This page is about compiling Minetest for desktop platforms. For compiling Minetest for Android, see Android.
Compiling on GNU/Linux
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Install dependencies. Here's an example for Debian-based and Ubuntu-based distributions:
apt-get install build-essential cmake git libirrlicht-dev libbz2-dev libgettextpo-dev libfreetype6-dev libpng12-dev libjpeg8-dev libxxf86vm-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libsqlite3-dev libogg-dev libvorbis-dev libopenal-dev libhiredis-dev libcurl3-dev
git clone https://github.com/minetest/minetest.git cd minetest/
Download Minetest Game (otherwise only the "Minimal development test" game is available)
cd games/ git clone https://github.com/minetest/minetest_game.git cd ../
Build the game (the
make command is set to automatically detect the number of CPU threads to use):
cmake . -DENABLE_GETTEXT=1 -DENABLE_FREETYPE=1 -DENABLE_LEVELDB=1 -DENABLE_REDIS=1 make -j$(grep -c processor /proc/cpuinfo)
cd bin/ ./minetest
cmake . -LHto see all CMake options and their current state.
- If you want to place user data in the same directory as the Minetest build (good for putting on removable media), you will want to use
- You can build a bare server or a bare client by specifying
- You can select between a Release and Debug build by
-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=<Debug or Release>.
- Debug build is slower, but gives much more useful output in a debugger.
Building without Irrlicht / X dependency
You can build the Minetest server without library dependencies to Irrlicht or any graphical stuff. You still need the Irrlicht headers for this, so first, download the irrlicht source to somewhere.
When invoking CMake, use
Compiling on Windows
- OpenAL  or 
- MinGW or Visual Studio
- Irrlicht SDK 1.8
- zlib headers (zlib125.zip) and library (.lib & .dll from zlib125dll.zip) 
- or build a more recent version yourself 
- headers: libvorbis/include
- I don't want to download these libraries
- MSVC pre-compiled libraries (32-bit)
- Library for UI text translations.
- Optional: LuaJIT
- For additional execution speed of mods, may have noticeable memory limits.
- Optional: FreeType
- Support for TTF fonts (recommended)
- Select a directory called DIR hereafter in which you will operate. - Make sure you have CMake and a compiler (MinGW or MSVC) installed. - Download all other libraries and extract them into your DIR. ("extract here", not "extract to packagename/")
- All those packages contain a nice base directory in them, which should end up being the direct subdirectories of DIR. - You will end up with a directory structure like this (+ dir, - file): ----------------- + DIR - oalinst.exe - zlib-1.2.5.tar.gz - zlib125dll.zip ... - 110214175330.zip (or whatever, this is the minetest source) + gettext (optional, for multi language) + bin + include + lib + irrlicht-1.8.1 + lib + include ... + libogg-1.3.1.zip + lib + include ... + libvorbis-1.3.3.zip + lib + include ... + minetest + src + doc - CMakeLists.txt ... + minetest-build + zlib-1.2.5 - zlib.h + win32 ... + zlib125dll - readme.txt + dll32 ... ----------------- - Start up the CMake GUI - Select "Browse Source..." and select DIR/minetest - Now, if using MSVC: - Select "Browse Build..." and select DIR/minetest-build - Else if using MinGW: - Select "Browse Build..." and select DIR/minetest - Select "Configure" - Select your compiler - It will warn about missing stuff, ignore that at this point. (later don't) - Make sure the configuration is as follows (note that the versions may differ for you):
BUILD_CLIENT [X] BUILD_SERVER [ ] CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE Release CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX DIR/minetest-install RUN_IN_PLACE [X] WARN_ALL [ ] GETTEXT_BIN_DIR DIR/gettext/bin GETTEXT_INCLUDE_DIR DIR/gettext/include GETTEXT_LIBRARIES DIR/gettext/lib/libintl.lib IRRLICHT_SOURCE_DIR DIR/irrlicht-1.8.1 IRRLICHT_LIBRARY DIR/irrlicht-1.8.1/lib/?/Irrlicht.lib OGG_INCLUDE_DIR DIR/libogg-1.3.1/include OGG_LIBRARIES DIR/libogg-1.3.1/?/libogg.lib VORBIS_INCLUDE_DIR DIR/libvorbis-1.3.3/include VORBIS_LIBRARY DIR/libvorbis-1.3.3/?/libvorbis.lib VORBISFILE_INCLUDE_DIR DIR/libvorbis-1.3.3/include VORBISFILE_LIBRARY DIR/libvorbis-1.3.3/?/libvorbisfile.lib OPENAL_INCLUDE_DIR %programfiles%\OpenAL\include OPENAL_LIBRARY %programfiles%\OpenAL\lib\OpenAL32.lib ZLIB_DLL DIR/zlib125dll/dll32/zlibwapi.dll ZLIB_INCLUDE_DIR DIR/zlib-1.2.5 ZLIB_LIBRARIES DIR/zlib125dll/dll32/zlibwapi.lib
- See also: Differently explained CMake setup - Hit "Configure", two times 8) - If something is still coloured red, you have a problem. - Hit "Generate" If using MSVC: - Open the generated minetest.sln - Switch the configuration from "Debug" to "Release", unless you want to debug some stuff (it's slower and might not even work at all) - Build the ALL_BUILD project - Build the INSTALL project You may want to use console commands to compile Minetest: - Find MSBuild.exe in %windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v?.?.?\MSBuild.exe - Add the path to your system PATH variable - Compile Minetest by switching to your DIR\minetest-build MSBuild.exe ALL_BUILD.vcxproj /p:Configuration=Release - You should now have a working game with the executable in DIR/minetest-install/bin/minetest.exe - Additionally you may create a zip package by building the PACKAGE project. If using MinGW: - Using the command line, browse to the build directory and run 'make' (or mingw32-make or whatever it happens to be) - You may need to copy some of the downloaded DLLs into bin/, see what running the produced executable tells you it doesn't have. - You should now have a working game with the executable in DIR/minetest/bin/minetest.exe