Permalink
Fetching contributors…
Cannot retrieve contributors at this time
173 lines (136 sloc) 6.09 KB

Build FreeOrion

Hardware and OS Requirements

FreeOrion will compile on Windows 7 (or later), Mac OS X 10.10 (or later) and Linux operating systems. Other operating systems have reported to work, but support is not actively maintained by the FreeOrion developers. FreeOrion is developed for x86 compatible processor architectures, other architectures haven't been tested.

The FreeOrion source code makes heavy use of templates and requires much memory to compile ; 6 GiB RAM or more is recommended. To build FreeOrion, expect up to 45 minutes on a Intel Core i5 system.

Required Software Dependencies

FreeOrion depends on the following software to build:

  • Visual Studio - 2015 for Windows Desktop Update 3 ; Windows only
  • Xcode - 8.3 or later ; Mac OS X only
  • CMake - 3.4 (Mac OS X) ; 3.1 or later (Other non-Windows)
  • A C++11 compliant compiler - Other Operating Systems
    • GNU GCC - 5.0 or later
    • Clang - 3.9 or later (4.0 or later on FreeBSD)
  • Python - 2.7.*
  • Git

FreeOrion depends on the following libraries or APIs to run:

  • OpenGL - 2.1 or later ; usually provided by the graphic card driver or Operating System
  • OpenGL Utilities (GLU) ; usually provided by the graphic card driver or Operating System
  • OpenAL - It's recommended to use the OpenAL Soft implementation
  • Boost - 1.58 or later
  • zlib
  • libpython - 2.7.*
  • FreeType2
  • libpng
  • libogg
  • libvorbis
  • SDL2

Obtaining FreeOrion Source Code and Software Dependencies

For Windows and Mac OS X a [FreeOrion Software Development Kit] is provided as download to compile FreeOrion from source. It contains the preconfigured and -compiled build and runtime dependencies for the Visual Studio v140 toolchain on Windows and Mac OS X 10.9 SDK with Xcode 6.4 or later on Mac OS X.

For Linux or other Operating Systems the build and runtime dependencies should be installed by the preferred way for the respective OS (e.g. via Package manager or compiling from source).

Step by step procedure:

  • On Windows:
  • On Mac OS X:
    • The FreeOrionSDK v10 is downloaded automatically when CMake creates the build environment.
  • Linux and other Operating Systems:
    • Install build and runtime dependencies by the preferred way for the respective OS.
  • Create a project directory freeorion-project.
  • On Windows:
    • Unzip the SDK archive contents into the project directory.
    • Execute the bootstrap.bat within the project directory. This will clone the FreeOrion repository and place the dependencies at the correct place.
  • On Max OS X, Linux and other Operating Systems:
    • Navigate into the project directory.
    • Clone the project via Git:
      git clone https://github.com/freeorion/freeorion.git
      

This will leave you with the latest development branch master and the FreeOrion source code in:

  • freeorion-project/FreeOrion/ on Windows.
  • freeorion-project/freeorion/ on Mac OS X, Linux and other Operating Systems.

This directory will be referred to as source directory in the rest of the document.

To build a specific release check out the desired version via git checkout:

git checkout vxxx

Where vxxx indicates the desired version. A list of all available version can be listet by invoking git tag -l, where releases are indicated by a leading v followed by the release version number.

Compiling FreeOrion

FreeOrion uses CMake as build system on most platforms. On Windows a manually maintained Visual Studio Project is used for building.

Step by step procedure:

  • Enter the source directory.

  • On Windows:

    • Open msvc2015\FreeOrion.sln with Visual Studio.
    • Compile the whole project by selecting the Build -> Build Solution menu entry.
  • On Mac OS X:

    • Create a build directory, which will contain all compile FreeOrion build artifacs.

    • Change into the build directory on the command line.

    • Execute cmake to generate a Xcode project file:

      cmake -GXcode ..
      
    • Open FreeOrion.xcodeproj with Xcode.

    • Compile the whole project by selecting the ALL_BUILD scheme and pressing 'Command' + 'B'.

  • On Linux and other Operating Systems

    • Create a build directory, which will contain all compile FreeOrion build artifacs.

    • Change into the build directory on the command line.

    • Execute cmake to generate Makefiles:

      cmake ..
      
    • Compile the whole project by calling make within the build directory. In case you want to utilize multiple CPU cores by running parallel compile jobs check out the the make jobs parameter of make.

    • Create a symbolic link to the data directory inside the build directoy by invoking:

      ln -s ../freeorion/default .
      

This will leave you with a build of FreeOrion executables.

  • freeorion-project/FreeOrion on Windows.
  • freeorion-project/build/Release on Mac OS X.
  • freeorion-project/freeorion/build on Linux and other Operating Systems.