ATK 2.15.1

The main accessibility toolkit and library software for the GNOME desktop environment
ATK (Accessibility Toolkit) is an open source and free comand-line software that has been designed from the ground up to act as an accessibility library for the GNOME desktop environment.

Included compoenents

It comprises of a collection of accessibility interfaces that are implemented by various other applications and toolkits. You can use the ATK interfaces to allow accessibility tools to have full control over running apps.

The AtkNoOpObjectFactory, AtkObjectFactory, AtkRegistry and Versioning macros utilities are includes, as well as the AtkGObjectAccessible, AtkHyperlink, AtkNoOpObject, AtkPlug and AtkSocket custom accessible objects.

Additionally, it includes the AtkObject base accessibility object, AtkUtil for toolkit and event support, AtkRange, AtkRelation, AtkRelationSet, AtkState and AtkStateSet basic accessible data types, and a wide range of ATK Interfaces.

Getting started with ATK

To configure ATK, run the ./configure script, then 'make' and 'make install'. If you are installing into a location where you don't have write permissions, you'll have to become root before running 'make install'.

General information about building ATK and related libraries can be found at To compile a CVS version of atk on your system, you will need to take several steps to setup the tree for compilation.

You can do all these steps at once by running the “cvsroot/atk# ./” command, without quotes. Basically this does the following for you ‘cvsroot/atk# aclocal; automake; autoconf’. The aforementioned commands create the ‘configure’ script, which can be run in cvsroot/atk to create all the Makefiles.

Before running or configure, make sure you have libtool in your path. Note that runs configure for you. If you wish to pass options like --prefix=/usr to configure you can give those options to and they will be passed on to configure.

Reviewed by , last updated on October 28th, 2014

developed by:
ATK Team
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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What's New in This Release:
  • Bug 407539: Add ATK_STATE_HAS_TOOLTIP
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  • Updated README file
  • Bug 737602: Update documentation to reflect an additional use case for STATE_INDETERMINATE
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ATK is an open source and freely distributed software project that has been engineered to act as an accessibility tool...

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