Build for Windows

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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.

Preparing for compile

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

You can run the command pwd to know where you are located


When you got that:

sh ./bootstrap 
or just

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. Take a look at this section if you wan't to know more about the configure

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 copy the compiled xmoto.exe in the directory of your normally installed X-Moto and replace it with the other xmoto.exe. For example in C:\program files\XMoto\xmoto.exe

Then Double-click and enjoy your own compiled xmoto!

Additional things to know

In this section can you find things that are nice to know about compiling X-Moto.

Updating your source code

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

svn up

Then you'll only download updated files.

About using commands in Msys

After you update sources via svn up, or if you added or removed something in the source code, and you want to re-compile then you have simplyly to type the command :


It will rebuild only what is necessary. By the way, if you get an error, it's probably because a file called or has been modified. In this case, you've to type :

sh ./bootstrap
./config.status --recheck (or ./configure)


Another smart thing msys can do, is to search in the source code after keywords. To do this we use the command grep.

it works like this: grep [How to look for it][What to look for][Where to look for it]

An example:

grep -i -n x-moto trunk/src/*.cpp

gives the output:

Msys grep.png

Try to write

grep --help

And figure out why we get that output!

More about configure

When you succed the configure, a sort of table comes as you may have noticed. That table tells if an option is enabled or not.

Msys more about configure.png

But it also show which commands you should use to enable a option. For example if you want xmoto to use the zoom option:

./configure --with-enable-zoom=1

Msys after configure with zoom.png

This is the table with zoom enabled