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How to install TSC

NOTE: this install info may be incomplete. It is taken from the file. If you get stuck feel free to ask on the Mailing List or the IRC channel.

Installation instructions for TSC

TSC uses CMake as the build system, so the first thing you have to ensure is that you have CMake installed.

TSC currently supports the Linux and Windows platforms officially. To be more exact, it is tested against Windows 7, Windows 10, Ubuntu 16.10 and newer, and Debian Stretch. It has also been tested to work on Ubuntu 16.04, but has a lot of issues building. We prefer that you use one of the tried and known to work OS'es. Fedora 20 and Windows XP/Vista are unsupported.

TSC can be installed either from Git, meaning that you clone the repository, or from a release tarball, where for the purpose of this document a beta release is considered a release. Finally, you have the possibility to cross-compile to Windows from Linux either from Git or from a release tarball. Each of these possibilities will be covered after we have had a look on the dependencies. Note that if you want to crosscompile, you should probably read this entire file and not just the section on crosscompilation to get a better understanding.


In any case, you will have to install a number of dependencies before you can try installing TSC itself. The following sections list the dependencies for each supported system.

Common dependencies

The following dependencies are required regardless of the system you install to.

  • A Ruby 1.9 or 2.0 installation with rake in your PATH.
  • CEGUI 0.8.5+
  • The gperf program.
  • The pkg-config program.
  • The bison program.
  • OpenGL.
  • GLEW OpenGL wrangler extension library.
  • GNU Gettext.
  • The LibPNG library.
  • The SDL main library plus SDLimage and SDLmixer, all <2.0, which is not supported yet.
  • The SDL_ttf library.
  • The libPCRE regular expression library.
  • The libxml++ library.
  • The Freetype library.
  • Boost >= 1.50.0 (to be exact: boostsystem, boostfilesystem, boost_thread)
  • For generating the docs:
    • kramdown RubyGem.
    • The dot program.
    • The doxygen program.
    • Ruby’s rdoc program.

Linux dependencies

  • The DevIL library.

The following commandline installs all dependencies required to built TSC on Ubuntu/Debian linux:

  apt-get install ruby-full rake gperf pkg-config bison libglew-dev \
  freeglut3-dev gettext libpng12-dev libsdl-ttf2.0-dev \
  libsdl-mixer1.2-dev libsdl-image1.2-dev libpcre3-dev libxml++2.6-dev \
  libfreetype6-dev libdevil-dev libboost1.55-all-dev cmake git g++

Windows dependencies

  • The FreeImage library.
  • CEGUI 0.8.5+.
  • For generating a setup installer:
  • The NSIS tools.

Installing from a released tarball

Extract the tarball, create a directory for the build and switch into it:

  tar -xvJf TSC-*.tar.xz
  cd TSC-*/tsc
  mkdir build
  cd build

Execute cmake to configure and make to build and install TSC. Be sure to replace /opt/tsc with the directory you want TSC to install into.

  cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/opt/tsc ..
  make install

If you want or are asked to, add -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug as a parameter to cmake in order to build a version with debugging symbols. These are needed by the developers to track down bugs more easily.

After the last command finishes, you will find a bin/tsc executable file below your chosen install directory. Execute it in order to start TSC.


Installing from Git

Installing from Git basically works the same way as the normal release install, but with a few preparations needed. You have to clone the repository, and initialize the Git submodules before you can continue with the real build process. These preprations can be done as follows:

  git clone git://
  cd TSC
  git submodule init
  git submodule update
  git checkout release-2.0.0

From there on, you can continue with the normal instructions as per the above section.

Updating The Git version

  cd TSC
  git pull origin release-2.0.0
  cd tsc/build
  cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/opt/tsc ..
  make install

Crosscompiling from Linux to Windows

TSC can be crosscompiled from Linux to Windows, such that you don’t have to even touch a Windows system in order to generate the executable that will run on Windows, and indeed this is how we produce the Windows releases. Regardless whether you compile from Git or from a release tarball, you will need a crosscompilation toolchain for that. We recommend you to use ["MXE":] for that, which includes all dependencies necessary for building TSC. Even more, I (Quintus) have set up an MXE fork that contains versions that I know to work with TSC.

The following commands download and built the MXE environment I have prepared, including all dependencies needed for TSC.

  mkdir ~/tsc-building
  cd ~/tsc-building
  git clone git://
  cd mxe
  git checkout tsc-building
  make boost libxml++ glew cegui libpng freeimage sdl sdl_image sdl_mixer sdl_ttf nsis

This will take a long time.

Now we have to work around bugs in CMake and CPack that don’t find i686-pc-mingw32-pkg-config and i686-pc-mingw32-makensis, but will only look for pkg-config and makensis. Do this:

  cd usr/bin
  ln -s i686-pc-mingw32-makensis makensis
  ln -s i686-pc-mingw32-pkg-config pkg-config

And then edit i686-pc-mingw32-pkg-config with your favourite editor. Replace the part that says

  ... exec pkg-config --static "$@"

with this:

  ... exec /usr/bin/pkg-config --static "$@"

Crosscompiling from a released tarball

Crosscompiling from Linux to Windows works similar as native compilation, except you have to tell CMake where your crosscompilation toolchain resides. First, extract the tarball and prepare a build directory as usual:

  tar -xvJf TSC-*.tar.xz
  cd TSC-*/tsc
  mkdir crossbuild
  cd crossbuild
  cp ../cmake/toolchains/linux2mingw32.cmake .

The last step copied the toolchain file tsc/cmake/toolchains/linux2mingw32.cmake to your crossbuild directory. Edit that file to point to your MXE installation, which should be ~/tsc-building/mxe if you followed the above steps. For this, ensure the CMAKE_FIND_ROOT_PATH line is correct:

  set(CMAKE_FIND_ROOT_PATH "$ENV{HOME}/tsc-building/mxe")

Then build TSC. Be sure to include the new parameter -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE as shown below to make CMake aware you want a crosscompilation with the toolchain file you just edited. Again, you may or may not include -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug depending on whether you want debugging symbols or not.

  export PATH=$HOME/tsc-building/mxe/usr/bin:$PATH
  cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=./linux2mingw32.cmake \-DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$PWD/testinstall ..
  make install

This will give you a Windows TSC installation in the crossbuild/testinstall directory. Copy it to Windows or run it with Wine:

  wine testinstall/bin/tsc.exe

Generating a windows setup installer

The above method will yield a directory testinstall/ that is standalone e.g. for distribution in form of a ZIP file. Creating a setup installer that registers TSC with the registry requires a slightly different approach. If you built TSC already with the above method, clear your crossbuild directory to prevent artifacts.

  rm -rf *

Follow the above guide up until and including adding the MXE tools to your PATH variable (the export PATH=... line). Then, execute the build commands like this:

  cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=../cmake/toolchains/linux2mingw32.cmake ..
  cpack -G NSIS

This will create a TSC-x.y.z-win32.exe file. This file is the ready-to-distribute setup installer.

Note that you shouldn’t install multiple versions of TSC at once using the setup installer. Uninstall any previous version of TSC before installing with another setup installer; the standalone approach does not suffer from this problem.

Crosscompiling from Git

Clone the Git repository and execute the preparation steps. They are the same as for a normal non-cross build.

  git clone git://
  cd TSC
  git submodule init
  git submodule update

Then continue with “Crosscompiling from a released tarball” above.