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* If you downloaded a VLC source code tarball, you cant retrieve ''configure-msys.sh'' and ''configure-common.sh'' from [[http://git.videolan.org/?p=vlc.git;a=summary vlc.git]] / extras / package / win32 /
* If you downloaded a VLC source code tarball, retrieve ''configure-msys.sh'' and ''configure-common.sh'' from [[http://git.videolan.org/?p=vlc.git;a=summary vlc.git]] / extras / package / win32 /

Revision as of 01:25, 22 October 2009


MSYS is a helper environment for MinGW, the compiler chain for Windows based on GCC. It is the fastest way to build VLC natively on Windows.

This howto was re-created by Jean-Baptiste Kempf and updated in June 2009.

Install MinGW

Use the main installer 5.1.4 found at http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/files/Automated%20MinGW%20Installer/MinGW%205.1.4/MinGW-5.1.4.exe/download

Go through the wizard, selecting "Downloading and Install" and using the candidate release. Select gcc, g++ and MinGW make. It should download automatically:

  • mingwrt-3.15
  • w32api-3.12
  • binutils-2.18
  • gcc-core-3.4.5
  • gcc-g++-3.4.5
  • mingw32-make-3.81

Install MSYS

Accept Post Install: [y]
MinGW Installed? :   [y]
path to MinGW:       [c:/MinGW]


Update your autoconf, automake and libtool by downloading and installing them, keeping in mind that you need to extract the content of the usr folder in C:\Msys

You can also compile them according to:

Install other tools


Installing mingw-utils is recommended: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/mingw-utils-0.3.tar.gz, extract it to mingw/bin.

Installation of wget too: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/wget-1.9.1-mingwPORT.tar.bz2

Although this is a mingwPORT package it already has a precompiled wget on board. Extract the .tar.bz2 file. It contains wget.exe in the bin subfolder, extract it to mingw/bin.

Install Git and checkout VLC

See Git_Windows.

You can also retrieve the source code from VideoLAN Project: VLC media player source code


pkg-config is a mess, this is not NEWS... And you cannot compile it from Windows because of a few bugs...

Get Glib from GNOME: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/binaries/win32/glib/2.18/glib_2.18.2-1_win32.zip Unzip it to C:\Msys.

Get PKG-CONFIG from GNOME: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/binaries/win32/dependencies/pkg-config-0.23-2.zip Unzip it to C:\Msys.


Take the precompiled contribs from:


Copy them in your ~

tar xvjf contrib-20090813-win32-bin-gcc-4.2.1-sjlj-runtime-3.15.2-only.tar.bz2 -C /
rm -v /usr/win32/bin/moc /usr/win32/bin/uic /usr/win32/bin/rcc

Bootstrap VLC

cp -v /usr/win32/share/aclocal/* m4/
cp -v /usr/share/aclocal/* m4/
PATH=/usr/win32/bin:$PATH ./bootstrap

It should warn about gettext... Just ignore.


sh extras/package/win32/configure-msys.sh
  • If you downloaded a VLC source code tarball, retrieve configure-msys.sh and configure-common.sh from [vlc.git] / extras / package / win32 /


PATH=/usr/win32/bin:$PATH make

If you have Cygwin and others tools installed, try using a shorter PATH inside MSYS shell i.e.

$ echo $PATH