TPCCLIB development using C in Windows
This page gives instructions on setting up the necessary tools for compiling TPCCLIB in the Windows environment, for use in the Windows computers. Alternatively, Windows and Linux binaries can be compiled in WSL in Windows 10.
Installing C compiler
C libraries and programs can be compiled using GNU C compiler (gcc) in 32- and 64-bit Windows. Installation on only 64-bit Windows is considered here, but both 32- and 64-bit executables can be compiled using the 64-bit compiler suite.
Install either TDM-GCC, which can be downloaded from
http://tdm-gcc.tdragon.net/, MinGW-w64, which can be
downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw-w64/, or gcc including make and openMP from
If you plan to distribute the executables, TDM-GCC and Equation Solution gcc are easier options,
because they link all libraries statically by default; that leads to increased executable size, but
prevents errors like
cannot find xxx.dll when trying to use the programs on another
If you have a previous installation of GCC compiler on your computer, uninstall those and remove all related environment settings before installing a new compiler and toolchain package to your computer, otherwise you may encounter spurious errors when trying to compile your C code.
Installing build, test, and packaging tool CMake
CMake is an open-source, cross-platform tool which is required to build, test, and package the TPCCLIB software. Download and install the binary package from http://cmake.org. You can use 32-bit version of CMake to build configurations for 32- and 64-bit software on 64-bit platforms.
Bash command line interpreter system facilitates porting open-source software to MS Windows. TPCCLIB test routines are written as bash scripts, which can be executed in Linux and macOS, but usage of bash scripts in Windows requires installation of bash shell. It is not needed to run Windows executables compiled from TPCCLIB source codes.
It is possible to install MSYS using
but the easiest option is to install Git for Windows,
which provides Git bash, UNIX like tools such as
grep, and of course
which can be then used to easily clone the
TPCCLIB source codes.
Some tools, such as
rsync, can be installed from MinGW/MSYS.
In Turku PET Centre: If you are installing Git for Windows in Turku PET Centre, create
first a new environment variable ‘HOME’, pointing to a folder on a local drive which you want to be
your home directory for Git bash; in TPC the home directory would be the very slow
M: drive by default.
Documentation for TPCCLIB gives instructions for compiling the C libraries and executables.
In order to use the compiled programs Windows must be told where to find the program files by adding the directory of compiled executables into the search path. Also the test procedure requires this setting.
TPCCLIB documentation is included in the TPCCLIB source codes, and to reproduce the HTML version of the documentation you must install doxygen documentation system. To include diagrams and graphs in doxygen documents install also the dot tool.
Doxygen can be used from either Windows command prompt window or from Git bash.
- Software development in TPC
- TPCCLIB development in Linux
- PET software
- List of TPCCLIB software
- Command-line interface (CLI)
- Windows Subsystem for Linux
Updated at: 2018-11-03
Written by: Vesa Oikonen