Installing Code::Blocks from source on RPM based distributions

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Install Requirements

Note: Code::Blocks requires GTK+ 2.x. Older distributions might only support GTK+ 1.x.

Upgrading GTK+ is beyond the scope of this document, easier to upgrade distribution ?

Install Development Tools

This has to be installed before starting:

  • zip
  • update-desktop-files (only on SUSE)
  • make
  • gettext
  • autoconf >= 2.5
  • automake >= 1.7
  • libtool >= 1.4
  • m4
  • intltool
  • gcc-c++
  • libstdc++-devel

In Fedora/CentOS, this can be done with:

su -c 'yum groupinstall "Development Tools"'
su -c 'yum install intltool'

Install newer autotools versions (if needed)

If you have CentOS 3 or RHEL 3, you will need to rebuild "automake17" to use instead of automake-1.6:

rpmbuild --rebuild automake17-1.7.9-5.src.rpm

Then you need to invoke bootstrap like this, both on the commandline and in codeblocks.spec:

AUTOMAKE=automake-1.7 ACLOCAL=aclocal-1.7 ACLOCAL_FLAGS="-I /usr/share/aclocal" ./bootstrap

Setup RPM environment

This has to be installed before starting:

  • rpm-build

The top work directory for RPM varies between distributions and setups, but you can find your RPM top dir by setting a variable like:

RPM_TOPDIR=`rpm --eval %{_topdir}`

Non-root rpmbuild environment (recommended)

It is recommended that you don't use the root account to build packages, here is how you set up a minimal user build environment:

mkdir rpm
echo "%_topdir $HOME/rpm" >> .rpmmacros
mkdir /tmp/$USER/rpm
echo "%_tmppath /tmp/$USER/rpm" >> .rpmmacros
cd rpm
RPM_TOPDIR=`rpm --eval %{_topdir}`

You can now build packages without being root (assuming that the spec files are correct). You will still need root access to install.

Install wxWidgets 2.6.x

Note: the following section on the required version is out of date; please do use from the 2.8 branch.

The build requirements in the source RPM are set to a minimum. So it isn't checked whether wxGTK is installed or not. So you have to take a look at it yourself. Note that currently Code::Blocks requires wxWidgets 2.6, not 2.8! So if your distribution only provides packages for wxWidgets 2.8, you need to build wxWidgets 2.6 yourself.

This has to be installed:

  1. wxGTK >= 2.6.0 and its devel package (see
  2. wxGTK-xrc and its devel package (in some distributions included in the packages of point 1)

In later Fedora, this can be done with:

su -c 'yum install wxGTK-devel'

Build the wxGTK RPM from source (if needed)



  • wx-base-unicode-
  • wx-base-unicode-devel-
  • wx-gtk2-unicode-
  • wx-gtk2-unicode-devel-
  • wx-gtk2-unicode-gl-
  • wx-gtk2-unicode-contrib-
  • wx-gtk2-unicode-contrib-devel-
  • wx-gtk2-unicode-debuginfo-
  • wx-i18n-

Install Subversion client

This has to be installed before starting:

Binary packages for Red Hat Linux 9, Fedora Core 1, CentOS 3, CentOS 4 at:

In later Fedora, this can be done with:

su -c 'yum install subversion'

Build Subversion RPM from source (if needed)



  • subversion-1.4.2-1.i386.rpm
  • subversion-devel-1.4.2-1.i386.rpm
  • subversion-perl-1.4.2-1.i386.rpm
  • subversion-python-1.4.2-1.i386.rpm
  • subversion-tools-1.4.2-1.i386.rpm
  • subversion-debuginfo-1.4.2-1.i386.rpm

Install Code::Blocks

Download the Source RPM

1. Download the Source RPM from

Note: SRPM's are for the last stable (10.05); the SVN branch includes the many improvements since then.

Prepare SRPM package from SVN (if needed)

1. You need to get the latest sources from SVN

svn checkout svn://

2. go into trunk, if you haven't already done it.

3. run these three commands in this order

make dist

the last one will create a .tar.gz archive that contains the sources.

4. copy the archive to the directory $RPM_TOPDIR/SOURCES

sudo mv codeblocks-trunk-r*.tar.gz $RPM_TOPDIR/SOURCES

5. build the source RPM, or copy spec to $RPM_TOPDIR/SPECS

rpmbuild -bs codeblocks.spec

This will create a source package in the directory $RPM_TOPDIR/SRPMS/.

Build the RPM package

1. Build the binary package

rpmbuild --rebuild codeblocks*.src.rpm

This will create several packages in one of the architecture specific subdirectories (i386, x86_64, ppc, ...) of $RPM_TOPDIR/RPMS/.

These are:

  • codeblocks: main package
  • codeblocks-contrib: contrib plugins
  • codeblocks-devel: SDK headers
  • codeblocks-contrib-devel: headers for contrib-plugins (wxSmith etc.)
  • codeblocks-debuginfo: stripped debug information

Install the RPM package

Install as root the packages you want (usually codeblocks and codeblocks-contrib) and enjoy Code::Blocks!

su -c 'rpm -Uvh codeblocks-1.0*.i386.rpm'