After some efforts related on the epiphany-accessibility page, a quite usable version came out, 0.7.

Debian side

Debian users may want to do the following, which will clone the master branch, which contains the hotkeys extension, on top of the current epiphany-extensions package at the time this project was started (2.18.1-2), build the package (with an unmodified version number, which one might want to change), and install the newly created package (it is assumed one has basic knowledge of how debian package building works).

Initial git-clone, and compilation

git-clone git://
cd epiphany-extensions
DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=nostrip debuild -us -uc -b -nc # Some Build-Depends may
                                                 # need to be installed.
sudo debi                  # Installs the generated binary package
pkill epiphany && epiphany # Then Tools>Extensions, and activate Hotkeys

Further updates

DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=nostrip debuild -us -uc -b -nc
sudo debi
pkill epiphany && epiphany


  • restart epiphany
  • enable the extension
  • read the documentation (Help > Extensions)
  • adjust the custom stylesheet
  • hit h, enjoy
  • report bugs!

Upstream side

So as to ease the merge into upstream, I had a look at using git-svn but unfortunately, it is not meant to be then cloned (so as to have a repository available online for anyone, cloned from the development boxen), at least without cheating.

That's why the following has been chosen: master keeps on having the initial tree and the initial commits. upstream is an equivalent of an SVN working copy. upstream-hotkeys contains the upstream branch augmented with the hotkeys extension.

At the time of this writing, bugfixes and new feature additions will probably happen in master and then get pulled in the upstream-hotkeys branch.

Next step: get epiphany 2.19 built and test the upstream-hotkeys branch by building against it.

A patch against current upstream SVN (r1569) is available, it is sufficient to do the following to enable the hotkeys:

svn co svn:// hotkeys-test
cd hotkeys-test
patch -p1 < ../upstream-hotkeys-icons.diff
./ --with-extensions=default,hotkeys
sudo make install