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Build from Source

Before you consider building from source, be aware that there are Nightly Builds
available for Debian + Ubuntu platforms. These are recommended for normal users.

Osmocom projects use autoconf/automake.
The general pattern for building is:

cd source-tree
autoreconf -fi
make check
make install

The ./configure step may need further configuration options, and
./configure will tell you which dependencies are still missing, if any.
See below for project specific details and troubleshooting.

The make step may be sped up by using multiple CPU cores:

make -j 8

We take care to make our builds parallelizable with -j, but in case
make -j fails, issuing a simple make could fix the problem (expecting
this only in libsmpp34).


Which libraries are needed by various Osmocom programs is best resolved during
the ./configure step described below. This script checks for any missing
dependencies and issues corresponding error messages.

Here is a (probably incomplete) overview of dependencies between Osmocom

To build ... ... you also need ...
osmo-bts libosmocore, libosmo-abis, openbsc (source tree only), L1 headers depending on BTS model
osmo-pcu libosmocore, L1 headers depending on BTS model
openbsc: osmo-nitb, osmo-bsc, osmo-sgsn, osmo-bsc_nat, osmo-bsc_mgcp libosmocore, libosmo-abis, libosmo-netif, libosmo-sccp, libsmpp34
openbsc: 3G osmo-cscn (branch sysmocom/iu) libosmocore, libosmo-abis, libosmo-netif (branch sysmocom/sctp), libosmo-sccp (branch sysmocom/iu), asn1c, libasn1c, osmo-iuh
osmo-iuh libosmocore, libosmo-netif, libosmo-sccp, asn1c, libasn1c

Download Sources

The latest Osmocom sources are available from git at,
where each project's overview page displays the actual git URL.

The projects' repository URLs generally are of the pattern:


(To contribute, see Submitting Patches)

For example, to verify libosmocore's git repository URL, browse to and observe the URL shown at the
bottom of the page under Clone: git://

Then download this URL using the git client:

git clone git://

It is also possible to download specific releases' tarballs for each git ref
that is defined. For example, browse to,
click on refs on the top and select any branch or tag, e.g. 0.9.0

All of these download instructions hold true for any of the git repositories
besides libosmocore.

Details and Troubleshooting

Here is a list of the most common configuration items or pitfalls to be
aware of when building specific Osmocom projects.

Non-GNU Systems

On systems like FreeBSD, you need to run gmake instead of make.

General ./configure options

To provide the installation location, which is /usr/local by default:

./configure --prefix=$HOME/my_osmocom_inst

If you choose a non-standard location, later builds may fail to find it.
For example, if you built libosmocore with a custom prefix, a subsequent
build of libosmo-abis, which needs libosmocore installed, may fail.
You can tell a build process where to look for libraries to compile against
using the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable.

Furthermore, when you want to run binaries compiled against libraries
installed in a non-standard location, you will have to use the
LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable to successfully load the binary.
Particularly, the make check step typically runs such binaries,
as well as when you would like to run the installed binaries yourself.

For example:

mkdir -p $HOME/osmo/src
cd $HOME/osmo/src
git clone git://
cd libosmocore
autoreconf -fi
./configure --prefix=$HOME/osmo/inst --disable-pcsc
make -j5


When libpcsclite is not easily available, e.g. when building for a BTS target platform:

./configure --disable-pcsc

Example: build openbsc

Example: build script

Files (1) 1.13 KB example build script laforge, 09/06/2017 11:55 AM

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