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Building SuperTux

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SuperTux 0.3.x: This text describes features that can be found in SuperTux 0.3.0 or later

Some notes for windows users

Supertux development mainly happens on Linux. The source code is written in a portable manner but the tools and development environment for windows isn't there (yet?). However you should be able to get the game built with the help of msys. Find more detailed instructions at Building on Windows.

Mac OS X

Ravu al Hemio has written a guide for Mac OS X Tiger users on building SuperTux.


You will need the following tools and libraries to build SuperTux on your system:

  • gcc compiler &co (gcc, g++, binutils, glibc)
  • gettext
  • autoconf
  • jam
  • SDL (*)
  • SDL-image (*)
  • PhysFS (*)
  • Ogg/Vorbis (*)
  • OpenGL (*)
  • OpenAL (*)
  • libcurl (*) (optional)

You should make sure that you also have development headers and libraries installed for the tools marked with (*).

Most distributions offer separate developer versions for these libraries.


Debian users should run

apt-get install subversion autoconf automake jam g++ 
apt-get install libsdl1.2-dev libsdl-image1.2-dev libphysfs-dev libvorbis-dev libogg-dev libopenal-dev

and (if you want the Add-on Manager)

apt-get install libcurl3-dev

to install them.


Gentoo users should run

emerge -av subversion jam openal physfs libsdl sdl-image libvorbis libogg

Getting the source

The first thing to get started with supertux is getting the latest development resources from the subversion repository. How to do this is described here at Download/Subversion.

Configuring the source

Before compiling the source code you have to configure it so that it gets adapted to your machine. Use the following commands:

./configure --enable-debug

configure checks if all prerequisites are met.

Compiling the source

You can compile the source code from commandline with the help of jam. Simply type


and the game should build. You should Contact us in case of errors or problems.

Setting up IDEs

This section is under construction. IDEs that should be able to handle supertux include:

  • KDevelop
  • Eclipse with CDT

Compiling the editor


To compile the editor you should make sure that you have some additional dependencies available:

  • An already compiled and working svn version of supertux
  • mono or newer
  • gtk-sharp 2.8


Debian users can run the following command to do this:

apt-get install mono mono-gmcs gtk-sharp2


Gentoo users can use this command:

emerge -av ">=dev-lang/mono-" ">=dev-dotnet/gtk-sharp-2.8.0" ">=dev-dotnet/glade-sharp-2.8.0"

Unmask any packages that might be needed on your arch (none needed on either x86 or amd64).


Just install mono and gtk-sharp2 using yum, and don't forget to install gtk-sharp2-devel (gtk-sharp2-2.10.0-3.fc6 and mono-core- worked fine):

yum install mono gtk-sharp2 gtk-sharp2-devel

Download the source for the editor into /some/directory/supertux-sharp. For pkgconfig, you need to include /usr in the path, so for bash:



If you have to use the generic installer from the web, be warned that neither the stable(1.1.13) or current(1.1.15_2) have the correct version for gtk-sharp. The recommended way to resolve this is:

1. Install mono using an all-in-one generic installer

The all-in-one installer will try to adjust your environment through the .bashrc file. This is not a proper system-wide change, so (in Slackware at least) modify these scripts and place them in /etc/profile.d


setenv PKG_CONFIG_PATH {$PKG_CONFIG_PATH}:/path/to/mono/lib/pkgconfig
setenv MANPATH ${MANPATH}:/path/to/mono/share/man
setenv PATH ${PATH}:/path/to/mono/bin

export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="$PKG_CONFIG_PATH:/path/to/mono/lib/pkgconfig"
export MANPATH="$MANPATH:/path/to/mono/share/man"
export PATH="$PATH:/path/to/mono/bin"

Also, add /path/to/mono/lib in /etc/ You may have to login again after these changes so they can take affect.

2. Download the source of gtk-sharp at

3. Compile and install gtk-sharp using "./configure --prefix=/path/to/mono"

4. Verify that the new version is correct by running "pkg-config --modversion gtk-sharp-2.0" (May need to login again for this)


You can compile the editor from commandline with jam. Simply type


and the editor will be built. You can then start the editor with

mono supertux-editor.exe

There are also complete monodevelop project files for the editor in the svn. (TODO write about the hacks needed to actually compile the source in monodevelop).

You might want to read the Editor FAQ at this point.


In my installation, the editor starts with the following output to the console:

INFO:  Using configfile: /home/myself/.config/supertux-editor/settings.xml
INFO:  Supertux is run as: /usr/local/bin/supertux/supertux
INFO:  Data files are in: /usr/local/bin/supertux/data/

On the first run, these paths were not correctly set, so the editor stopped with an error. The editor offers to set the paths interactively, but that didn't work for me. Instead edit the config file settings.xml itself:


Yours will probably look differently, and you have to fill in your appropriate paths. Note that the last directory must exist, otherwise you will run into errors again. Just use the path to data, that should be ok. Do not add any white space between the paths and the tags!