# Build Instructions
## Install CMake
Asset-Importer-Lib can be build for a lot of different platforms. We are using cmake to generate the build environment for these via cmake. So you have to make sure that you have a working cmake-installation on your system. You can download it at https://cmake.org/ or for linux install it via
sudo apt-get install cmake
## Get the source
Make sure you have a working git-installation. Open a command prompt and clone the Asset-Importer-Lib via:
git clone https://github.com/assimp/assimp.git
## Build instructions for Windows with Visual-Studio
First you have to install Visual-Studio on your windows-system. You can get the Community-Version for free here: https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/de/downloads/
To generate the build environment for your IDE open a command prompt, navigate to your repo and type:
This will generate the project files for the visual studio. All dependencies used to build Asset-IMporter-Lib shall be part of the repo. If you want to use you own zlib.installation this is possible as well. Check the options for it.
## Build instructions for Windows with UWP
## Build instructions for Linux / Unix
Open a terminal and got to your repository. You can generate the makefiles and build the library via:
The option -j descripes the number of parallel processes for the build. In this case make will try to use 4 cores for the build.
If you want to use a IDE for linux you can try QTCreator for instance.
## Build instructions for MinGW
Older versions of MinGW's compiler (e.g. 5.1.0) do not support the -mbig_obj flag
required to compile some of assimp's files, especially for debug builds.
Version 7.3.0 of g++-mingw-w64 & gcc-mingw-w64 appears to work.
Please see [CMake Cross Compiling](https://cmake.org/cmake/help/latest/manual/cmake-toolchains.7.html#cross-compiling) for general information on CMake Toolchains.
Some users have had success building assimp using MinGW on Linux using [polly](https://github.com/ruslo/polly/).
The following toolchain, which is not maintained by assimp, seems to work on Linux: [linux-mingw-w64-gnuxx11.cmake](https://github.com/ruslo/polly/blob/master/linux-mingw-w64-gnuxx11.cmake)
The following toolchain may or may not be helpful for building assimp using MinGW on Windows (untested):
Besides the toolchain, compilation should be the same as for Linux / Unix.
## CMake build options
The cmake-build-environment provides options to configure the build. The following options can be used:
- **BUILD_SHARED_LIBS ( default ON )**: Generation of shared libs ( dll for windows, so for Linux ). Set this to OFF to get a static lib.
- **BUILD_FRAMEWORK ( default OFF, MacOnly)**: Build package as Mac OS X Framework bundle
- **ASSIMP_DOUBLE_PRECISION( default OFF )**: All data will be stored as double values.
- **ASSIMP_OPT_BUILD_PACKAGES ( default OFF)**: Set to ON to generate CPack configuration files and packaging targets
- **ASSIMP_ANDROID_JNIIOSYSTEM ( default OFF )**: Android JNI IOSystem support is active
- **ASSIMP_NO_EXPORT ( default OFF )**: Disable Assimp's export functionality
- **ASSIMP_BUILD_ZLIB ( default OFF )**: Build your own zlib
- **ASSIMP_BUILD_ASSIMP_TOOLS ( default ON )**: If the supplementary tools for Assimp are built in addition to the library.
- **ASSIMP_BUILD_SAMPLES ( default OFF )**: If the official samples are built as well (needs Glut).
- **ASSIMP_BUILD_TESTS ( default ON )**: If the test suite for Assimp is built in addition to the library.
- **ASSIMP_COVERALLS ( default OFF )**: Enable this to measure test coverage.
- **ASSIMP_WERROR( default OFF )**: Treat warnings as errors.
- **ASSIMP_ASAN ( default OFF )**: Enable AddressSanitizer.
- **ASSIMP_UBSAN ( default OFF )**: Enable Undefined Behavior sanitizer.
- **SYSTEM_IRRXML ( default OFF )**: Use system installed Irrlicht/IrrXML library.
- **BUILD_DOCS ( default OFF )**: Build documentation using Doxygen.
- **INJECT_DEBUG_POSTFIX( default ON )**: Inject debug postfix in .a/.so lib names
- **IGNORE_GIT_HASH ( default OFF )**: Don't call git to get the hash.
- **ASSIMP_INSTALL_PDB ( default ON )**: Install MSVC debug files.