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.


Before you begin

Ogre does not play well with "Software Rasterizers", so if you run glxinfo | grep Software and it finds "OpenGL renderer string: Software Rasterizer", you may need to investigate upgrading your graphics card or its drivers. See jockey-gtk on Ubuntu for driver help.

The easiest way to get Ogre is to install via package manager, e.g.
sudo apt-get install libogre-1.9-dev

 Check Ogre Versions
However, this may be out of date, e.g. for Ubuntu 10.04 only Ogre 1.6.4 is available, although the latest release is 1.7.1. Ogre 1.9 is available for Ubuntu 14.4.

If you want the latest version of Ogre, follow the directions below and then the CMake Quick Start Guide

Done Ubuntu

For Ubuntu Karmic and above:

Compiler And Configuration Tools
sudo apt-get install build-essential automake libtool

Required Dependencies
sudo apt-get install libfreetype6-dev libfreeimage-dev libzzip-dev libxrandr-dev libxaw7-dev freeglut3-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libglu1-mesa-dev

If during Ogre build any headers are still missing, try adding these one at a time, and update the list above please! :-)
  • libxt-dev
  • libpng3-dev
Could probably use libglew1.5-dev instead of freeglut3-dev. It is an open question whether or not libxt-dev and libpng3-dev is required.

Not Strictly Required Dependencies
sudo apt-get install nvidia-cg-toolkit libois-dev libboost-thread-dev

Info While nvidia-cg-toolkit, libois-dev and libboost-thread-dev are not strictly required, you'll want to install them:
  • nvidia-cg-toolkit is used by the Cg plugin for Cg shaders.
  • libois-dev is used as input library for the demos.
  • libboost-thread-dev is used by the paging component and other background threading.

Entirely Optional Dependencies
sudo apt-get install doxygen graphviz libcppunit-dev

Done Fedora

This is a list of packages to install for Fedora 13:

Required Dependencies
gcc-c++ libXaw-devel freetype-devel freeimage-devel zziplib-devel cmake

Not Strictly Required Dependencies
boost-devel ois-devel Cg

WARNING: To install the Cg package, you need to enable the nonfree RPMFusion repositories

Entirely Optional Dependencies
doxygen cppunit-devel

Done OpenSUSE


This is a list of packages to install for OpenSUSE 12.2:

To install these optional dependencies (recommended) you will need to add the OpenSUSE games repo:
Add games repo
zypper ar games

Required Dependencies
zypper in gcc-c++ libXaw-devel freetype2-devel freeimage-devel libxrandr-devel zziplib-devel cmake

Not Strictly Required Dependencies
zypper in boost-devel libOIS-devel cg-devel

Entirely Optional Dependencies
zypper in doxygen cppunit-devel

Done Arch Linux

Run this to install the Ogre dependencies for Arch Linux:

pacman -S boost-libs boost freeimage freetype2 libxaw libxrandr mesa nvidia-cg-toolkit ois zziplib cmake gcc