Installation Instructions for fldigi
To compile fldigi you will need:
* A recent C++ compiler. The GNU C++ compilers in the 4.x series are
known to work.
* Version 1.1.x of the Fast Light Tool Kit (FLTK), with its
development library and headers. Versions 1.1.7 to 1.1.9 are known
to work. FLTK's multi-threading support is required.
* The samplerate (a.k.a. secret rabbit code) library.
* The PNG library.
You should also install the libraries and headers for PortAudio, the
Portable audio I/O library.
Additional features are enabled if the corresponding libraries are
present on your system:
* Support for rig control via hamlib is enabled if the hamlib
development files are installed.
* Audio file generation, capture and playback support is enabled if
`configure' can find the sndfile library.
* The PulseAudio sound backend is compiled if the development files
for libpulse-simple, the PulseAudio simple API library, are present.
* The embedded XML-RPC web server is enabled if `configure' can find
the C++ bindings for the libxmlrpc-c3 library. An example client
can be found in scripts/fldigi-shell.
Once you have installed the required packages, the following commands
should be sufficient to compile fldigi and install it under /usr/local:
make install (you may need superuser privileges for installation)
The `install' target installs the executables, icons, .desktop files and
manual pages. After installation, an fldigi launcher should appear
somewhere in your applications menu.
If you are building a GIT snapshot (see README), you will need to run
`autoreconf' to generate the configure script.
Mac OS X installation notes
Mac OS X support was added in version 2.10. To run fldigi on OS X, you
will need to create an app bundle. For this purpose, the Makefile has
an `appbundle' target that can be used instead of `install':
This target will generate two bundles inside the build directory (by
* mac-bundle/fldigi.app, which only contains the bare minimum that is
required to run fldigi on the build system
* mac-libs-bundle/fldigi.app, which also includes copies of non-system
libraries (such as PortAudio and FLTK) that the binary links to
The configure script has some support for building universal x86/ppc
binaries. Pass the following additional arguments to enable it:
See this page for more information:
Windows installation notes
As of version 3.12, Cygwin is not required to build or run fldigi.
Refer to this page for Mingw32 build information:
Building under Cygwin should still work but is not supported. To
install Cygwin, use the following installer link:
Refer to the list of library requirements and install the corresponding
cygwin packages. You will need at least the following:
Base: (all base packages)
Devel: binutils fltk-devel gcc-g++ make pkg-config
Graphics: libjpeg-devel libpng12-devel
Use the default "Curr" option for the package selection.
To build an internationalized version of fldigi, install these
gettext gettext-devel libiconv libiconv2
PortAudio and libsamplerate are not available from Cygwin and must be
compiled from source. If you wish to build easily redistributable
binaries, configure these libraries for static linking, e.g. with
After you have installed them in the desired location, remember to tell
`pkg-config' how to find them, e.g. with
To configure fldigi itself for static linking, use the following
./configure --enable-static LDFLAGS=-static
This will produce a binary that only depends on the cygwin library,
which can be found in /bin/cygwin1.dll.
At the time of writing, fldigi has been built with the latest release of
Cygwin, version 1.5.25. The binary runs on Windows 2000 and XP,
however, a newer version of the cygwin1.dll library may be required for
Vista. Version 20080530 of the 1.7 pre-release snapshot has been tested
and is known to work:
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