JPEG-XL Support

As libjxl is available currently in the 23.10 builds, could libjxl-gdk-pixbuf and libjxl-gimp-plugin be made available as well? As the format gains traction it would be great to have full desktop support ready.

I am currently running 22.04 with 0.8.2 of these libraries from upstream at and it’s been working great.

gimp in 23.10 seems to depend on libjxl already.

As for libjxl-gdk-pixbuf, it looks like the jpeg-xl source package builds it by default but we’re failing to put it in a binary package? Please report a bug for that.

The gdk-pixbuf plugin is a new feature for libjxl 0.8 but we only have 0.7 in Ubuntu. The new version has several failing build tests that need to be handled before we can get it into Ubuntu.

Unfortunately, it’s too late for this to happen for Ubuntu 23.10 but it’s on our todo list for Ubuntu 24.04 LTS.

By the way, the GNOME designers considered making their default GNOME 45 wallpaper use JPEG XL but had to delay that proposal to a future GNOME release because of issues with the 0.8 version.


It’s in 0.7 too:

$ ls src/jpeg-xl-0.7.0/plugins/gdk-pixbuf/
CMakeLists.txt   loaders_test.cache
jxl.thumbnailer  pixbufloader-jxl.c
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Thank you for the correction. We can’t enable the gdk-pixbuf plugin in 0.7 because it requires skcms to build but skcms has not been packaged as a .deb in Ubuntu. That build dependency is no longer required in 0.8.