Documentation/4.3/Developers/Build Instructions/Prerequisites

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Please check that the following tools are installed on your machine.

Consider reading platform specific requirements listed below.


Ubuntu / Debian

For Ubuntu 13.04 note that you must download or install the standard cmake from [1] because the version of cmake that comes with Ubuntu 13.04 cannot be used to build slicer.

  • Ubuntu, Debian squeeze, Debian testing (wheezy) users, just type the following line in a terminal
sudo apt-get install subversion git-core git-svn
sudo apt-get install make gcc g++ libX11-dev libXt-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libosmesa6-dev libglu1-mesa-dev libfontconfig-dev libxrender-dev libncurses5-dev
mkdir ~/Support && cd Support     # This is where we will download and install required software
# By copying this one-liner in your terminal, it will download and extract CMake
cmake_package="cmake-"; \
wget$cmake_package.tar.gz -v -O $cmake_package.tar.gz && \
tar -xzvf $cmake_package.tar.gz;
# By copying this one-liner, symbolic links to cmake tools will be created in /usr/local/bin. 
# That way calling cmake, ctest, ... from the command line will resolve to this version of CMake.
for tool in cmake ccmake ctest cpack; do sudo ln -s ~/$cmake_package/bin/$tool /usr/local/bin/$tool; done


  • CentOS user type:
yum install make gcc-c++ libX11-devel libXt-devel libXext-devel libGLU-devel mesa-libOSMesa-devel mesa-libGL-devel mesa-libGLU-devel ncurses


$ curl -O
$ tar -xzvf cmake-2.8.11-Darwin64-universal.tar.gz --strip-components=1
$ CMake\ --version
cmake version 2.8.11


  • CMake >= 2.8.9
  • Qt 4.7.4 or 4.8.4. See details here
  • Git-X.X.X-preview2013XXXX.exe recommended.
    • Note For convenience, you could update the PATH variable so that git can be automatically discovered when configuring Slicer. If not, you will have to specify the GIT_EXECUTABLE at configure time.
  • SlikSvn
  • NSIS (optional): Needed if packaging Slicer - Click here to download.
  • IDE
    • Tested/Recommended: Microsoft Visual Studio 9 2008 (Any edition).
      • Make sure to install:
        • SP1. Click here to download SP1 and click here to understand the motivation.
    • Experimental: The plan is to support Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (Any edition). Note NOTE THAT EXPERIMENTAL MEANS THIS DOESN'T YET WORK :)
      • Make sure to install:
        • SP1. Click here to download SP1 and click here to understand the motivation.
        • SP1 Compiler update. Click here to download and here to understand the motivation.
    • Experimental (Visual Studio 2012): Use a desktop version such as Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Desktop and remember Visual Studio 2012 Update 2). Do not use Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8. You must install Windows SDK, otherwise CMake will not even find the C compiler during configure. In CMake, choose Visual Studio 11 Win64 as generator.
    • Un-tested: Cygwin suite (building with cygwin gcc not supported, but the cygwin shell environment can be used to run git, svn, etc).