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SciDAVis - Installation Notes

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## Generic requirements In order to compile SciDAVis, you need to install the following libraries. Easiest is to use your package manager to install prebuilt versions. - Qt version 5 - Qwt version 5 - QwtPlot3D - GSL - muParser - zlib

For the optional Python scripting feature, you also need: - Python version 3 - PyQt - sip

For the default build, you also often need the QtAssistant package. If not available, you can compile without (see below)


  1. In the top level directory, run qmake:
  1. type “make qmake” Take careful note of any warning/error messages at this stage, as it may indicate installation problems that will cause problems later.

  2. type “make”

  3. To install, type "make INSTALL_ROOT=/usr/local

Windows - MXE builds

The distributed windows .msi is built using MXE, a cross compiler environment creating Windows esecutables on Linux

  1. Clone MXE respository. Use highperformancecoders fork, as it contains needed packages not in the official mxe fork

  2. Install necessary libraries:

  3. Configure scidavis for MXE. If the location of your MXE dist is MXE_HOME, do

  4. Build scidavis

  5. Copy the scidavis directory to a Windows machine

  6. Install WiX

  7. Install Cygwin

  8. Create the install shield from scidavis top level directory

  9. Do a test from the command prompt with

Windows - old installation notes for historical reference

  1. Download the “Qt/Windows Open Source Edition” from http://www.qtsoftware.com/downloads/opensource/appdev/windows-cpp. It comes with a graphical installer. When the Qt installer asks you to install MinGW, say yes unless you already have it on your system. In that case you have to tell the Qt installer where to find it. In the case that PyQt (see blow) does not yet support the latest version of Qt, you can get older versions here: ftp://ftp.trolltech.com/qt/source/.
  2. Download Python from http://www.python.org/download/ and install it.
  3. Download the source code of SciDAVis from http://scidavis.sourceforge.net/download.html and unpack it.
  4. Download the SIP source code for Windows from http://www.riverbankcomputing.co.uk/software/sip/download and unpack it into the 3rdparty subfolder of the SciDAVis package. Rename the “sip-x.y” directory that gets created to “sip”.
  5. Download the PyQt v4 source code for Windows from http://www.riverbankcomputing.co.uk/software/pyqt/download and unpack it into the 3rdparty subfolder of the SciDAVis package. Rename the “PyQt-win-gpl-x.y.z” directory that gets created to “PyQt-win-gpl”.
  6. Download the “Developer files” of the GSL from http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/gsl.htm and unpack them into the 3rdparty subfolder of the SciDAVis package.
  7. Download the source code of the latest version of Qwt from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=13693 and unpack it into the 3rdparty subfolder of the SciDAVis package. Rename the “qwt-x.y.z” directory that gets created to “qwt”.
  8. Download the source code of QwtPlot3D from http://qwtplot3d.sourceforge.net/web/navigation/download_frame.html and unpack it into the 3rdparty subfolder of the SciDAVis package.
  9. Download the source code of muParser from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=137191 and unpack it into the 3rdparty subfolder of the SciDAVis package. Rename the “muparser_vxyz” directory that gets created to “muparser”.
  10. Open the start menu, find the folder created by the Qt SDK and start a “Qt Command Prompt”. Execute “cd ”, then “build”. SciDAVis and its dependencies should be built automatically and installed into the directory “output”.

Mac OS X - MacPorts instructions

These notes refer to use MacPorts. Using other build environments such as HomeBrew is presumably equally as viable, but you may need to hack the config files a bit.

  1. Install MacPorts.

  2. Install XCode and XCode command line tools

  3. If you want to be able to run your build on an earlier version of MacOSX than your build machine, see How to build a Macintosh executable that will run on older versions of MacOSX.

  4. Install the prerequisites for scidavis.

  1. link sip-2.7 share directory to where sip expects it to be:
ln -sf /opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/share/sip /opt/local/share/py27-sip
  1. Add qt’s bin directory to your PATH
  1. Configure scidavis
  1. Build scidavis
  1. Create the installable package

Additional information

Forums and mailing lists:

If you want to discuss SciDAVis with other users (or the developers) or if you are insterested in its further development, you can go to the SciDAVis forum or subscribe to the SciDAVis mailing list.


SciDAVis is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. A copy of this license is provided in the file gpl.txt.

Thus it is “free software”. “Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”. “Free software” is also often called Open Source, FOSS, or FLOSS. When we say that SciDAVis is “free”, we are talking about

That said, SciDAVis is also free as in “free beer”. We do not charge money for anything you can download on our homepage and we will not do so in the future. See here for why we can do this and why we’re working on SciDAVis.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.