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.. SPDX-FileCopyrightText: © 2019-2022 Alexandros Theodotou <alex at zrythm dot org>
.. SPDX-License-Identifier: FSFAP
Installation Instructions
Build Tools
You will need the GNU toolchain, a C/C++ compiler
and the following
`meson (Apache-2.0) <https://mesonbuild.com/>`_
Build system
`guile (GPLv3+) <https://www.gnu.org/software/guile/>`_
Used in various build scripts
`sassc (Expat) <https://github.com/sass/sassc>`_
CSS compilation
If your meson version is too old, you can either
install meson from
`pip <https://pypi.org/project/pip/>`_
or run ``meson.py`` directly from
`meson's source code <https://github.com/mesonbuild/meson>`_.
The following dependencies must be installed before
attempting to build or run Zrythm.
`breeze-icons (LGPLv3+) <https://github.com/KDE/breeze-icons>`_
Various icons
`carla (GPLv2+) <https://kx.studio/Applications:Carla>`_
Support for various plugin formats
`fftw (GPLv2+) <http://www.fftw.org/>`_
Threaded fftw for plugins
`gtk4 (LGPLv2.1+) <https://gtk.org/>`_
GUI toolkit
`gtksourceview (LGPLv2.1+) <https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GtkSourceView>`_
Source code editor widget
`json-glib (LGPLv2.1+) <https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/JsonGlib>`_
JSON manipulation
`libadwaita (LGPLv2.1+) <https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/libadwaita>`_
Additional widgets
`libaudec (AGPLv3+) <https://git.zrythm.org/zrythm/libaudec/>`_
Audio file loading
`libbacktrace (3-Clause BSD) <https://github.com/ianlancetaylor/libbacktrace>`_
`libcurl (X11) <https://curl.se/libcurl/>`_
Network connections
`libcyaml (ISC) <https://github.com/tlsa/libcyaml/>`_
Serialization into YAML
`libpanel (LGPLv3+) <https://gitlab.gnome.org/chergert/libpanel/>`_
Dock and panel widgets
`lilv (ISC) <https://drobilla.net/software/lilv>`_
LV2 host support
`pcre2 (3-Clause BSD) <https://www.pcre.org/>`_
`reproc (Expat) <https://github.com/DaanDeMeyer/reproc>`_
Process launching
`rubberband (GPLv2+) <https://breakfastquay.com/rubberband/>`_
Time-stretching and pitch-shifting
`vamp-plugin-sdk (X11) <https://vamp-plugins.org/>`_
Audio analysis
`xxhash (2-Clause BSD) <https://cyan4973.github.io/xxHash/>`_
`zstd (3-Clause BSD) <https://github.com/facebook/zstd>`_
`boost (Boost) <https://www.boost.org/>`_
C++ utilities required for bundled plugins
`jack (LGPLv2.1+) <https://jackaudio.org/>`_
Low latency audio/MIDI backend
`lsp-dsp-lib (LGPLv3+) <https://github.com/sadko4u/lsp-dsp-lib>`_
SIMD-optimized signal processing
`libguile (GPLv3+) <https://www.gnu.org/software/guile/>`_
Scripting support
`graphviz (EPLv1.0) <http://graphviz.org/>`_
Process graph export
`rtaudio (Expat) <http://www.music.mcgill.ca/~gary/rtaudio/>`_
Various audio backends
`rtmidi (Expat) <https://www.music.mcgill.ca/~gary/rtmidi/>`_
Various MIDI backends
`SDL2 (zlib) <https://www.libsdl.org/>`_
Audio backend
Dependency package names for various distros
can be found `here <https://git.sr.ht/~alextee/zrythm-builds/tree/master/item/.builds>`_
and `here <https://git.sr.ht/~alextee/zrythm-builds2/tree/master/item/.builds>`_
Configure the build directory, optionally passing options::
meson setup build -Doption_name=value
To see all available options, type the following
after the build directory is initialized, or look
inside `meson_options.txt <meson_options.txt>`_.
Built-in meson options can be found
`here <https://mesonbuild.com/Builtin-options.html>`_::
meson configure build
To change an option after configuration, use::
meson configure build -Doption_name=value
To change environment variables (such as ``CC`` and
``CXX``) while keeping the current configuration, use::
MY_ENV_VARIABLE=myvalue meson build --wipe
To start from scratch, remove the ``build`` directory::
rm -rf build
The default build type is ``debugoptmized``, which
is equivalent to ``-Ddebug=true -Doptimization=2``
(``-O2 -g``). This works well in most cases. For
extremely optimized builds, we suggest building with
the following options::
-Ddebug=true -Doptimization=3 -Dextra_optimizations=true -Dnative_build=true
We suggest always keeping ``-Ddebug=true`` to assist
with meaningful stack traces and bug reports.
Compile after configuring the build directory::
meson compile -C build
To clean the build directory while keeping the
current configuration, use::
meson compile --clean -C build
Once the program is built, it will need to be
installed the first time before it can run (to
install the `GSettings <https://developer.gnome.org/gio/stable/GSettings.html>`_ among other things)::
meson install -C build
If you don't want to install anything permanent on
your system, you can install it somewhere
temporary by configuring with
``--prefix=/tmp/zrythm`` for example, and
then you can run it with
When running Zrythm from the command line, it is
recommended to use ``zrythm_launch`` instead of
running the ``zrythm`` binary directly. This takes
care of using the correct GSettings schemas and
other resources in the installed prefix.
For debugging and other developer tools, see