What you need to build Ogre from source.


This is a small check list of things you need to do before you're ready to build Ogre from source.


DoneInstall paths

Make sure that Cmake and the project are both installed in a folder with no spaces and latin characters only.

Done Compiler Specific Prerequisites

Done Visual Studio

You need the latest service packs for the following versions of Visual Studio:
Visual Studio 2008 (VC9) Service pack 1 and the ATL security fix (available from Microsoft Update)
Visual Studio 2005 (VC8) Service pack 1

Visual Studio Express users do not need a separate service pack or ATL security fix because the latest install download already contains that fix.
Get it from

Done MinGW

Get the latest MinGW installer from here and install MinGW.
Make sure to include the C++ compiler (it is the only required compiler for Ogre, but installing all of them doesn't hurt).
You most likely do not want the full "MinGW Developer Toolkit", but you should check the "MSYS Basic System".

Install it to C:\mingw.

Also add C:\mingw\bin to your PATH. The installer might ask if it should do that for you, but if you did not install with admin rights, this likely did not work. In any case, you should check and make sure it is correctly added to your PATH.

Done Boost

Boost is not required to build Ogre - it's optional. smile
The Boost Threads library is used by the paging component, which in turn is used by the terrain component, enabling background loading and thus faster response times.
It's recommended to get at least Boost version 1.49.0 or newer.
Also, around the same boost version, bjam was renamed to b2, so don't be confused if newer boost manuals require you to use "b2" instead of "bjam" when building. It's actually the same.

Lucky users of Visual Studio 2003 - 2010 can use the Boostpro Boost Installers.
Select your compiler and "Multithreaded" and "Multithreaded Debug".
Be sure to install Boost Date Time and Boost Thread. The default selection (all) makes sure it's installed.

CMake depends on the following environment variables to find Boost successfully:
BOOST_ROOT (C:\Program Files\boost\boost_1_49)
BOOST_INCLUDEDIR (C:\Program Files\boost\boost_1_49)
BOOST_LIBRARYDIR (C:\Program Files\boost\boost_1_49\lib)
Well, at least BOOST_ROOT, but it can't hurt to set the two others.

Building boost from source
As boostpro is not always up-to-date with the newest boost versions, you sometimes might want to build boost from sources yourself.
MinGW users will always have to build boost from sources.

Get Boost from and the b2 executable as detailed on the Boost compile page and follow the chapter 5.2 as a guide on how to build boost from source.
Info For MinGW users: When asked to run "bootstrap.bat", make sure to run "bootstrap.bat gcc" instead.

As an example, this line builds Boost date_time and thread using VC10:
Info Use the Visual Studio Command Prompt when issuing the command.
b2 --build-dir="C:\boost-vc10" toolset=msvc-10.0 --build-type=complete --with-date_time --with-thread

This line builds Boost date_time and thread using gcc:
b2 --build-dir="C:\boost-gcc" toolset=gcc --build-type=complete --with-date_time --with-thread

If you just want all of boost installed, just do the same command without "-with-date_time -with-thread"

When done building, move the contents of boost_dir/stage/lib to boost_dir/lib.
If you are sure you're not going to rebuild Boost, you can safely delete the build directory (i.e. C:\boost-vc10)

Done DirectX

To build Ogre on Windows you'll need the DirectX SDK. As of the release of Windows 8, DirectX is no longer a standalone package, rather it is bundled in the Windows 8.x SDK (latest version is the Windows 8.1 SDK.)

In addition the installation of the DirectX 9 SDK (DX SDK June 2010) is essential for v1.x and even recommended for v2.1.

Done Dependencies

A repository containing a all sources of the Ogre dependencies (along with the necessary CMake scripts) is available here at Bitbucket. Make sure to read our CMake Guide if you haven't yet.

Tip_icon.png The following two links are outdated and only relevant for Ogre 1.7. It is probably the best to simply build the dependencies using the repository and CMake as described above. But you may of course try to use them:
Visual Studio users need to compile the dependencies themselves: Visual Studio Dependencies
MinGW users can grab the precompiled MinGW Dependencies

Unpack the dependencies into either your Ogre source directory, your Ogre build directory or somewhere else.
The directory should be named Dependencies if put either into the source or the build directory (this ensures that the Ogre CMake scripts should automatically find and user it).
If you choose to place it elsewhere, you can name it however you like, as long as you're setting an environment variable OGRE_DEPENDENCIES_DIR pointing to its location.

It's recommended to use the last option - OGRE_DEPENDENCIES_DIR - as it makes it easier to manage several different dependencies (VC9, VC10, MinGW, etc.) on the same computer, against the same Ogre source directory.

Info Additional information for OIS linking error with dxguid.lib can be found in the forums.

Info Building FreeImage with Visual Studio once was buggy (_ITERATOR_DEBUG_LEVEL bug). If you experience any issues, you can compile FreeImage in the following way:
  1. Build the full FreeImage packet on Debug for all platforms
  2. Switch actual configuration to Release
  3. Save the project map and close VS
  4. Delete all temporary folders of the project (look for "Intermediate Directory")
  5. Start VS and load FreeImage project
  6. Build the full FreeImage packet on Release for all platforms