Compile and Install Ubuntu

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This page shall help to install the latest GRASS on Ubuntu based systems.

Current Release Branch

The manual is based on Ubuntu 9.04.



sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
  • install dependencies for compiling (in general) and dependencies for GRASS: PROJ, GDAL/OGR
sudo apt-get install grass build-essential flex bison libncurses5-dev zlib1g-dev libjpeg62-dev libgdal1-dev libtiff4-dev libgcc1 tcl8.4-dev tk8.4-dev fftw3-dev libfreetype6-dev libavcodec-dev libxmu-dev gdal-bin libgdal1-dev libreadline5 libreadline5-dev make python-dev python-wxversion swig libavutil-dev libavutil49 

sudo apt-get build-dep grass

  • install SQLite
sudo apt-get install sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev
  • install SVN
sudo apt-get install subversion
  • create a directory as a simple user where source code(s) are going to be stored (in our example we use a directory called src under /usr/local)
sudo mkdir /usr/local/src
  • grant rwx (read-write-execute) permissions for our userid/ groupid on the directory (replace words userid and groupid with real userid):
sudo chown userid:groupid /usr/local/src
sudo chmod ug+rwx /usr/local/src
  • download latest source code from GRASS SVN repository in a directory on the system (e.g. /usr/local/src)
svn checkout grass_current
  • Above command places GRASS' source code in /usr/local/src/grass_trunk. In case of a subsequent update use the command: svn up from within the grass_trunk directory

Before attempting to compile GRASS, READ section (C) in the INSTALL file located in the main directory of GRASS source code entitled: (C) COMPILATION NOTES for 64bit platforms


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  • in our example we used the /usr/local/src directory to store GRASS' source code, so:
cd /usr/local/src/grass_trunk
  • configuration
 CFLAGS="-g -Wall" ./configure --with-cxx --with-freetype=yes \
      --with-postgres=no --with-sqlite=yes --enable-largefile=yes \
      --with-tcltk-includes=/usr/include/tcl8.4 \
      --with-freetype-includes=/usr/include/freetype2 \
      --with-opengl-libs=/usr/include/GL --with-readline \
      --with-python=yes --program-suffix=-svn --with-proj-share=/usr/share/proj
  • compilation
  • compilation is expected to end with a statement similar to the following:
Started compilation: Wed Feb 27 00:24:36 CET 2008
Errors in:
No errors detected.
  • installation
sudo checkinstall
  • launch 64-bit GRASS.6.4.svn


  • in case of errors in future compilation attempts, remember to remove program binaries with
make clean
  • and the files created with the "configuration" from previous compilations with
make distclean
Current Development Branch

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