Windows development

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Compiling using CMake

At the moment, compiling with CMake seems to be the only way to create a runnable binary in Windows.

Compiling / debugging using CodeBlocks & mingw compiler

Up to and including release 0.0.4 the Win32 builds were supported using the CodeBlocks/mingw development environment, 
in combination with the glade for win32 GTK devlopment toolkit. For release 0.1.0 and later use native mingw 
(see below) or cygwin (see below).


In order to compile the win32 version of Navit, you need the following software development tools:

  • Glade/gtk+ toolkit for win32 from

Glade 3.43 / Gtk 2.12.9

SourceForgeDownload: Gtk+ 2.10.11

SourceForgeDownload: MinGW (select Automated MinGW installer)

SourceForgeDownload: CodeBlocks


Install the packages mentioned above. After everything has been installed you can open the navit.workspace file in CodeBlocks:

Not up to date! Directory projs\CodeBlocks was deleted in 2009


Not up to date! Directory projs\CodeBlocks was deleted in 2009
  • Start the CodeBlocks application
  • Open the navit.workspace file (located in projs\CodeBlocks directory)
  • Set the GTK_DIR enviroment variable in CodeBlocks (Setting/Environment, and select environments variables)
  • the GTK_DIR should point to where you have installed the Glade/Gtk toolkit package (e.g. d:\gtk)

Now you should be able to build/debug the navit project:


ZLIB -lzdll message Settings> Compiler and Debugger..> Global compiler settings In the Linker settings TAB (Add) C:\MinGW\lib\libzdll.a

SAPI You need to download and install the Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1 for this project to build.

Running from debugger

In order to run navit from the CodeBlocks debugger, you have to:

  • Copy the navit.xml file from the source directory into the projs\CodeBlocks directory
  • Copy the xpm directory from the toplevel directory into the projs\CodeBlocks directory
  • Modify the navit.xml to set the map (currently only OSM binary files are supported)

Compiling and running using cygwin

Download cygwin

Download the cygwin setup.exe from [1]

Note: I have been unable to build with cygwin according to these instructions. I suggest you only try it if you are knowledgable
and can improve the instructions. --Nop 13:01, 7 November 2010 (UTC)


You will probably need the following packages from cygwin :

  • automake
  • autoconf
  • gtk2-x11-devel
  • libQt4Gui-devel
  • libQtSql4--devel
  • gcc
  • g++ (for qt rendered)
  • gettext-devel
  • diffutils
  • pkgconfig
  • xorg-x11-devel
  • glib2-devel
  • pango-devel
  • atk-devel
  • libtool
  • make
  • rsvg
  • wget
  • cvs because of autopoint

Prepare the build

When using cygwin 1.7 you can skip this block and continue at cygwin 1.7

Edit and add the following to CFLAGS at line 10:

-I/usr/include/glib-2.0 -I/usr/lib/glib-2.0/include

It should look like this :

         CFLAGS="$CFLAGS -Wall -Wcast-align -Wmissing-declarations -Wmissing-prototypes -Wstrict-prototypes -Wpointer-arith -Wreturn-type -D_GNU_SOURCE -I/usr/include/glib-2.0 -I/usr/lib/glib-2.0/include"

Now run && ./configure

If you get :

checking for X... no

try adding the following parameters to ./configure :

--x-libraries=/usr/X11R6/lib  --x-include=/usr/X11R6/includes
Cygwin 1.7

With cygwin 1.7 is fairly easy to build navit. Install all the required packages(some has diffrent names now). Run the autogen script first


and then configure with the following options:

 ./configure --disable-binding-python --disable-plugins

Build navit

Skip for cygwin 1.7

Currently, building navit will fail at this point, because we haven't found an implementation of the wordexp function for cygwin.

Here's a message in that thread from an actual competent Cygwin user:

The implication of that is a "C library". A "C library" is an "implementation" of reusable code. It consists of a library file that contains the compiled object code and a header file with the matching declarations that goes along with it. The library is implemented as a static archive at build time and simply linked into the app binary. There's nothing to include in that case -- it's already in there.

Cygwin 1.7

Just type make and make install:

 make install

You can use stow for easy install and uninstall stuff without using packagemangement.

Configuration GPS

If this works at all, it's only when running under cygwin. See above for the proper Win32 configuration. --Nop 13:04, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

If you have a gps cable device which spits out NMEA data, you can configure it like under unix. Beware of the following enumeration:

  • ComPort1==ttyS0
  • ComPort2==ttyS1
  • ...


 <vehicle name="GPSOnCom3" profilename="car" enabled="yes" active="1" source="file:/dev/ttyS2" baudrate="38400" color="#0000ff"/>

Running under Cygwin

To run navit under cygwin you need to install the cygwin xorg-server. Than just run navit.

