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Build instructions for Visual Studio 2017

Prepare folder

Choose an empty folder for the future build, for example D:\TBuild. It will be named BuildPath in the rest of this document. Create two folders there, BuildPath\ThirdParty and BuildPath\Libraries.

All commands (if not stated otherwise) will be launched from x86 Native Tools Command Prompt for VS 2017.bat (should be in Start Menu > Visual Studio 2017 menu folder). Pay attention not to use any other Command Prompt.

Obtain your API credentials

You will require api_id and api_hash to access the Telegram API servers. To learn how to obtain them click here.

Install third party software

Open x86 Native Tools Command Prompt for VS 2017.bat, go to BuildPath and run

cd ThirdParty
git clone https://chromium.googlesource.com/external/gyp
cd gyp
git checkout a478c1ab51
cd ..\..

Add GYP and Ninja to your PATH:

  • Open Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings
  • Press Environment Variables...
  • Select Path
  • Press Edit
  • Add BuildPath\ThirdParty\gyp value
  • Add BuildPath\ThirdParty\Ninja value

Clone source code and prepare libraries

Open x86 Native Tools Command Prompt for VS 2017.bat, go to BuildPath and run

SET PATH=%cd%\ThirdParty\Perl\bin;%cd%\ThirdParty\Python27;%cd%\ThirdParty\NASM;%cd%\ThirdParty\jom;%cd%\ThirdParty\cmake\bin;%cd%\ThirdParty\yasm;%PATH%

git clone --recursive https://github.com/Sea-n/tdesktop.git

mkdir Libraries
cd Libraries

git clone https://github.com/ericniebler/range-v3 range-v3

git clone https://github.com/telegramdesktop/lzma.git
cd lzma\C\Util\LzmaLib
msbuild LzmaLib.sln /property:Configuration=Debug
msbuild LzmaLib.sln /property:Configuration=Release
cd ..\..\..\..

git clone https://github.com/openssl/openssl.git
cd openssl
git checkout OpenSSL_1_0_1-stable
perl Configure no-shared --prefix=%cd%\Release --openssldir=%cd%\Release VC-WIN32
ms\do_ms
nmake -f ms\nt.mak
nmake -f ms\nt.mak install
xcopy tmp32\lib.pdb Release\lib\
nmake -f ms\nt.mak clean
perl Configure no-shared --prefix=%cd%\Debug --openssldir=%cd%\Debug debug-VC-WIN32
ms\do_ms
nmake -f ms\nt.mak
nmake -f ms\nt.mak install
xcopy tmp32.dbg\lib.pdb Debug\lib\
cd ..

git clone https://github.com/telegramdesktop/zlib.git
cd zlib
git checkout tdesktop
cd contrib\vstudio\vc14
msbuild zlibstat.vcxproj /property:Configuration=Debug
msbuild zlibstat.vcxproj /property:Configuration=ReleaseWithoutAsm
cd ..\..\..\..

git clone https://github.com/john-preston/openal-soft.git
cd openal-soft
git checkout fix_macro
cd build
cmake -G "Visual Studio 15 2017" -D LIBTYPE:STRING=STATIC -D FORCE_STATIC_VCRT:STRING=ON ..
msbuild OpenAL.vcxproj /property:Configuration=Debug
msbuild OpenAL.vcxproj /property:Configuration=Release
cd ..\..

git clone https://github.com/google/breakpad
cd breakpad
git checkout a1dbcdcb43
git apply ../../tdesktop/Telegram/Patches/breakpad.diff
cd src
git clone https://github.com/google/googletest testing
cd client\windows
set GYP_MSVS_VERSION=2017
gyp --no-circular-check breakpad_client.gyp --format=ninja
cd ..\..
ninja -C out/Debug common crash_generation_client exception_handler
ninja -C out/Release common crash_generation_client exception_handler
cd tools\windows\dump_syms
gyp dump_syms.gyp
msbuild dump_syms.vcxproj /property:Configuration=Release
cd ..\..\..\..\..

git clone https://github.com/telegramdesktop/opus.git
cd opus
git checkout tdesktop
cd win32\VS2015
msbuild opus.sln /property:Configuration=Debug /property:Platform="Win32"
msbuild opus.sln /property:Configuration=Release /property:Platform="Win32"

cd ..\..\..\..
SET PATH_BACKUP_=%PATH%
SET PATH=%cd%\ThirdParty\msys64\usr\bin;%PATH%
cd Libraries

git clone https://github.com/FFmpeg/FFmpeg.git ffmpeg
cd ffmpeg
git checkout release/3.4

set CHERE_INVOKING=enabled_from_arguments
set MSYS2_PATH_TYPE=inherit
bash --login ../../tdesktop/Telegram/Patches/build_ffmpeg_win.sh

SET PATH=%PATH_BACKUP_%
cd ..

git clone git://code.qt.io/qt/qt5.git qt5_6_2
cd qt5_6_2
perl init-repository --module-subset=qtbase,qtimageformats
git checkout v5.6.2
cd qtimageformats
git checkout v5.6.2
cd ..\qtbase
git checkout v5.6.2
git apply ../../../tdesktop/Telegram/Patches/qtbase_5_6_2.diff
cd ..

configure -debug-and-release -force-debug-info -opensource -confirm-license -static -I "%cd%\..\openssl\Release\include" -no-opengl -openssl-linked OPENSSL_LIBS_DEBUG="%cd%\..\openssl\Debug\lib\ssleay32.lib %cd%\..\openssl\Debug\lib\libeay32.lib" OPENSSL_LIBS_RELEASE="%cd%\..\openssl\Release\lib\ssleay32.lib %cd%\..\openssl\Release\lib\libeay32.lib" -mp -nomake examples -nomake tests -platform win32-msvc2015

jom -j4
jom -j4 install
cd ..

cd ../tdesktop/Telegram
gyp\refresh.bat

Build the project

If you want to pass a build define (like TDESKTOP_DISABLE_AUTOUPDATE or TDESKTOP_DISABLE_NETWORK_PROXY), call set TDESKTOP_BUILD_DEFINES=TDESKTOP_DISABLE_AUTOUPDATE,TDESKTOP_DISABLE_NETWORK_PROXY,... (comma seperated string)

After, call gyp\refresh.bat once again.

  • Open BuildPath\tdesktop\Telegram\Telegram.sln in Visual Studio 2017
  • Select Telegram project and press Build > Build Telegram (Debug and Release configurations)
  • The result Telegram.exe will be located in D:\TBuild\tdesktop\out\Debug (and Release)

Qt Visual Studio Tools

For better debugging you may want to install Qt Visual Studio Tools:

  • Open Tools -> Extensions and Updates...
  • Go to Online tab
  • Search for Qt
  • Install Qt Visual Studio Tools extension
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