Installing from source
Meson is available on PyPi, so
it can be installed with
pip3 install meson. The exact command to
type to install with
pip can vary between systems, be sure to use
the Python 3 version of
If you wish you can install it locally with the standard Python command:
python3 -m pip install meson
python3 -m pip install ninja
More on Installing Meson build can be found at the getting meson page.
Meson requires that you have a source directory and a build directory
and that these two are different. In your source root must exist a
meson.build. To generate the build system run this
meson setup <source directory> <build directory>
Depending on how you obtained Meson the command might also be called
meson.py instead of plain
meson. In the rest of this document we
are going to use the latter form.
You can omit either of the two directories, and Meson will substitute the current directory and autodetect what you mean. This allows you to do things like this:
cd <source root> meson setup builddir
To compile, cd into your build directory and type
ninja. To run unit
More on running Meson build system commands can be found at the
running meson page
or by typing
We love code contributions. See the contribution page on the website for details.
The irc channel for Meson is
#mesonbuild over at Freenode.
You can use FreeNode's official webchat to connect to this channel.
More information about the Meson build system can be found at the project's home page.
Meson is a registered trademark of Jussi Pakkanen.