Dev:Build Instructions

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If you are using the released versions instead of SVN, the first 3 steps for each component are not necessary. For released versions, "./configure && make && sudo make install" should be enough.

If you are using packages for synfig's dependencies, you want the development packages not the main packages. Check below for your distribution's packages.


Anonymous access to the Synfig subversion repository for Synfig is enabled! Here are the URLs to the respective repositories:


The later sections of this page can be used for any system, but the following links and wiki pages offer some system-specific help:

  • Unix (Linux/MacOS X/BSD)
    • General: some distros have a pkg-config that doesn't look in /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig by default. So if you are installing in anywhere other than the system pkg-config path, please run "export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig" or similar before building or installing anything.
    • Gentoo: SVN ebuilds are available
  • Windows: Using the cygwin environment for your build, and just having it build mingw binaries seems to make things a little easier.


ETL is a template library, there is nothing to build really, it just needed to be installed.

  1. svn co etl
  2. cd etl
  3. ./bootstrap
  4. ./configure
  5. sudo make install


Requires: ETL, libxml++, libsigc++

  • Debian: etl-dev libxml++2.6-dev libsigc++-2.0-dev
  • Gentoo: virtual/ETL dev-cpp/libxmlpp dev-libs/libsigc++

Optional: libltdl, libpng, libtiff, libjpeg, libfreetype, libfontconfig, libopenexr, libavcodec, vimage (MacOS only, proprietary)

  • Debian: libltdl3-dev libpng12-dev libtiff4-dev libjpeg62-dev libfreetype6-dev libfontconfig1-dev libopenexr-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev
  • Gentoo: sys-devel/libtool media-libs/libpng media-libs/tiff media-libs/jpeg media-libs/freetype media-libs/fontconfig media-libs/openexr media-libs/libavcodec

Runtime: encodedv (from libdv), ffmpeg, convert (from imagemagick)

  • Debian: libdv-bin ffmpeg imagemagick
  • Gentoo: media-libs/libdv media-video/ffmpeg media-gfx/imagemagick
  1. svn co synfig
  2. cd synfig
  3. ./bootstrap
  4. ./configure
  5. make
  6. sudo make install


  • Don't use --enable-half, it is slow.


Requires: ETL, synfig, gtkmm >= 2.4, gtk >= 2.0, glibmm, libsigc++

  • Debian: etl-dev libsynfig-dev libgtkmm-2.4-dev libgtk2.0-dev libglibmm-2.4-dev libsigc++-2.0-dev
  • Gentoo: virtual/ETL virtual/synfig dev-cpp/gtkmm-2.4 dev-libs/libsigc++

Optional: libltdl, fonts (for the images), FMOD (proprietary)

  • Debian: libltdl3-dev ttf-freefont ttf-dejavu ttf-dustin
  • Gentoo: sys-devel/libtool freefonts dejavu
  1. svn co synfigstudio
  2. cd synfigstudio
  3. ./bootstrap
  4. ./configure
  5. make
  6. sudo make install


Requires: sgml processor, ldp docbook stylesheets, db2ps, db2pdf

  • Debian: openjade ldp-docbook-dsssl docbook-utils
  1. svn co synfig-docs
  2. cd synfig-docs
  3. make multiple-html
  4. make ps
  5. make pdf