Make a redistributable package

Please read and understand so that you don't infringe Cygwin's intellectual property rights (copyleft) when you distribute the package you've built.

Compiling a native binary using mingw

The main advantage of this method is that it will produce a redistributable binary.


In order to compile the win32 version of Navit, you need the following software development tools

Probably the easiest way to obtain and install all the MSYS packages is to follow the instructions here

For speech support, one option is to use the "cmdline" speech type (refer to Configuration) and a utility such as a Windows port of Say


/bin/m4: unrecognized option '--gnu'

Wrong version of m4, use 1.4.13

Can't locate object method "path" via package "Request (perhaps you forgot to load "Request"?)

Wrong version of Autoconf, make sure the latest version is installed, plus the wrapper (version 1.7). Also delete autom4te.cache.

command PKG_MODULE_EXISTS not recognized

For some reason the necessary file "pkg.m4" containing various macros is missing. Find it and put it in ./m4

Cross-Compiling win32 exe using Linux Ubuntu 14.04.1

This is a quick walk-thru on compiling a win32 exe using Ubuntu as development machine.

Set up Ubuntu to build Linux version

First, setup compiling in linux ubuntu explained in [2]. Here is a quick walk-thru:

Get all the dependencies for Ubuntu in one command:

sudo apt-get install cmake zlib1g-dev libpng12-dev libgtk2.0-dev librsvg2-bin \
g++ gpsd gpsd-clients libgps-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev freeglut3-dev libxft-dev \
libglib2.0-dev libfreeimage-dev gettext

get the latest SVN-source. First, cd into root:

cd ~ 

Now, let's grab the code from SVN. This assumes that you have subversion installed. This will download the latest SVN source and put in in folder "navit-source". You can use any location you want for the source, just to keep it simple we place it right in the root.

svn co  svn:// navit-source

Create a directory to put the build in and cd into it:

mkdir navit-build
cd navit-build

Start compiling and build navit:

cmake ~/navit-source && make

At the end of the process navit is built into navit-build/. You can start navit to see if all worked well:

cd ~/navit-build/navit/

Building the win32 exe

Now that we have set up the basic building environment we can build a win32 exe using the next walk-thru.

Install ming32 and the dependencies

sudo apt-get install mingw32 libsaxonb-java librsvg2-bin  mingw32-binutils mingw32-runtime default-jdk

now cd into the source:

cd ~
cd navit-source

We are going to place the build directory within the source directory. First, make the build directory and cd into it:

mkdir build
cd build

From within the build directory start compiling and building:

cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=../Toolchain/mingw32.cmake ../

And then make the actual build:

make -j4

The -j4 part is used to define the amount of processors the process can use. So if you have a dual-core pc use -j2 If -j4 fails, try -j2 and if that fails try "make" alone.

Known "bugs"

The "locale" folder is generated one level up. because of that the languages in navit are not working Cut and paste (or move) the "locale" folder to the navit folder. This should be investigated anf fixed so the folder is in the correct place after a build. So move




You can run

mv navit-source/build/locale/  navit-source/build/navit/

The country-flags images in the "town" search are not displayed. This could be due to a conversion error during build, has to be investigated and solved but doesn't inflict with the use of navit.

There are a lot of empty folders that are not of use. Also there are cmake folders and files in every folder. You can delete those without any problem.

Windows Mobile/Windows CE

WinCE_development may have details that are relevant for compilation on WindowsCE / Windows Mobile.

You can download now cab or zip file for Windows Mobile and WindowsCE! Highest number is the newest version of NavIt.

Download it and save on your Storage Card. Install it.

Now you have NavIt on your PDA or Mobile Phone.

This is a manual for self compiling (navit.exe)

You need to have a Linux (like Ubuntu). If you didn´t have Linux, start your Linux on Live-CD.

Compiling navit for wince using Download latest cegcc release and install it.

In November 2009 versions compiled using arm-cegcc-gcc (both revision 1214 and release 0.59.1) had problems (threw exception_datatype_misalignment and caused access violations).
Using the variant arm-mingw32ce of CeGCC 0.59.1 it was possible to build a working executable which can be debugged (see WinCE development).

Source cegcc-arm and mingw (TODO dead link)

Current installs in /opt/cegcc. Setup a cross-compile environment:


 #! /bin/bash
 export PATH=$PATH:/opt/cegcc/bin/
 export CEGCC_PATH=/opt/cegcc
 export WINCE_PATH=/opt/wince
 export PATH=$CEGCC_PATH/bin:$PATH
 export CPPFLAGS="-I$WINCE_PATH/include"
 export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="$WINCE_PATH/lib/pkgconfig"
 export PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR="$WINCE_PATH/lib/pkgconfig"

For installation, compiling and configuring please see manual for NavIt on Linux.

