To install software from source code in Linux, you can follow these general steps:
- Download the source code: Visit the developers' website or repository, find the source code package, and download it to your desired location.
- Extract the source code: Open a terminal and navigate to the directory where you downloaded the source code. Use the appropriate command to extract the files (e.g., tar xzf
- Install dependencies: Check the project's documentation or README file for any dependencies required by the software. Install them using the package manager of your Linux distribution (e.g., apt-get, dnf, zypper, etc.). Make sure you also have development tools and libraries installed, typically referred to as build-essential or development packages.
- Configure the build: Change directory to the extracted source code folder and run ./configure script. This script checks your system for any missing dependencies and prepares the software for compilation. You can also provide additional options to the script if needed (e.g., ./configure --prefix=/usr/local).
- Compile the source code: Use the make command to compile the source code. This may take some time based on the size and complexity of the software.
- Test the software (optional): Before installing, you can run the software from the compiled source code directory to ensure it functions correctly.
- Install the software: Run sudo make install to install the software system-wide. It might prompt for your administrator password. The installation typically places the executable files, libraries, and other necessary files in appropriate locations.
- Clean up (optional): If you want to remove the source code and compiled files, you can run sudo make clean to delete temporary build files.
Note that the exact process may vary slightly depending on the software package. Always refer to the software's documentation or README file for any specific instructions provided by the developers.