8.49. Libelf from Elfutils-0.187

Libelf is a library for handling ELF (Executable and Linkable Format) files.

Approximate build time: 0.9 SBU
Required disk space: 117 MB

8.49.1. Installation of Libelf

Libelf is part of elfutils-0.187 package. Use the elfutils-0.187.tar.bz2 as the source tarball.

Prepare Libelf for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr                \
            --disable-debuginfod         \

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue:

make check

One test named run-low_high_pc.sh is known to fail on 32-bit x86 system.

Install only Libelf:

make -C libelf install
install -vm644 config/libelf.pc /usr/lib/pkgconfig
rm /usr/lib/libelf.a

8.49.2. Contents of Libelf

Installed Library: libelf.so (symlink) and libelf-0.187.so
Installed Directory: /usr/include/elfutils

Short Descriptions


Contains API functions to handle ELF object files