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Updated Mingw

Welcome to the updated mingw page!

Please you can also refer to this page: on how to install MingW

Step 1 - Download MinGW installer (mingw-get-setup.exe) Run mingw-get-setup.exe and follow the installation step (see Figure 1)

Figure 1: MinGW Setup. You can uncheck the checkbox highlighted in green if you prefer to use the command line option to install the required MinGW packages (see Note 2)


Step 2: Install the following packages using the MinGW Installer(see Figure 2)

  • MinGW Compiler Suit
    • C Compiler (selected always)
    • C++ Compiler (select it)
    • Fortran Compiler (select it)
  • MSYS Basic System (select it)
  • MinGW Developer Toolkit (select it)

Note 1: You really do need to install Fortran; even though Synfig does not require it, it is required by the autoconf configuration scripts. These are the minimal required package versions which are needed to successfully build win32 synfig (version numbers from the 5.1.3 package):

  • mingw-runtime-3.12.tar.gz (429.7 Kb)
  • w32api-3.9.tar.gz (1.6 Mb)
  • binutils-2.17.50-20060824-1.tar.gz (8.9 Mb)
  • gcc-core-3.4.5-20060117-1.tar.gz (3.3 Mb)
  • gcc-g++-3.4.5-20060117-1.tar.gz (4.5 Mb)
  • gcc-g77-3.4.5-20060117-1.tar.gz (2.0 Mb)
  • mingw32-make-3.81-2.tar.gz (95 Kb)

Figure 2: Installing the required packages


Note 2: Windows command line option for installing the required MinGW packages

 mingw-get.exe install gcc g++ fortran msys-base mingw-developer-toolkit 

Figure 3: package installation from the Windows command line


Confirm default installation path C:\MinGW. If you install MinGW into another directory, synfig compilation may fail.


This is installed when you install mingw if you selected, if you feel so necessary to install it open a mingw shell and run mingw-get install msys-base but this command might just be unnecessary


Early version of Synfig used pngtoico tool to produce icons from png files. Unfortunately this tool is broken now. You can see this for youeself by installing the official build of Synfig Studio 0.61.05. The latest versions of Synfig using another tool: png2ico. This tool is not perfect, but it works.

  1. Download it from: (89.9 Kb)
  2. And decompress png2ico.exe file to C:\msys\1.0\bin directory.

Non MinGW packages


Synfig source is now stored in a git repository ( - you can use blackwarthog's fork. You will need the git client to get it. Also, git is needed by the build scripts to receive the revision number of the source. You can download the Windows git version from one of these page:

Get always the latest version available (version 1.9.5, link updated August 2015):

After download and install (I recommend to install to custom folder C:\Git) you must add C:\Git\bin to the PATH. See here to know how to do that. (Environment Variables).


NSIS is the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, a free and open source installer for WinAmp, a popular windows music player.

The latest version as of August 2015 is 2.46:

You can use this or any newer version.


When I wrote this the latest version was 6.3.4-10:

Note: The updated file has not been tested yet -- try here instead

ImageMagick is required to build Studio, also Core has an ImageMagick render target.



Go to this page and download the latest GTK+ devel package for windows:

^^ These links are broken :( Pixelgeek is researching alternate solutions

Though it's not yet tested, you can try either:

You need only install the following components:

  • Gtk+ Runtime (required)
  • Register Environment Variables
  • Devel header/libraries

Confirm registration for environment: MSYS (C:\mingw\msys\1.0).

Install GTK+ to C:\GTK.


maybe this is useful to read too:

Go to this page and download the latest GTKmm devel package for Windows:

If you opted for gtk-dev-2.12.9-win32-2.exe or gtk-dev-2.12.9-win32-1.exe pick this instead.

You need only install the following components (footnote 1):

  • libsigc++
  • cairomm
  • glibmm
  • gtkmm
  • libxml++
(1) if you're using gtkmm-win32-devel-2.16.0-4.exe, then pangomm is a required component.  

For each selected component you may keep only

  • Runtime
  • Development

subcategories. Install GTKmm to C:\GTK.

Collision Resolution

If you have several Gtk-applications (f.e. InkScape), you can receive a strange errors, like "the procedure entry point XML_SetDoctypeDeclHandler could not be located in the dynamic link library xmlparse.dll". Thats mean you have an old version of this library in windows system32 directory, installed by another program. Just search and rename/delete this old library and all will work perfectly again.


Test whether MSYS can find MinGW by running:

$ gcc --version

If it replies command not found, MSYS can't see MinGW. In that case, you will need to edit the text file C:\msys\1.0\etc\fstab so that it includes the line:

c:/MinGW /mingw