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MatterControl is an open-source program designed to control and enhance the desktop 3D printing experience. It's designed to help you get the most out of your 3D printer - making it easy to track, preview, and print your 3D parts. Development of MatterControl is sponsored by MatterHackers and it's partners.




Release Notes

Building from Source

MatterControl is written in C#. It uses the agg-sharp GUI abstraction layer. See this wiki article if you want to contribute code.

  1. Checkout the latest source code and submodules:

     git clone --recursive
     cd MatterControl
  2. Install MonoDevelop and Nuget.

     sudo apt-get install monodevelop nuget
  3. Add Mono SSL Support - Copy in Mozilla Root certificates to enable NuGet and MatterControl SSL requests

     mozroots --import --sync
  4. Restore NuGet packages - On MonoDevelop 4.0 or older you can install NuGet Addin. If you are on Mint, also install libmono-cairo2.0-cil. Alternatively you can run the command line NuGet application to restore the project packages:

     nuget restore MatterControl.sln
  5. Optionally switch to a target branch

     git checkout master
     git submodule update --init --recursive

    As a single command line statement:

     targetBranch=master && git checkout $targetBranch && git submodule update --init --recursive
  6. Build MatterControl

     mdtool build -c:Release MatterControl.sln


     xbuild /p:Configuration=Release MatterControl.sln
  7. Link the StaticData from your source directory to the build directory

     ln -s ../../StaticData bin/Release/StaticData
  8. After MatterControl has been built in MonoDevelop it is recommended that you run the application via command line or via a shell script to invoke mono.

     mono bin/Release/MatterControl.exe

    If you'd like to log errors for troubleshooting

     mono bin/Release/MatterControl.exe > log.txt

    If you want detailed error logging and tracing

     MONO_LOG_LEVEL=debug mono bin/Release/MatterControl.exe > log.txt
  9. In order for MatterControl to access the serial ports, you will need to give your user the appropriate permissions. On Debian based distros, add yourself to the dialout group. On Arch, add yourself the the uucp and lock groups instead.

     gpasswd -a $USER dialout

Serial Helper

  1. Change to the SerialHelper directory

     cd Submodules/agg-sharp/SerialPortCommunication/SerialHelper
  2. Run the build script

  3. If your receive errors you may need to install libc6-dev-i386 for x86 compilation

     sudo apt-get install libc6-dev-i386

Help, Bugs, Feedback

For information on using MatterControl, check the MatterControl Wiki. If you have questions or feedback, feel free to post on the MatterHackers Forums or send an email to To report a bug, file an issue on GitHub.

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