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Revision as of 10:12, 2 August 2013

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For general information on how to build Apache OpenOffice from source code, see the platform independent page.

Template:Documentation/Windows For building Apache OpenOffice the Cygwin environment is required. Cygwin is a set of programs that run on Windows but emulate a complete Unix command line environment.

As compiler we use Microsoft's Visual C++, not the gcc from Cygwin. Therefore Visual Studio Express can be used for debugging.

To use this document you should be familiar with a bourne command line interpreter (sh or bash), but you need not be a UNIX shell wizard. Template:Documentation/Tip

Build requirements

Additionally to the general build requirements you need

What Where to get How to install
Windows 7 (recommended), Windows Vista, Windows XP
Cygwin http://www.cygwin.com, 32bit, minimum version: 1.5.10, preferred: current version]

See below for setting up cygwin and the required packages.

Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3138

It brings the Visual Studio 2008 C++ compiler with it.

This is either a DVD image or a net installer. You can either mount the DVD with a suitable tool, burn it do a DVD or use tools like winrar or 7zip to extract files from the ISO file directly. You don't need to install samples or documentation (saves a lot of disk space). It will also install the .NET Framework 3.5 SDK. It might be best to install the Windows SDK into the default directory, and if not that into one without capital letters in the path.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) vcredist_x86.exe, download found here

It is just packed as it is into the installation package.

The exact download URL may have changed. In that case you have to search Microsoft's website.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64) vcredist_x64.exe, download found here

It is just packed as it is into the installation package.

The exact download URL may have changed. In that case you have to search Microsoft's website.

GDI+ Redistributable http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6A63AB9C-DF12-4D41-933C-BE590FEAA05A&displaylang=en. Genuine Windows Validation required. main/external/gdiplus
Runtime libraries 7.1 msvcr71.dll for Mozilla libraries. Search for them on the web or on your PC. These files should be named as all lower case. Sometimes when downloaded they are upper case and this will cause 'file not found' errors towards the end of the build)) main/external/msvcp71
Runtime libraries 8.0 msvcp80.dll and msvcr80.dll for Mozilla libraries. Search for them on the web or on your PC. main/external/msvcp80
Runtime libraries 10.0 msvcp100.dll and msvcr100.dll for Java 7 support - see issue 120979.

Get them from the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86) from the Microsoft site - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/search.aspx?q=Microsoft+Visual+C%2b%2b+2010+Redistributable

dbghelp.dll http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms679309%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

The exact download URL may have changed. In that case you have to search Microsoft's website.

Search for it on your PC or on the web. E.g., it is part of the Windows Driver Kit.

Windows Driver Kit Version 7.1.0 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?id=11800

To enable ATL and ActiveX in the build - it is optional

related configure options are: --with-atl-include, --with-atl-lib-dir, --with-mfc-include-dir, --with-mfc-lib-dir

Microsoft DirectX SDK http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=6812

To enable DirectX in the build - it is optional

related configure option is: --with-directx-home

Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) http://nsis.sourceforge.net/

If NSIS is available, a self contained Windows installer is created in addition to the MSI installer files - it is optional




Setting up Cygwin

Go to http://www.cygwin.com/ and download and install the current version.

Documentation caution.png Make sure that you keep the filetype set to “Unix/binary”.
Documentation caution.png Make sure that the PATH variable in your cygwin shell does not contain any unquoted blanks and quotes, otherwise configure will not work

Cygwin consists of some basic and a lot of optional packages. As building AOO needs some of these optional packages you have to select them in the installer. Here's a complete list of the required packages:

  • Category Archive:
    • unzip
    • zip
  • Category Devel :
    • autoconf
    • bison
    • flex
    • gcc-g++
    • gperf
    • make
    • patch
    • readline
    • subversion (if you want to use svn inside the cygwin shell to checkout and update your working copy of AOO)
  • Category Net
    • openssh
    • openssl
  • Category Perl
  • Category Shells
    • mintty
  • Category Utils
    • gnupg
  • Category Web
    • wget


Within the Cygwin Toolkit, some executables might be symlinks: awk.exe and gunzip.exe, tar.exe (in older releases only). This can lead to a break of the build later, and the symlinks should be replaced by copies of the command they link to.

To check this, execute:

ls -l /bin/awk.exe

whether e.g. awk.exe is a symlink. In version 1.5.24-2 awk.exe is a link to gawk.exe. The shell will show this by putting out “awk.exe -> gawk.exe”. In this case gawk.exe must be copied to awk.exe by executing:

cd /bin
rm awk.exe
cp gawk.exe awk.exe

In case you overlook something here or you have a newer Cygwin version with additional symlinks not mentioned here it's not a problem. You will get a helpful error message about an existing link in the configuration step (configure) later. The message will tell you which link you have to remove and you can do it following the advice given above for the awk.exe/gawk.exe pair.

Configure switches (Windows specific)

Additionally to the general configure switches there are several that only have to be used on Windows or have Windows specific values.

Typical values for the compiler and SDK. If default installation paths are used these configure switches are not needed:

 --with-frame-home="/cygdrive/c/Program Files/Microsoft SDKs/Windows/v7.0"
 --with-psdk-home="/cygdrive/c/Program Files/Microsoft SDKs/Windows/v7.0"
 --with-midl-path="/cygdrive/c/Program Files/Microsoft SDKs/Windows/v7.0/Bin"

For DirectX:

 --with-directx-home="C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft DirectX SDK (June 2010)"

For ATL and ActiveX:


And some more:

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