What is MeMaker?

MeMaker is a nifty little program for Linux that makes creating avatars for all your online and computer needs, simple and straight forward. It creates avatars for everything from your MySpace account to your login picture. It can even be saved as SVG's - highly detailed graphics that can be resized infinitely, easily changed and then used in just about any situation that you need an avatar.

What is an avatar?

Avatars according to the English Wikipedia:

"An avatar is a computer user's representation of himself or herself, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on Internet forums and other communities, or a text construct found on early systems such as MUDs. It is an "object" representing the embodiment of the user. The term "avatar" can also refer to the personality connected with the screen name, or handle, of an Internet user."


Avatars are used in many places, from your personal login picture (when you sign into your computer), almost every instant messaging system, and most forums and social networking sites.

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How do I get started?

There are two ways to get starting making avatars with MeMaker - the online and offline way. Both have advantages.

The online one is useful as you have all the themes we provide, ready to use inside our nifty interface. The disadvantage of this is you have to manually move and then place the picture in the place you like.

This is where the original (offline) MeMaker comes in handy. Users of a computer can all picture avatars quickly with memaker. You can even have some formats automatically set your picture, like your login picture in Gnome Display Manager. Plans are even in the works to have your avatars all updated at once, including your online forums and chat programs like Pidgin.


Ubuntu Users

If you are an Ubuntu user you can simply install it with Synaptic or just click here, to get the latest for Ubuntu 8.04 and Ubuntu 8.10.

Fedora Core

Fedora Core Users

Currently we don't have any packages for Fedora/Redhat, but we are looking for someone to make one for us. Please talk to encompass and he can help you get started.

Source Code

From source:

If you would to get the source code, you can download it here (build instructions are provided inside).


Windows Users

Currently we don't have any support for a Windows version of MeMaker, but you are free to take our code and use it, as long as you don't break any license agreements.

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Getting Help


If you need help pretty quickly, you can join us on our IRC channel - #memaker on Freenode.net. However bear in mind, developers aren't on there 24/7 (you might even hear them complain that they have lives...)

Mailing List

Mailing lists are a great way for everyone to collaborate and answer questions together. You can subscribe to our General or Art list. Don't worry, they aren't too active, we are just here to help. :D


If all else fails, or you just want something more official looking to put your query into, you can ask a question or file a bug at MeMaker's project page, hosted on Launchpad (remember to look through past content beforehand though, as you might be reporting/questioning something twice!).

Most of our developing is done on Launchpad, with all the code you will ever need residing at our project page there. You can also look at our Wiki, which houses a lot of useful information. If you want to see where you can help out, have a look below at what different people do within the MeMaker project.


Jason Brower
Main Developer
Ralph Lauren
Bogus Tagalong
Ross Porow
Polition er something
Time Inabottle
General Manager
Farfanugen Frankfert
He could be German.

These are the guys that make the wheels that need turning. Listed here are the programmers that have helped even with one line of code and are willing to let use give credit. If you would like to contribute and be apart of this great team we would love to help you get started. Most of out programming is done in Python with the exception of the web-based work, in which we use HTML, jQuery and Javascript. Be sure to subscribe yourself to the mailing list and introduce yourself. Even basic programmers can contribute to MeMaker, let's get you started!


Programmers, well, they can make it, but it's artists that make it beautiful. Thank you. If we stop getting artwork, we would be crippled. We couldn't possibly list all artists that are contributing themes, however a special thanks goes the artists who were willing and able to have their content featured in your version releases. It's these first themes that really influence and give first impressions of MeMaker to our users.


It takes a lot to work with all the world. Credit where credit is due. Keep up the good work!

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This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

To see the full terms and conditions of the GPL, please go here http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html

© 2008 MeMaker Developers