This page describes how to build MRPT from sources. If you want instead to
install the binaries and getting quickly into developing your MRPT-based
applications, go to the download page and grab the
binaries for your system or install via
apt in Ubuntu.
Minimum compiler requisites:
gcc-7 or newer. Only for Ubuntu 16.04LTS Xenial, you will have to follow these instructions for installing gcc-7 in this version of Ubuntu.
clang-4 or newer.
Windows: Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3 or newer.
cmake >= 3.3 required (>=3.4 for Windows).
Eigen >= 3.3 required.
Other libraries: See External library dependencies and build options
On SIMD optimizations, read: doxid-simd
Minimum recommended requisites:
sudo apt install build-essential pkg-config cmake libwxgtk3.0-dev \
libwxgtk3.0-gtk3-dev libopencv-dev libeigen3-dev zlib1g-dev \
Recommended additional packages to enable most MRPT features:
# Build OpenGL graphics, Qt and nanogui GUIs:
sudo apt install freeglut3-dev libassimp-dev libglfw3-dev \
libglu1-mesa-dev libqt5opengl5-dev qtbase5-dev \
# Support most common sensors:
sudo apt install libftdi-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev libudev-dev libfreenect-dev \
libdc1394-22-dev libavformat-dev libswscale-dev libpcap-dev \
# Support showing debug information in call stacks upon exceptions:
sudo apt install binutils-dev libiberty-dev
# Support using system SimpleINI library (only Ubuntu >=20.04 focal)
sudo apt install libicu-dev libsimpleini-dev
If your Ubuntu distribution is old and does not have any of the packages above, do not worry and ignore it, MRPT CMake scripts will handle it.
ROS1 support: Install additional dependencies for ros1bridge using
official Ubuntu repositories. If you already have a ROS distribution installed,
source /opt/ros/xxx/setup.bash is enough, no further packages
must be installed. Do not install these packages if you do not need
the mrpt::ros1bridge module.
sudo apt install libcv-bridge-dev libgeometry-msgs-dev libnav-msgs-dev \
librosbag-storage-dev libroscpp-dev libsensor-msgs-dev \
libstd-srvs-dev libstereo-msgs-dev libtf2-dev \
ROS2 support: Invoke your ROS2 distribution
setup.bash` as usual before
running MRPT cmake configure to enable building of
the mrpt::ros2bridge module.
Install the CMake build system from here.
wxWidgets (Optional, but recommended)
In addition to the following notes, read the wxWidgets wiki.
From the latest wxWidgets release, download either:
precompiled binaries: the
wxWidgets-3.x.x_Headers.7zfile, and one of
wxMSW-3.x.x_gccXXX_Dev.7zfiles depending on your compiler, its version and the target architecture (x86 if not specified or x64). Unpack both files into the same directory so that include and lib directories are at the same level after unpacking. and (as
.7z) from its download page. Decompress it in a directory where CMake can easily find it (e.g.
the source code file
wxWidgets-3.x.x.7z(more work to do, but compatibility is ensured with all compilers).
Compile wxWidgets from sources
Build for 32bit:
Open the MSVC 32bit command-line prompt (from the start menu -> MSVC -> Visual Studio Tools), do
cd to the
WXWIDGETS/build/msw directory and run:
nmake -f makefile.vc BUILD=release SHARED=1 RUNTIME_LIBS=dynamic DEBUG_INFO=0 VENDOR=mrpt USE_OPENGL=1
nmake -f makefile.vc BUILD=debug SHARED=1 RUNTIME_LIBS=dynamic DEBUG_INFO=1 VENDOR=mrpt USE_OPENGL=1
Build for 64bit:
Open the MSVC 64bit command-line prompt (from the start menu -> MSVC -> Visual Studio Tools), do
cd to the
WXWIDGETS/build/msw directory and run:
nmake -f makefile.vc BUILD=release SHARED=1 RUNTIME_LIBS=dynamic DEBUG_INFO=0 VENDOR=mrpt USE_OPENGL=1 TARGET_CPU=amd64
nmake -f makefile.vc BUILD=debug SHARED=1 RUNTIME_LIBS=dynamic DEBUG_INFO=1 VENDOR=mrpt USE_OPENGL=1 TARGET_CPU=amd64
OpenCV (Optional, but strongly recommended)
Download the latest OpenCV release
either as source code and compile it, or (easier) install the provided
FFmpeg for Win32 (Optional)
These libraries are optional, you will need them only if you plan to read from video files or IP cameras using mrpt::hwdrivers::CFFMPEG_InputStream.
