Code::Blocks and Cross Compilers

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This Document will describe howto setup Code::Blocks to use it with a cross compiler. The idea is to create a easy way to develop Software under a platform such as Linux, and create executable for another platform e.g. Windows without booting to the native Operating System.

Linux -> Windows

This will describe howto setup your Linux Box to compile your Code for the Windows platform. Depending on your Distribution the installation of the needed packages can differ. My favorite Distribution is Ubuntu, so this Howto will be Debian like.

Install mingw32 package (Ubuntu 6.06)

First we will need the mingw32 package wich is the cross compiler with some other tools. On my Ubuntu 6.06 i had to enable the universe packages to find it

apt-get install mingw32
cp /usr/bin/i586-mingw32msvc-* /usr/i586-mingw32msvc/bin/

After installation your system is already able to compile some small c/cpp source files wich can be used directly under Windwos. Under Ubuntu 6.06 the mingw32 bin files are located in the /usr/bin directory. You will have to copy some of them to another directory, to make things work easier in Code::Blocks later.

Install mingw32 package ( your work )

Setup Code::Blocks to use the Cross Compiler

To let Code::Blocks know about your cross compiler you have to create a new compiler profile. Go to Settings->Compiler and Debugger Settings and create a copy of the current selected compiler. Type in a Name for the new profile e.g. cross_linux and hit enter.

Now you will have to change some directorys and executabels for the new cross compiler.