Compiling on Windows

Here are the steps to compile frePPLe under Windows with Microsoft Visual Studio.

  • Download the source code from
  • Install the required Python packages
    The source code contains a requirements.txt with a list of all packages. You install them with pip:
    python -m pip install -r requirements.txt
  • Option 1: Open the Visual studio project
    In Windows Explorer, right click on any source code folder and select “Open with Visual Studio”.
    Visual Studio will start and configure the project. Visual Studio will report if python or xerces-c aren’t be found. When these are available you’re all set to compile the project.
  • Option 2: Use Cmake from the command line
    This is an alternative to the previous step.
    Open a Visual Studio Developer command shell and run the standard CMake build steps:
    # Make a build folder
    cd <your-source-folder>
    mkdir build
    cd build
    # Configure the environment.
    # If python or xercesc are not found, you'll get errors here.
    cmake ..
    # Compile the source code
    cmake --build . --config Release
  • Test the result:
    Finally, let’s check if it all worked.
    • After successful compilation you will find your binaries in the folder <your-source-folder>/bin.

    • Run the unit test suite:

      cd <your-source-folder>\test
      python --regression