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Anjay on Windows


Anjay is currently not supported or regularly tested (which means that builds may break between releases) on Windows. However, there is preliminary support for building and running on Windows - with some limitations:

  • Any degree of testing was only performed on Windows 10; the code is theoretically compatible with Windows Vista and up
  • Building using MinGW from MSYS shell is currently the only supported toolchain
  • Building as a shared library (DLL) is not currently supported
  • Demo application has limited functionality - internal command line and IP Ping object are not available
  • Testing frameworks are not supported
  • SMS binding is not supported (applicable to commercial version only)


Note about symbolic links

Anjay repository on GitHub makes use of symbolic links. They are necessary for successful compilation of the project. You will need to either:

  • use Windows 10 version 1703 or later and enable developer mode, or
  • run Git with elevated privileges

See note on symbolic links in Git for Windows documentation for details.

Installing dependencies

  1. Install MSYS2

  2. Install Git for Windows

    NOTE: You can also install these using Chocolatey: choco install git msys2 but please make sure to still follow the instructions to update MSYS2 after installing it.

    NOTE: DO NOT use Git from MSYS repositories. It does not support symbolic links properly. You will need to use the tools provided by Git for Windows installation to clone and manipulate the repository.

  3. Open the appropriate MINGW shell (e.g., C:\msys64\mingw32.exe or C:\msys64\mingw64.exe, depending on whether you want to build 32- or 64-bit binaries) and install the compile-time dependencies:


Cloning the repository

Run the following command in a directory of choice in the Git for Windows bash environment, making sure that you have the appropriate permissions to create symbolic links (see the note above):

git clone --recurse-submodules -c core.symlinks=true

Compiling the project

Run the following commands in the MINGW shell, after navigating to the directory created using Git above:

cmake -G"MSYS Makefiles" .

Running the demo application

The demo application can be run from the MINGW shell just like on any other Unix system, e.g.:

./output/bin/demo --server-uri coap://

If you want to run the resulting application outside of the MINGW shell, you will likely need to copy the DLL dependencies, such as:

  • libgcc_s_dw2-1.dll
  • libmbedcrypto.dll
  • libmbedtls.dll
  • libmbedx509.dll
  • libwinpthread-1.dll
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