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Datafreak, 10/29/2009 01:32 PM

Building Quassel on Windows

Software Requirements


Step 1: Install Visual C++ 2008 Express

Step 2: Install Visual C++ 2008 Redistributables.

These will be needed for OpenSSL.

Step 3: Install Platform SDK

Step 4: Install DirectX SDK

Step 5: Install OpenSSL

The first error message can be ignored as the Redistributables were installed.

Now you have to copy the "C:\OpenSSL\lib\VC\ssleay32MT.lib" file to "C:\OpenSSL\lib\VC\ssleay32.lib".

Do the same with "C:\OpenSSL\lib\VC\static\ssleay32MT.lib" to "C:\OpenSSL\lib\VC\static\ssleay32.lib".

Step 6: Install Git

Step 7: Install CMake

Step 8: Update the environment variables

Go to the system settings (Start => Control Panel => System), go to the "Advanced" tab and click on Environment Variables.

First you'll have to edit the "Path" variable. Append the following to the current value:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Bin;C:\Program Files\Git\bin;C:\OpenSSL\bin

Next, create the following new system variables:

  • LIB:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Lib;C:\OpenSSL\lib\VC\static;C:\OpenSSL\lib

    C:\Programme\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Lib;C:\Programme\Microsoft DirectX SDK (March 2009)\Lib;C:\OpenSSL\lib\VC\static;C:\OpenSSL\lib\VC;C:\OpenSSL\lib
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Include;C:\OpenSSL\include

    C:\Programme\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Include;C:\Programme\Microsoft DirectX SDK (March 2009)\Include;C:\OpenSSL\include

Step 9: (Optional Install PostgreSQL an Update the environment variables)

Install PostgreSQL and edit the "Path","LIB" and "INCLUDE" variable. Append the following to the current value:
  • Path
  • LIB:

Step 10: Compile and Install Qt

Create a directory (e.g. C:\dev\) and unpack Qt.

Open C:\dev\qt-win-opensource-src-4.5.3\demos\ and C:\dev\qt-win-opensource-src-4.5.3\examples\ with a Editor and replace all with:

TEMPLATE      = subdirs
SUBDIRS       =

Now open the Visual Studio 2008 command line.

And cd to the directory containing Qt. Now you can configure the Qt installation with the following command:
  • Static without PostgreSQL-Support:
    configure.exe -platform win32-msvc2008 -static -release -qt-sql-sqlite -no-qt3support -qt-zlib -qt-gif -qt-libpng -qt-libmng -qt-libtiff -qt-libjpeg -openssl-linked -confirm-license -opensource -no-phonon -no-dbus -prefix C:\dev\qt-win-opensource-src-4.5.3
  • Shared with PostgreSQL-Support:
    configure.exe -platform win32-msvc2008 -shared  -release -qt-sql-sqlite -qt-sql-psql -no-qt3support -qt-zlib -qt-gif -qt-libpng -qt-libmng -qt-libtiff -qt-libjpeg -openssl-linked -confirm-license -opensource -phonon -phonon-backend -prefix C:\dev\qt-win-opensource-src-4.5.3

Then you can compiled Qt with these commands:


You can close the prompt after this.

Step 11: Update the environment variables again

After installing Qt, you will have to append the following:

  • Path
  • LIB:

Step 12: Compile Quassel

Open a new Visual Studio 2008 command line and go to the "C:\dev" directory again. Use git to download the Quassel source code.

git clone git://

This will create a new directory "quassel" containing the source. When you want to update Quassel later, you just have to go to this directory (C:\dev\quassel) and do a "git pull" to update the source code.

Next, create a new directory in "C:\dev" in which Quassel will be built. In our case, we will simply call it "build". Change to this directory and enter the following command to configure Quassel:

cmake -G"NMake Makefiles" C:\dev\quassel -DSTATIC=1 -DWANT_CORE=ON -DWANT_QTCLIENT=ON -DWANT_MONO=ON -DWITH_PHONON=OFF -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DLINK_EXTRA=dwmapi,Version,shlwapi

And after that:


This will build Quasselcore, Quasselclient and Quasselmonolithic which can be found in the "C:\dev\build" directory.

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