I can't open Sioyek , a pdf viewer

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    min: 720x400
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    direct-render: yes renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 5500 (BDW GT2) device-ID: 8086:1616
    memory: 7.44 GiB unified: yes display-ID: :0.0
  Device-1: Intel Broadwell-U Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:03.0
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  Device-2: Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel
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  IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
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Garuda (2.6.23-1):
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  Failed units:            archlinux-keyring-wkd-sync.service 

error i get when opening from the terminal

sioyek                                                                                           ✔ 
Warning: Ignoring XDG_SESSION_TYPE=wayland on Gnome. Use QT_QPA_PLATFORM=wayland to run on Wayland anyway.
default_config_path: /etc/sioyek/prefs.config
default_keys_path: /etc/sioyek/keys.config
user_config_path: [ 0 ] /etc/xdg/sioyek/prefs_user.config
user_config_path: [ 1 ] /home/houssem/.config/sioyek/prefs_user.config
user_keys_path: [ 0 ] /etc/xdg/sioyek/keys_user.config
user_keys_path: [ 1 ] /home/houssem/.config/sioyek/keys_user.config
database_file_path: /home/houssem/.local/share/sioyek/test.db
local_database_file_path: /home/houssem/.local/share/sioyek/local.db
global_database_file_path: /home/houssem/.local/share/sioyek/shared.db
tutorial_path: /usr/share/sioyek/tutorial.pdf
last_opened_file_address_path: /home/houssem/.local/share/sioyek/last_document_path.txt
shader_path: /usr/share/sioyek/shaders
Creating shared memory block...
Shared memory created: this is the primary application.
Starting IPC server...
IPC server started.
cannot create context: incompatible header (1.23.5) and library (1.23.11) versions
could not create mupdf context

It seems likely this app is not compatible with wayland. Try to launch it with,

QT_QPA_PLATFORM=wayland sioyek

if it works set QT_QPA_PLATFORM=wayland as your environment variable (easily doable in /etc/environment file)

If it fails then,

QT_QPA_PLATFORM=xcb sioyek

It will launch sioyek with xwayland and might be blurry. If this works then yes wayland is your issue. You can two options,

  1. Switch to x11. When booting up from sddm just below the password field there is a small drop box to switch between x11 and wayland.
  2. make a copy of sioyek .desktop file (present in /usr/share/applications/) and store it in ~/.local/share/applications and edit it. Go to the Exec= field and edit it to include this env. variable so that it lauches your program in xwayland mode when you click it’s launch icon.

neither options worked when running on wayland with the same errors above

Hey just found this bug mentioned on AUR,


It seems sioyek-git works right now. No hackery needed for it. Just do a,

paru -Sa sioyek-git

can you try,

sudo downgrade jbig2dec

and downgrade jbig2dec just one version the current version it’s on? The curr ver can be checked with

pacman -Qs jbig2dec

This seems to be a recurring issue for mupdf and everytime jbig2dec seems to be the culprit.

If this is not the culprit you can simply update it again,

sudo pacman -S jbig2dec

If that doesn’t work check this out,

Although what they suggest is for zathura you can apply it to sioyek as well. Just use paru to pull the AUR package like this,

paru -Sa sioyek

i’m having errors while installing from aur

paru -S --skipreview sioyek-git                                                     ✘ 1 │  4m 57s 
:: Resolving dependencies...
:: Calculating conflicts...
:: Calculating inner conflicts...

:: Conflicts found:
    sioyek-git: sioyek  

:: Conflicting packages will have to be confirmed manually

Aur (1) sioyek-git-2.0.0.r830.g35f0d63-1

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n]: 

:: Downloading PKGBUILDs...
 PKGBUILDs up to date
fetching devel info...
==> Making package: sioyek-git 2.0.0.r830.g35f0d63-1 (Wed 28 Feb 2024 08:46:56 PM CET)
==> Retrieving sources...
  -> Cloning sioyek git repo...
Cloning into bare repository '/home/houssem/.cache/paru/clone/sioyek-git/sioyek'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 12002, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (3964/3964), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (603/603), done.
error: RPC failed; curl 92 HTTP/2 stream 5 was not closed cleanly: CANCEL (err 8)
error: 6447 bytes of body are still expected
fetch-pack: unexpected disconnect while reading sideband packet
fatal: early EOF
fatal: fetch-pack: invalid index-pack output
==> ERROR: Failure while downloading sioyek git repo
error: failed to download sources for 'sioyek-git-2.0.0.r830.g35f0d63-1': 
error: packages failed to build: sioyek-git-2.0.0.r830.g35f0d63-1

Hmm :thinking: how about git cloning the AUR repo and running makepkg -si in it?

Just ran the same paru command you ran and it seems to work perfectly no problem? Maybe you just have bad net.

Yeah sioyek-git seems to work for me as well.

I’m using zathura, simple app, good for viewing and printing on hyprland.

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