This page describes the procedures for setting up a Windows machine to compile dRonin firmware and GCS software. (More details on this are at [Tracking Development with Git](🔗))
This version of the documentation is specific to a released version of dRonin. If you wish to build/track next (the latest development branch), please select the "dev" version of the docs next to the search box above.
## 1. Set up prerequisites for the build environment
## Download Required Programs
[Git 2.6.4 or later](🔗) - You **must** use a **32-bit** version. Older versions are known to fail. The latest release should be fine.
Python 2.7.x - get the latest Python **2.7.x** Anaconda distribution from https://www.continuum.io/downloads
Qt 5.6.1 - http://download.qt.io/archive/qt/5.6/5.6.1/qt-opensource-windows-x86-mingw492-5.6.1.exe (use the version with MinGW included, and use the default installation settings). Please **do not** install a newer release, as it will not work.
## Install Required Programs
Install git (default settings are acceptable). You will use this to clone the dRonin repository to your machine. It also provides a bash shell and other Unix-like tools.
Install Python 2.7.x. Python is used when building firmware.
Install Qt SDK. Qt provides much of the GUI framework behind GCS. Also, the compiler and some necessary Unix command line tools are provided.
## 2. Checkout the dRonin repository and build
## Clone the source code repository
Start a shell using the "Git bash" program shortcut.
Next, clone the dRonin repository. If you have your own fork, specify its URL on the git command line instead of the default URL below:
Type these command to install a bash_profile suitable for developing the project:
You may have to edit bash_profile if you have changed any installation paths from the default. Then exit from the terminal using the command below. Once the terminal has closed, start a new "Git bash" instance.
## Automatic download and install of required programs
The dRonin build environment is capable of installing the rest of the tools that it needs.
Next change to the dRonin source directory, install the ARM SDK tools, openssl development libraries, and the zip compression tools used in packaging with the following commands.
## 3. Build the software
After this you can compile everything with the following commad!
## 4. Run GCS
You can run GCS from the command line after a successful build by typing: