Building Atomic from Source

JoshEngebretson edited this page Jan 11, 2017 · 2 revisions

Quick and Easy Way:

If you are working on Atomic itself or need to debug an Atomic project with an IDE such as Visual Studio, XCode, QtCreator, please see this article Advanced

Please note: Building from source code is intended for users who want to use/test new features or customize the C++ source code. For most users, we recommend the binary releases available for download on the official Atomic Game Engine website.


1) Make sure to have Visual Studio 2015 or 2017 installed with a C++ compiler and when using VS2015 have CMake on your PATH. 2) Clone the AtomicGameEngine repository recursively:

git clone --recursive

3) Double click Build_AtomicEditor.bat in the root folder or use


If you have both VS2015 and VS2017 installed, use the --vs2017 flag to select VS2017.

4) Your build of the Atomic Editor will be built in Artifacts/AtomicEditor.


1) Install XCode and CMake, making sure CMake is on your path
2) Clone the AtomicGameEngine repository recursively:

git clone --recursive

3) Open a shell and change directory (cd) to the root repository.
4) Build the Atomic Game Engine using


4) The latest will be built in Artifacts/AtomicEditor


The following instructions will install the Atomic Game Engine without C# support. To install with C# support, read this page.

1) Install prerequisite packages:
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit, Debian Jessie 8.* 64 bit:

sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake nodejs libgtk-3-dev libasound2-dev libxrandr-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libglu1-mesa-dev

1) Install prerequisite packages:
Fedora/CentOS 7.2 64 bit:

sudo yum install gcc gcc-c++ libgcc cmake ccache nodejs gtk3-devel alsa-lib-devel libXrandr-devel mesa-libGL-devel mesa-libGLU-devel  

2) Clone the AtomicGameEngine repository recursively:

git clone --recursive

3) Open a shell and change directory (cd) to the root repository. From here, run


4) The AtomicEditor executable will be built in Artifacts/AtomicEditor

Atomic Editor Build Flags (Advanced)

The following build flags are supported by the Build_AtomicEditor(.sh/.bat) commands:

Flag Description
--help Displays all these flags
--with-android Build with Android platform support
--with-ios Build with iOS platform support
--with-web Build with WebGL platform support
--opengl Enable OpenGL renderer (if on Windows)
--d3d11 Enable DirectX 11 renderer (if on Windows)
--debug Build debug version of the editor and associated platform runtimes
--noclean Do not clean before building, useful during development
--nonet Build without AtomicNET C# scripting support
--with-docs Build and install API documents into the editor (requires npm on path)
--noexamples Don't include examples with editor
--task=name Build the specified task (for development)
--package Packages the editor to Artifacts/Dist

The --nonet flag will automatically be applied if Visual Studio or mono isn't installed on the system

For example, if you want to build the editor without including examples, run the following from your root local source tree:


Build_AtomicEditor.bat --noexamples


./ --noexamples