Windows 10 users: Windows 10 features a bash shell that can run linux software directly on Windows. This makes the installation of MercuryDPM much easier, as it no longer requires the use of an emulator or a virtual machine. We recommend you therefore to use the installation instructions for Windows 10. To use this, you have to have an up-to-date version of Windows (it requires the 2016 anniversary update).


Minimum Requirements:

  • Compiler with c++11 features

    • Note, version 4.7 of gcc claims to have C++11 feature. However, the implementation is incomplete and this version of MercuryDPM will not work under this version.

    • gcc 4.9 is minimum version for gcc family of compliers.

  • SVN (subversion) version above 1.7

  • Python 2.x

  • CMake version 2.8 or higher (

  • Doxygen (optional: used for creating the documentation while building your source code)

For Windows (non windows 10) users:

  • Install cygwin to get few of the above packages, goto Download and open the executable (.exe).

  • Use default instructions until you are asked to select packages, see here.

  • Make sure to include the following packages during the installation process (They are found under Devel):

    1. Complete X11 package

    2. cmake: Cross-platform makefile generation system

    3. cmake-gui: Cross-platform makefile generation system (GUI)

    4. Note: cmake-gui is not available in the 32-bit version of cygwin. use ccmake instead (which comes with cmake)

    5. make: the GNU version of the 'make' utility

    6. optional: install gnuplot and gnuplot-x11 (a simple plotting visualiser)

  • Advise: keep your cygwin updated.


  • Open the terminal or shell. Create a directory called "MercuryDPM", at a location of your choice, by typing

mkdir MercuryDPM

  • To get into mercuryDPM, type

cd MercuryDPM/

  • Once in the folder MercuryDPM, download or check out the version 0.11.1 of the DPM source by typing

svn checkout MercurySource

The above command downloads the DPM source code into the folder named "MercurySource"

  • In the current folder, i.e. mercuryDPM, create another directory called "MercuryBuild"

mkdir MercuryBuild

  • Get into the folder "MercuryBuild" by typing

cd MercuryBuild

  • With cmake GUI

    • Assuming cmake is successfully installed, goto directory "MercuryBuild" in order to create the executables from the source code. Do it by typing

cmake-gui ../MercurySource/

  • A GUI pops up on your screen as in the picture shown below

  1. Click on "Browse Source" and locate the "MercurySource" directory.

  2. Click on "Browse Build" and locate the "MercuryBuild" directory.

  3. Make sure option "Grouped" is selected and "Advanced" is deselected.

  4. Click "Configure"

  • After clicking on "Configure", the following window appears on your screen
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    1. Select "Unix makefiles" under specify the generator for this code

    2. Choose "use default native compilers"

    3. Click on "Done"

  • Clicking on "Done", builds all the files in the directory "mercuryDPMSource" and creates the executables.

  • The building/installation progress is visible in the bottom panel of your cmake window screen, as seen in the screenshot below.

  1. Any red line in the bottom panel, indicates that some package is missing or needs to be installed to have a successful "configure". In that case, click on the "Advanced" option to see exactly where the issue is or contact any of the MercuryDPM team of developers.

  2. Once configured for the first time, under the group named 'CMAKE' type 'Release' at 'CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE'. See the picture above.

  • Optional: for documentation tick the box make_BUILD_DOCUMENTATION, in the picture as shown below, before you click on configure.

    • Once you entered all options and configured, click on 'generate'.

    • To check if successfully installed, go to your build directory "MercuryBuild" using the terminal and type

    • If all the tests have passed, MercuryDPM is successfully installed on your machine.

  • Without cmake GUI

    • For users without the GUI, cmake does include an alternative curses-based interface called 'ccmake'.

    • At the terminal, in directory MercuryBuild type

ccmake ../MercurySource/

  1. As seen in the above picture, pressing the key 'c' configures or builds the object files or executables from the source directory (MercurySource).

  2. Moreover, before configuring, 'BUILD_DOCUMENTATION' or/and 'Xballs_Support' can be enabled or disabled.

  3. Cmake experts can toggle to advanced mode by pressing the key 't' to have more options and choices.

  • Once configured, press the key 'g' to generate the executables.

  • To check if successfully installed, go to your build directory "MercuryBuild" using the terminal and type

make fullTest

  • If all the tests have passed, MercuryDPM is successfully installed on your machine.

For Windows users:

  • To avail the benefits of subversion, install TortoiseSVN. Goto . Download and install the program using the default setup (version 1.8.5 released)

  • Open windows explorer:

    1. Goto the folder where you want to copy the MercuryDPM source code, for e.g. "C:\cygwin\home\username\MercuryDpm"

    2. 2. Right click and select: "svn checkout .... "

    3. At the url type ""

    4. Click "ok" and wait for the checkout to finish. Click "ok"

To install mercuryDPM on windows OS: (still to be tested by our alpha tester)

  • Open the "XWin Server" tool (under Start Menu -> cygwin). Now you should a mac/linux terminal.

  • Follow the installation steps listed above for MAC/Linux users. If cmake-gui is not installed use ccmake instead.