOS / Rocky Linux

curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh # Download the latest stable Rust
sudo yum install gtk4-devel glib2-devel


You need to install Rust via Homebrew, GTK Libraries and optionally heif library(to have support for heic files, which are quite popular on Mac)

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"
brew install rustup
brew install gtk4 adwaita-icon-theme librsvg libheif webp-pixbuf-loader


Compiling Czkawka on Windows is possible, but due using GTK is very hard.

In CI we use cross compilation which simplify a lot of things, so for now there is no instruction how to compile native binaries on Windows.


docker build ./misc/docker/ --tag cargo-gtk


Czkawka can be installed with Debug or Release build.
With Debug build additional checks, e.g., variables overflow, are available, but depending on the usage it works very slow, so it should be used only for development purposes.
Compilation with --release flag will optimize binaries, so they can be used with good performance (official binaries are built with this flag)

git clone
cd czkawka
cargo run --release --bin czkawka_gui
cargo run --release --bin czkawka_cli

Compilation with Docker

docker run -t --rm --volume $PWD:/app --workdir /app cargo-gtk cargo build --release --bin czkawka_gui

Run the binary:


Additional features

Currently, the only additional dependence is heif image support.

To enable checking for heif images, just add ` –all-features or –features heif`

cargo run --features heif --bin czkawka_cli -- image  -d /home/rafal/ -f "results.txt"

Be aware, that heif support is not available on Windows, so you can’t compile it with this feature, because mingw-w64-x86_64-libheif is not available in fedora repos, which are used for cross compilation.