Directly download and decompress anywhere in your disk the latest Win32 builds
Then, when running CMake (cmake-gui) for MRPT, enable
press “Configure” and then set
FFMPEG_WIN32_ROOT_DIR to the directory where
FFmpeg binaries have been uncompressed (e.g.
The FFmpeg DLLs will be required at runtime by programs compiled with MRPT under Windows,
so make sure the directory
FFMPEG/bin is in the system PATH.
PCL, the Point Cloud Library (Optional)
Download, build and install PCL as explained in the official web.
At present, only a little functionality is provided for interaction of MRPT with PCL (check out the changelogs for details).
WinPCap (libpcap for Windows)
Used to read/write PCAP files in the Velodyne sensor classes.
Download and install the WinPCap development packages and set the
(advanced CMake variables)
The usual cmake stuff:
cmake --build .
# To run tests:
make test_legacy # or "make test" to see less details
Open cmake-gui (Available for Windows/Linux) and set the “source dir” to the root directory of the MRPT source package you have downloaded.
Set the “binary directory” to a new, empty directory where to generate the project files.
Press “configure”, check for errors, tune the options as required (read below for a description of some options) and finally click “Generate”.
Click on “open project” and build as usual.
For all platforms/compilers:
MRPT_BUILD_APPLICATIONS: By default ON, if unchecked the applications won’t be built. Useful if you only want to build MRPT libraries. Notice that you can also always use the MRPT_BUILD_DIR/libs/MRPT_ALL_LIB.* solution (or Makefile) to achieve the same.
BUILD_xSENS: Whether to use the CMT library for interfacing xSens inertial sensors. Default is ON.
MRPT_BUILD_EXAMPLES: Whether you want to compile all the examples in the “/samples” directory. Default is OFF.
MRPT_WITH_KINECT: By default ON. Uncheck if you don’t have the required dependencies (read above for your OS).
BUILD_SHARED_LIBS: Build static libraries if set to OFF, or dynamic libraries (.so/.dll) otherwise. Default is ON, and it’s strongly recommended to always use shared libs unless you have special need for static ones.
MRPT_EIGEN_USE_EMBEDDED_VERSION: By default O, instructs MRPT to use the Eigen headers in MRPT/otherlibs/eigen3/. Uncheck if you have Eigen installed in the system and it’s visible through pkg-config. It’s recommended to uncheck this option if you have eigen3 installed in your system (today, eigen3 it’s not yet in any distro repository, that’s why it’s ON by default).
MRPT_ALWAYS_CHECKS_DEBUG: If set to ON, additional security checks will be performed at run-time in many classes. Default is OFF.
MRPT_ALWAYS_CHECKS_DEBUG_MATRICES: If set to ON, additional security checks will be performed at run-time in several Matrix operations. Default is ON.
MRPT_ENABLE_EMBEDDED_ENABLED_PROFILER: If enabled, all code blocks within macros “MRPT_BEGIN/MRPT_END” will be profiled and the statistics dumped to the console at the end of execution of any program. Default is OFF.
MRPT_HAS_ASIAN_FONTS: Enables Asian fonts in mrpt::img::CCanvas (see this page), but increases library size by 1.5Mb. Default is ON.
MRPT_HAS_SVS: To enable integration of the Videre SVS libraries to interface their stereo cameras. You’ll need the vendor libraries installed in the system before to enable this option. After setting this option to “ON”, the new configuration fields “SVS_ROOT_DIR” will appear and will be tried to be set pointing to the directory where the library is (As of Aug/2010, this option only works in GNU/Linux).
