Getting Autobuild

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Autobuild is under active development, so it's recommended that you get the latest version and keep it up to date:

  • CD to where you want to install autobuild. Do not have any spaces in the path to this directory.
  • Do:
hg clone
  • Modify your path statement to include the autobuild \bin directory

For setting up Visual Studio to use Autobuild, see Viewer_2_Microsoft_Windows_Builds#Install_Autobuild

easy_install autobuild


pip install autobuild

of if you don't have pip or easy_install

hg clone
cd autobuild
python install
KBnote.png Note: Windows' users need to create an environment variable to tell autobuild it should use VC 2010, as otherwise it will default to VC 2003. Find a "My Computer" icon, there are several ways to do this which vary depending on which version of Windows you are using. Usually you can find one through the "Start" menu button. Right-click the icon and select "Properties". When the Properties dialogue opens, click the "Advanced" tab followed by the "Environmental Variables" button. This will open a new dialogue with a list of System and User variables. In the User section, click "New". Your "Variable Name" should be AUTOBUILD_VSVER and the "Variable Value" is 100. Once you have done that, click the OK/Close buttons to clear the dialogues.
KBnote.png Note: On Windows there is no need to perform this install step. Stop here and resume following the Windows build instructions. python install does not work correctly. You will need to edit/rename some files to make it work! See Autobuild/Cygwin for an alternative.

You may need administrative privilege on your system to install into system command directories.

KBnote.png Note: If you are using Cygwin on Windows, you must also add your Python scripts directory (for example C:/Program Files/python27/Scripts) to your PATH. If you have further problems, please see Autobuild/Cygwin
KBtip2.png Tip: If you do not have administrative privilege on your system, or for any reason you wish to avoid adding autobuild into system-level Python or command directories, you can use virtualenv, e.g.:
mkdir ~/virtualenvs  # or any directory for your Python-package environments
virtualenv "$VENV"
. "$VENV/bin/activate"

Then your pip install autobuild command will install autobuild under $VENV instead of into system directories. (Note that this pip install command will work either way. If you have an active virtualenv, it will install into the virtualenv; if not it will attempt to install into system directories.)