Build for Windows

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Build X-Moto from sources

Since xmoto 0.2.5, Visual Studio c++ is no longer required. You can build X-Moto from free software. You can build xmoto.exe from windows or even from GNU/Linux with cross-compilation.


Before we can start to compile xmoto under windows, then we need to get 2 programs called Msys and MinGW. Fortunatly these are packed into one program, so they should be really easy to get.

Therefore go to this site and download the most recent package. Unpack them to a place on your computer, but be aware; DO NOT place them in a path that contains spaces (Like C:\documents and settings). That will cause an error because of a bug.

Setting Msys up

Msys start screen.png

Okay, when Msys and MinGW are placed in a valid folder then open the Msys terminal (~msysForXMoto\msys.bat). It should look like this:

It's from this terminal we'll compile later on. But first we need the most recent source code for X-Moto. To get this, we use the command

svn co svn://

This action will probably take some minutes. It will download the source code, and place it at ~\msysForXMoto\home\xmoto\trunk.

  • Note that in Msys you do not paste with ctrl-v but with the middle mousebottom.

After the download is done, then we need to change directory so we are at the source code. To this we use the command

cd trunk

Msys cd.png

When you got that:

sh ./bootstrap

That won't take a lot of time.

Msys bootstrap.png

And when the bootstrap is done:


This will take some minutes. Be aware of that you maybe some errors, about missing .dll files. Just ignore them and press ok. It won't stop msys from configuring.

It should look like this after the configure

It should look like this after the configure


After the configure comes the real compile. To do this we use the command:


This will take a lot of time if it's the first time that you compile X-Moto. “Make” will produce the xmoto.exe and place it at \msysForXMoto\home\xmoto\trunk\src\xmoto.exe.

Msys after make.png

if it looks like this then you succeed compiling X-Moto!

There is only one command left now when the make is done:

strip src/xmoto.exe

This command will remove a lot of unnecessary debugging stuff and make the .exe files size smaller.

Now we only need to make the .exe run. But we need a lot of additional files which are found in the xmoto directory, therefor the smartest thing to do is to make a copy of the whole x-moto folder (call it my_xmoto).

Then the absolute final thing; copy the xmoto.exe from trunk\src to the my_xmoto folder.

Then Doubleclick and enjoy your own compiled xmoto!

Additional things to know

Insted of downloading all sources codes each time you want to update your svn version, then use the command: