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Compiling ArangoDB under Windows


I want to compile ArangoDB under Windows.

Note: For this recipe you need ArangoDB 2.3. or a version below. For ArangoDB since 2.4 look at the new Compiling ArangoDB under Windows.


While compiling ArangoDB under Linux is straight forward - simply execute configure and make - compiling under Windows is a bit more demanding.


For this recipe, you need to install the following programs under Windows:

  • cygwin

    You need at least make from cygwin. Cygwin also offers a cmake do not install this version.

  • cmake

    Either version 2.8.12 or 3.0.2 should work. Make sure to download the 64bit version.

  • Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop

    Please note that there are different versions of Visual Studio. The Visual Studio for Windows will not work. You need to install Visual Studio (Express) for Windows Desktop. You must configure your path in such a way that the compiler can be found. One way is to execute the vcvarsall.bat script from the VC folder.

  • Nullsoft Scriptable Install System

Building the required libraries

First of all, start a bash from cygwin and clone the repository

and switch into the directory arangodb-windows-libraries. This repository contains the open-source libraries which are needed by ArangoDB.

  • Google’s V8
  • etcd from CoreOS
  • getopt
  • icu
  • libev
  • linenoise
  • openssl
  • regex
  • zlib

In order to build the corresponding 32bit and 64bit versions of the library, execute

make install
make 3rdParty

This will create a folder 3rdParty-Windows containing the headers and libraries.

Building ArangoDB itself

Clone the repository

and copy the 3rdParty-Windows folder into this directory ArangoDB.

Now switch into the ArangoDB folder and execute

make pack-win32


make pack-win64

in order to build the installer file for either 32bit or 64bit.

Executables only

If you do not need the installer file, you can use the cmake to build the executables. Instead of make pack-win32 use

mkdir Build32
cd Build32
cmake -G "Visual Studio 12" ..

This will create a solution file in the Build32 folder. You can now start Visual Studio and open this solution file.

Alternatively use cmake to build the executables.

cmake --build . --config Release

Author: Frank Celler

Tags: #windows