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Building Scopy on Windows

Installing the dependencies

Installing MSYS2

Download MSYS2 from here: MSYS2 Download
Follow the instructions on the page linked above to install it, and update it.
When it's done, you need to install a couple of packages (64-bit or 32-bit) that Scopy depends on:


    pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-gcc mingw-w64-x86_64-gdb mingw-w64-x86_64-cmake \ 
    mingw-w64-x86_64-matio mingw-w64-x86_64-libxml2 mingw-w64-x86_64-libusb \
    mingw-w64-x86_64-boost mingw-w64-x86_64-python3 mingw-w64-x86_64-fftw \
    mingw-w64-x86_64-libzip mingw-w64-x86_64-glib2 mingw-w64-x86_64-glibmm \
    mingw-w64-x86_64-pkg-config mingw-w64-x86_64-ninja \
    mingw-w64-x86_64-breakpad-git git tar


    pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-gcc mingw-w64-i686-gdb mingw-w64-i686-cmake mingw-w64-i686-matio \
    mingw-w64-i686-libxml2 mingw-w64-i686-libusb mingw-w64-i686-boost mingw-w64-i686-python3 \
    mingw-w64-i686-fftw mingw-w64-i686-libzip mingw-w64-i686-glib2 mingw-w64-i686-glibmm \
    mingw-w64-i686-pkg-config mingw-w64-i686-ninja mingw-w64-i686-breakpad-git git tar

In order to apply the style guidelines astyle is required:


    pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-astyle


    pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-astyle

An older version of hdf5 is needed, the one that is currently being installed on MSYS2 is not supported:


    wget -q
    pacman -U --force --noconfirm mingw-w64-x86_64-hdf5-1.8.21-2-any.pkg.tar.xz


    wget -q
    pacman -U --force --noconfirm mingw-w64-i686-hdf5-1.8.21-2-any.pkg.tar.xz

This will take about 5-6 GiB on your hard drive.

Installing Qt

The latest version of Qt can be installed using:


    pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-qt5


    pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-qt5

Installing the pre-compiled libraries

Some dependencies cannot be found in MSYS2 (GNU Radio, libsigrok etc.).

To simplify things, we created a ZIP package containing these dependencies in pre-compiled form.

Let's download it and extract it in the MSYS2 folder:


     wget " MINGW_VERSION=mingw64, ARCH=x86_64" -O- | tar -C / --strip-components=1 -xJ 


     wget " MINGW_VERSION=mingw32, ARCH=i686" -O- | tar -C / --strip-components=1 -xJ 

Building Scopy

First, make sure you launch the 64-bit shell of MSYS2. It won't work in any other shell.

Cloning the repository

    cd ~
    git clone
This will fetch the latest sources from GitHub to a “scopy” directory.

Building Scopy

First, let's create a build folder so that we don't pollute the sources with generated files:

    mkdir ~/scopy/build
    cd ~/scopy/build

Then, let's configure the build:

    cmake -GNinja ~/scopy

If everything goes well, it should say “Configuring done” and “Generating done”. If it says that it failed, no need to continue further.

To build the project:


This can take as long as 10 minutes or more, depending on your CPU.

Running Scopy

To run Scopy, it is required to first set a few environment variables.
To do that, click on the Start menu, search for 'environment'.
The option 'Edit environment variables for your account' should appear; click on it.

The following dialog will open:

You will need to create two environment variables: “PATH” and “SCOPY_PYTHONPATH”. First, let's add “PATH”:

  • Click on “New…”
  • In “Variable name:”, write PATH
  • In “Variable value:” write %PATH%;C:\msys64\mingw64\bin
  • Then click OK.

Finally, add the “SCOPY_PYTHONPATH” variable:

  • Click on “New…”
  • In “Variable name:”, write SCOPY_PYTHONPATH
  • In “Variable value:” write C:\msys64\mingw64\lib\python3.7;C:\msys64\mingw64\lib\python3.7\plat-win;C:\msys64\mingw64\lib\python3.7\lib-dynload;C:\msys64\mingw64\lib\python3.7\site-packages
  • Then click OK.

Once those steps are done, the Scopy you built should run. With the file explorer, navigate to:


Double-click on scopy.exe.

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university/tools/m2k/scopy/build-windows.txt · Last modified: 31 Jul 2019 11:32 by DanielGuramulta