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  rm -v /usr/win32/bin/moc /usr/win32/bin/uic /usr/win32/bin/rcc
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rm isn't needed with some contrib packages, because they don't contain those files.
== Bootstrap VLC ==
== Bootstrap VLC ==

Revision as of 16:42, 22 March 2010


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, September 2009, December 2009 and March 2010

Install MinGW

Use the main installer 5.1.6 found at http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/files/Automated%20MinGW%20Installer/MinGW%205.1.6/MinGW-5.1.6.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-3.17
  • w32api-3.14
  • binutils-2.18
  • gcc-core-3.4.5
  • gcc-g++-3.4.5
  • mingw32-make-3.81

Update Mingw GCC to 4.4.0

Use GCC 4.4.0, with http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/files/GCC%20Version%204/Current%20Release_%20gcc-4.4.0/gcc-full-4.4.0-mingw32-bin-2.tar.lzma/download

Extract it to C:\Mingw and make it replace the current files (you can use 7-zip to extract the files).

  • Use text editor to change MinGW\lib\gcc\mingw32\4.4.0\libstdc++.la file (line should be library_names='') due to bug in latest MinGW.

It also needs http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/files/GCC%20Version%204/Current%20Release_%20gcc-4.4.0/gcc-core-4.4.0-mingw32-dll.tar.gz/download to be installed otherwise there are warnings about a libgcc_s_dw2-1.dll missing when it comes to compiling the qt4 interface.

Install MSYS

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

AutoTools in MSYS

Update your autoconf, automake and libtool by downloading and installing them, keeping in mind that you need to extract the content to C:\Msys\1.0

You can also compile them according to:

Install libgcrypt in MSys


Install other tools in Mingw

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.


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\1.0 .

Get PKG-CONFIG from GNOME: ftp://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/binaries/win32/dependencies/pkg-config_0.23-3_win32.zip and ftp://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/binaries/win32/dependencies/pkg-config-dev_0.23-3_win32.zip Unzip them to C:\Msys\1.0 .

Install Git and checkout VLC

See Git_Windows.

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


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

rm isn't needed with some contrib packages, because they don't contain those files.

Bootstrap VLC

cd 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 /
  • If Your user name starts from "u" or "x" characters, change config.h (double all backslashes in COMPILED_BY constant to avoid compilation errors) after configuring.


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

Creating self-contained packages

Once the compilation is done, build self-contained VLC packages with the following "make" commands:

make package-win32-base

(This will create a subdirectory named vlc-x.x.x with all the binaries "stripped" without any debugging symbols).

make package-win32-zip

(Same as above but will package the directory in a zip file).

make package-win32

(Same as above but will also create an auto-installer package. You will need to have NSIS installed in its default location for this to work).

  • If you have permissions problems running make package-*, chmod 777 -R the vlc folder.
  • If you have permissions problems running vlc.exe after packaging, rename or delete vlc.exe.manifest

Random bootstrap, configure, and make errors

There have been reports of random msys errors during bootstrap, configure, and make. They usually don't repeat themselves between runs. Rule out that your mingw-msys installation is at fault by building in windows safe mode. Even if this works, it may then be more practical to try a cross-compilation build.