MRPT_OCCUPANCY_GRID_CELLSIZE: Can be either 8 or 16 (bits). The size of each cell in the class mrpt::slam::COccupancyGridMap2D. Default is 8 bits. More on this here.
For Windows only:
MRPT_HAS_FFMPEG_WIN32: Enable this and (after running “Configure”) then set FFMPEG_WIN32_ROOT_DIR to the directory where FFmpeg binaries have been uncompressed (e.g. “c:ffmpeg-r16537-gpl-lshared-win32”).
MRPT_HAS_BUMBLEBEE: To enable integration of the Bumblebee stereo camera SDK. You’ll need the vendor provided “Triclops” and “Digiclops” libraries. After setting this option to “ON”, the new configuration fields “BUMBLEBEE_DIGICLOPS_ROOT_DIR” and “BUMBLEBEE_TRICLOPS_ROOT_DIR” will appear where the correct corresponding paths must be entered.
For GNU GCC compiler only:
MRPT_ENABLE_LIBSTD_PARALLEL_MODE: Enables the GNU libstdc++ parallel mode (See http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/libstdc++/manual/parallel_mode.html. Default is OFF.
MRPT_ENABLE_PROFILING: Enables generation of information required for profiling. Default is OFF.
MRPT_OPTIMIZE_NATIVE: Enables optimization for the current architecture (-mtune=native). Default is OFF for old GCC versions, ON for 4.2+. If you have an old version of GCC (<4.2), this option cannot be set since it’s not recognized by the compiler. Instead, set USER_EXTRA_CPP_FLAGS to the optimization flags for your platform, for example: -march=pentium4.
MinGW in Windows
Install MinGW: Recommended: https://jmeubank.github.io/tdm-gcc/
Before compiling MRPT with MinGW, it is strongly recommended to compile wxWidgets and OpenCV from sources with MinGW:
Build wxWidgets. Open a command prompt and go to the directory
wxWidgets/build/msw. Then execute the following commands to rebuild the Release and Debug configurations (as shared libs), so CMake can correctly detect wxWidgets:
mingw32-make -f makefile.gcc SHARED=1 USE_OPENGL=1 BUILD=release DEBUG_INFO=0 VENDOR=mrpt mingw32-make -f makefile.gcc SHARED=1 USE_OPENGL=1 BUILD=debug DEBUG_INFO=1 VENDOR=mrpt mingw32-make -f makefile.gcc SHARED=1 USE_OPENGL=1 BUILD=release DEBUG_INFO=0 VENDOR=mrpt mingw32-make -f makefile.gcc SHARED=1 USE_OPENGL=1 BUILD=debug DEBUG_INFO=1 VENDOR=mrpt
As usual with make, add a
-j4or any higher number to exploit parallelization. For building wxWidgets with MinGW for 64bit you will need to add
TARGET_CPU=amd64to the parameters above. Otherwise, even with MinGW64 you will obtain 32bit builds.
Build OpenCV. Use its CMake build system, select the MinGW compiler and follow the generic OpenCV compilation instructions.
Open cmake-gui and select MRPT source directory and an empty target (binary) directory. Press configure and in the compilers dialog pick MinGW Makefiles. If you obtain an error like:
CMake Error: CMake was unable to find a build program corresponding to "MinGW Makefiles". CMAKE_MAKE_PROGRAM is not set. You probably need to select a different build tool.
it means MinGW is not correctly installed in the system. Review the installation process described above. If everything goes fine, you will see the new CMake variables remarked in red. Go through the normal configuration process for MRPT, and when you are satisfied, press Generate.
Open a console and in the newly created binary directory, invoke:
either by writing the full path (e.g.
c:\MinGW\bin\mingw32-make) or by
adding the “bin” directory of your MinGW installation to the system
This should start the normal build process.
Install clang. In Debian/Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install clang
Create an empty build directory and invoke CMake with:
mkdir build && cd build
CC=/usr/bin/clang CXX=/usr/bin/clang++ cmake ..