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0.10 (stable)
Building Instructions


DuckDB needs CMake and a C++11-compliant compiler (e.g., GCC, Apple-Clang, MSVC). Additionally, we recommend using the Ninja build system, which automatically parallelizes the build process.

Linux Packages

Install the required packages with the package manager of your distribution.

Fedora, CentOS, and Red Hat:

sudo yum install -y git g++ cmake ninja-build openssl-devel

Ubuntu and Debian:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y git g++ cmake ninja-build libssl-dev

Alpine Linux:

apk add g++ git make cmake ninja


Install Xcode and Homebrew. Then, install the required packages with:

brew install cmake ninja


Consult the Windows CI workflow for a list of packages used to build DuckDB on Windows.

The DuckDB Python package requires the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package to be built and to run.

Building DuckDB

To build DuckDB we use a Makefile which in turn calls into CMake. We also advise using Ninja as the generator for CMake.

GEN=ninja make

Bestpractice It is not advised to directly call CMake, as the Makefile sets certain variables that are crucial to properly building the package.

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Last modified: 2024-04-23