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When building FARSIGHT for the first time you will need to set up a development environment. FARSIGHT utilizes several large source libraries so ensure that you have at least 25 GiB of HDD space.


Choose a Compiler For Your OS

Popular choices are gcc/g++ on Linux, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008/2010 on Windows, and XCode* on Mac OS X.

*To install XCode/gcc on Mac OS X you may need to install the XCode development environment.

Install CMake

CMake is a tool which generates the makefiles under Linux, the Visual Studio Solution files (.sln) under Windows, or the XCode project files (.xcodeproj) under Mac OS X. It aims to allow developers to build their projects across different platforms with a minimum of reconfiguration.

Note: If you want to take advantage of multicore building in Visual Studio, you can append /MP to CMAKE_C_FLAGS and CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS at each CMake configuration screen.

Install Git

  1. Download [Git].
  2. When it ask for "Adjusting your PATH environment: How would you like to use Git from the command line", select: Run Git from the Windows Command Prompt.
  3. When it ask for "Configuring the line ending conversions: How should Git treat line endings in text files", select: Checkout Windows-style, commit Unix-style line endings.
Make sure the 2nd option is selected.Make sure the 1st option is selected.

Download FARSIGHT source code

FARSIGHT's Git Repository is located at:


FARSIGHT depends on Qt, Boost, ITK, VTK, and VXL.

FARSIGHT's SuperBuild system can automatically download & build these dependencies for you.

Please follow the ManualBuild instructions if you'd prefer to setup these dependencies by hand.

What's next?

Checking the Quality Dashboard

When you start contributing code you can monitor if code and tests you build are compiling correctly on the dashboard machines here:

Submitting results to the Dashboard

You can also submit an experimental build or set up automated builds .

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