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In order to build the library, read the `BUILD' document in the `docs'
directory. This is only a quick starter.
I. Unix systems
If you have GNU Make installed, simply type
make install
on the command line to configure, build and install FreeType on your
system. Note that the default installation path is "/usr/local".
Please read the file README.UNX, it contains _critical_ information
regarding the installation of FreeType on many Unix systems.
II. From the command line
If you are not using Unix, there are two ways to quickly build
FreeType 2 from the command line.
The first, and favorite one, is to use the "Jam" build tool. Jam is
a highly portable replacement for Make whose control files do not
depend on the current platform or compiler toolset.
For more information, please see:
The second one is to use "GNU Make" (and NO OTHER MAKE TOOL).
1. Building FT2 with "Jam"
Once you've got *our version* of the Jam tool installed on your
system, simply go to the top-level FT2 directory, then type
on the command line. This will build the library and place it in
the "objs" directory.
By default, a static library is built. On Unix systems, it is
possible to build a shared library through the "libtool" script.
You need to have libtool installed on your system, then re-define
a few environment variables before invoking Jam, as in
export CC="libtool --mode=compile cc"
export LINK="libtool --mode=link cc"
In later releases of FT2, building shared libraries with Jam
should become automatic on Unix systems.
2. Building FT2 with "GNU Make"
You need to have GNU Make (version 3.78.1 or newer) installed on
your system to compile the library from the command line. This will
_NOT_ work with other make tools (including BSD make)!
[Well, this is not really correct. Recently, a perl implementation
of make called `makepp' has appeared which can also build FreeType 2
successfully on Unix platforms. See
for more details.]
- Go to the `freetype2' directory.
- Unix (any C compiler should work):
- make setup (don't worry, this will invoke a configure script)
- make
- make install
Alternatively, you can pass parameters to the configure script
within the CFG variable, as in:
- make setup CFG="--prefix=/usr"
- make
- make install
If the configure script isn't run, try to add `unix' as a target
on the command line, e.g.:
- make setup unix CFG="--prefix=/opt/experimental"
- Windows:
We provide a version of GNU Make for Win32 on the FreeType site.
See for details.
- gcc (Mingw, _not_ CygWin):
- make setup
- make
- Visual C++:
- make setup visualc
- make
- other compilers:
- make setup bcc32 -> Borland C++ 32 bits
- make setup intelc -> Intel C++
- make setup watcom -> Watcom C++
- make setup lcc -> Win32-LCC
II. In your own environment (IDE)
You need to add the directories "freetype2/include" to your include
path when compiling the library.
FreeType 2 is made of several components; each one of them is
located in a subdirectory of "freetype2/src". For example,
`freetype2/src/truetype/' contains the TrueType font driver.
DO NOT COMPILE ALL C FILES! Rather, compile the following ones:
-- base components (required)
src/base/ftmac.c -- only on the Macintosh
-- other components are optional
src/autohint/autohint.c -- auto hinting module
src/cache/ftcache.c -- cache sub-system (in beta)
src/sfnt/sfnt.c -- SFNT files support
(TrueType & OpenType)
src/cff/cff.c -- CFF/OpenType font driver
src/psnames/psnames.c -- Postscript glyph names support
src/psaux/psaux.c -- Postscript Type 1 parsing
src/truetype/truetype.c -- TrueType font driver
src/type1/type1.c -- Type 1 font driver
src/cid/type1cid.c -- Type 1 CID-keyed font driver
src/winfonts/winfonts.c -- Windows FONT / FNT font driver
`truetype.c' needs `sfnt.c' and `psnames.c'
`type1.c' needs `psaux.c' and `psnames.c'
`type1cid.c' needs `psaux.c' and `psnames.c'
`cff.c' needs `sfnt.c', `psaux.c', and `psnames.c'
For more information, please consult "docs/BUILD".
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