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Installing z88dk on Ubuntu Linux 18.04, 18.10 or 19.04


This guide is for getting started with installing the z88dk C development suite in Ubuntu 18.04 or 19.04. The target machine here is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. I'm assuming that you are reasonably proficient in using the command line.

Much of the information I'm using comes from the following two GitHub repositories:

If you don't already have an emulator installed I reccomend Fuse. From the command line, enter the following commands to install it:

sudo apt-get install fuse-emulator-gtk spectrum-roms

Sometimes the versions of Fuse in the Ubuntu repositories are out of date. If you want to make sure you have the latest version you can use FlatPak and install Fuse from here:

Ubuntu 18.04 does not have FlatPak installed by default, but it can easily be installed by using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak  
sudo apt update  
sudo apt install flatpak  
sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak  
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

If you are using Ubuntu 19.04 or later you can just:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

Once you have rebooted you can install Fuse using:

flatpak install flathub net.sf.fuse_emulator

Getting Started with z88dk

Download the latest nightly checked source package and unzip it:

tar -xzf z88dk-latest.tgz

This will create a populated z88dk directory in the current working directory.

You will need the following libraries/packages installed to successfully build z88dk:

sudo apt-get install dos2unix libboost-all-dev texinfo texi2html libxml2-dev subversion bison flex zlib1g-dev

Then enter:

cd z88dk
chmod 777

Supposing you want to keep z88dk in your local user environment, you can configure it permanently in this way:

Start off by using the command nano ~/.bashrc to edit your bash profile, then scroll down to the bottom of the file and enter the following commands:

export PATH=${PATH}:${HOME}/z88dk/bin
export ZCCCFG=${HOME}/z88dk/lib/config

Finally, save the file with CTRL + X and Y to confirm changes. After a reboot it's time to test the installation

The first step is to check that everyone has installed correctly and that the necessary tools are in place. Running each of these commands should produce something similar to the output given:

peter@ubuntu:~$ zcc
zcc - Frontend for the z88dk Cross-C Compiler - v15100-08748e6-20190811
Usage: zcc +[target] {options} {files}
peter@ubuntu:~$ zsdcc -v

Build: 3.9.1 #11310 (Linux) Aug 11 2019
peter@ubuntu:~$ z80asm
Z80 Module Assembler 15100-08748e6-20190811
(c) InterLogic 1993-2009, Paulo Custodio 2011-2019
peter@ubuntu:~$ appmake 
appmake [+target] [options]

The z88dk application generator

You should now be able to follow the excellent tutorial on Spectrum C Development which is available here:

If you love the ZX Spectrum as much as I do, feel free to visit our website at:

We are have a forum which is available here:

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