Then and configure navit. Example configure for wince:

 ./configure \
 RANLIB=arm-cegcc-ranlib \
 CXX=arm-cegcc-g++ \
 CC=arm-cegcc-gcc \
 --host=arm-pe-wince \
 --disable-readline \
 --disable-dynamic-extensions \
 --disable-largefile \
 --enable-tempstore \
 CFLAGS="-I/opt/wince/include -mwin32 -DWIN32 -D_WIN32_WCE=0x0400 -D_WIN32_IE=0x0400 -Wl,--enable-auto-import" \
 LDFLAGS="-L/opt/wince/lib" \
 --prefix=/opt/wince/  \
 WINDRES=arm-cegcc-windres \
 --disable-vehicle-demo \
 --disable-vehicle-file \
 --disable-speech-cmdline \
 --disable-speech-speech-dispatcher  \
 --disable-postgresql \
 --disable-plugins \
 --prefix=/opt/wince \
 --disable-graphics-qt-qpainter \
 --disable-gui-sdl  \
 --disable-samplemap \
 --disable-gui-gtk \
 --disable-gui-internal \
 --disable-vehicle-gypsy \
 --disable-vehicle-file \
 --disable-vehicle-demo  \
 --disable-binding-dbus \
 --enable-avoid-unaligned \

If example did not run, do this:

 ./configure \
  RANLIB=arm-mingw32ce-ranlib \
  CXX=arm-mingw32ce-g++ \
  CC=arm-mingw32ce-gcc \
  --host=arm-pe-wince \
  --disable-readline \
  --disable-dynamic-extensions \
  --disable-largefile \
  --enable-tempstore ¸\
  CFLAGS="-mwin32 -DWIN32 -D_WIN32_WCE=0x0400 -D_WIN32_IE=0x0400 -Wl,\
  --enable-auto-import" WINDRES=arm-mingw32ce-windres \
  --disable-vehicle-demo  \
  --disable-vehicle-file \
  --disable-speech-cmdline \
  --disable-speech-speech-dispatcher  \
  --disable-postgresql  \
  --disable-plugins \
  --prefix=/opt/wince \
  --disable-graphics-qt-qpainter \
  --disable-gui-sdl  \
  --disable-samplemap \
  --disable-gui-gtk \
  --disable-gui-internal \
  --disable-vehicle-gypsy \
  --disable-vehicle-file \
  --disable-vehicle-demo \
  --disable-binding-dbus \
  --enable-avoid-unaligned \
  --enable-avoid-float \
  --enable-support-libc \

This is basic just to view the maps. Then:


As usual, osm2navit.exe will fail to compile.

 cd navit && make navit.exe

You find navit.exe under (your directory)/navit/navit/navit.exe

Install sync on your system.

For installation you need packages librapi, liprapi2, pyrapi2, libsync. Package synce-0.9.0-1 contains librapi and libsync. You do not need to install it again!


Sync If link is crashed, use this: Sync Link2

libsync: libsync

pyrapi2: pyrapi2

librapi2 librapi2

Once you have navit.exe ready, copy /opt/cegcc/arm-cegcc/lib/device/*.dll on your device.

For Debian use:

synce-pcp /opt/cegcc/arm-cegcc/lib/device/cegcc.dll ":/windows/cegcc.dll"
synce-pcp /opt/cegcc/arm-cegcc/lib/device/cegccthrd.dll ":/windows/cegccthrd.dll"

All other Linux/Unix systems use:

pcp /opt/cegcc/arm-cegcc/lib/device/cegcc.dll ":/windows/cegcc.dll"
pcp /opt/cegcc/arm-cegcc/lib/device/cegccthrd.dll ":/windows/cegccthrd.dll"

Synchronisation with a grahic surface, if connection to device failed:

Packages RAKI and RAPIP you can use.

RAKI you have in packages synce-kde (see Synce).

RAKI is like Active Sync, RAPIP is a little bit like fish:// under Konquerror.

Under SuSE Linux you can run kitchensync (not for all PDA).

For synchronisation you can also use kpilot under Suse Linux (runs not with all PDA) or Microsoft Active Sync under Windows (free download at Microsoft homepage).

You can put your memory card in card reader and copy data. Over console you must type in


before you remove memory card.

Install navit.exe.


synce-pcp navit.exe ":/Storage Card/navit.exe"

All other:

pcp navit.exe ":/Storage Card/navit.exe"

Prepare a navit.xml.wince

Change gui to win32 and graphics to win32.

Fix the paths to your maps "/Storage Card/binfilemap.bin"


synce-pcp binfilemap.bin ":/Storage Card/binfilemap.bin"
synce-pcp navit.xml.wince ":/Storage Card/navit.xml"

All other:

pcp binfilemap.bin ":/Storage Card/binfilemap.bin"
pcp navit.xml.wince ":/Storage Card/navit.xml"

For a start best use the samplemap. Now you can launch navit.exe on the device.

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