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Compiling on Linux

Compiling Mixxx is fairly straightforward on Linux. The steps below outline what to do in order to compile Mixxx.

1. Install build dependencies

Mixxx relies on several external libraries for various features.

Debian / Ubuntu

If your distribution is Debian based (such as Ubuntu), you can install them by running:

sudo apt-get build-dep mixxx 
sudo apt-get install git scons libqt4-dev libqt4-sql-sqlite libportmidi-dev libopus-dev libshout-dev libtag1-dev libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler libvamp-hostsdk3 vamp-plugin-sdk libusb-1.0-0-dev libfftw3-dev libmad0-dev portaudio19-dev libchromaprint-dev librubberband-dev libsqlite3-dev
sudo apt-get install libjack-dev libjack0 portaudio19-dev # because of Bug #1464120
sudo apt-get install libfaad-dev libmp4v2-dev # required for M4A support


On Fedora, enable the RPMFusion package repository. You only need to enable the free repository; the nonfree repository is not necessary for Mixxx. Then run:

dnf groupinstall "Development Tools"
dnf install scons git gcc-c++ rubberband-devel
dnf builddep mixxx


For other distributions, you will need to install the following through your distribution's package manager:

2. Get Mixxx

If you want to compile Mixxx, you'll need to download the source code. Either grab the source for the latest release from our downloads page, or checkout a snapshot from our git repository: (See Using Git for more details & options.)

3. Compile and install

Once you have the source code, change to the newly created “mixxx” directory, and use scons to compile. As a regular user, do:

cd mixxx  # To enter the repository.

(scons -h shows a complete list of build flags if you'd like to customize.)

Multi-threaded build

If you have a multi-core CPU (or just multiple CPUs) use scons -j flag to specify the number of build threads to speed up building. Generally, use as many threads as you have cores. (Note that if you have a CPU with HyperThreading (which looks like two cores to the OS,) ignore the extra apparent one!)

So for example, if you have two dual-core CPUs for a total of four cores, just do: scons -j4

If you have two single-core HT CPUs, do: scons -j2 even though it looks like you have 4 cores. (You don't. Specifying more threads will only slow down the build.)

Build with m4a/AAC file support

If you want to play m4a files, use scons faad=1 flag.

Attention: You've to install the libraries faad2 and libmp4v2 (or libmp4).

m4a/AAC support will be built as a plugin, which you'll need to load with --pluginPath or by installing Mixxx (see below).

Build without shoutcast support

If you don't want shoutcast support, use scons shoutcast=0 flag.

Run or Install

If you want to just run this copy without installing, from the same directory, run: (WARNING this uses and may overwrite user-wide configs)

./mixxx --resourcePath res/

To also run from a different settings Folder use:

./mixxx --resourcePath res/ --settingsPath /*The folder you like*/

If you want to install it system-wide, do:

sudo scons prefix=/usr install

If you are upgrading, it is recommended to first uninstall the previous version of mixxx with the following:

sudo scons -c install

before compiling as described above.

Strongly recommended: To optimize compilation for the CPU you're on if using GCC 4.2 and above, add tuned=1 to the list of scons options. To optimize for another CPU, use optimize=# where # is in the range 1-7:

  1. single-core (P-III and below)
  2. P4
  3. Intel Core
  4. Core 2
  5. Athlon-4/XP/MP
  6. K8/Opteron/AMD64
  7. K8/Opteron/AMD64 w/ SSE3

If you have a Hercules DJ Console, be sure you install the official Hercules Linux drivers.

If you wanted to update later to a newer snapshot, you would go back to the mixxx directory and run:

git pull



If you've got an nVidia card and are on Ubuntu (9.04) and at the end of the build, you see

/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lGL
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

install nvidia-glx-dev by doing sudo apt-get -y install nvidia-glx-dev. Then re-run scons and it should build fine.


  • If you have opensuse 11.0 it can happen that youre libaries are somehow named incorrectly.

following error could occour…

[after checking the dependencies...]

Install root: /usr
scons: done reading SConscript files.
scons: Building targets ...
scons: *** [src/.obj/input.o] TypeError `File **/usr/share/qt4/include/QtCore** found where directory expected.' 
trying to evaluate `${_concat(INCPREFIX, CPPPATH, INCSUFFIX, __env__, RDirs, TARGET, SOURCE)}'
scons: building terminated because of errors.

in this case the file QtCore linked to an non existing directory(../QtCore/QtCore). Fix the link in a console by following command(in the directory with the broken link)

laptop:/usr/share/qt4/include # ln -sf /usr/include/QtCore/ QtCore

with -f you force the binary to discard the old link

it's likely that there are other broken links. commandos are the same

laptop:/usr/share/qt4/include # ln -sf /usr/include/QtGui/ QtGui
laptop:/usr/share/qt4/include # ln -sf /usr/include/QtXml/ QtXml
laptop:/usr/share/qt4/include # ln -sf /usr/include/QtOpenGL/ QtOpenGL 
laptop:/usr/share/qt4/include # ln -sf /usr/include/QtScript/ QtScript 
laptop:/usr/share/qt4/include # ln -sf /usr/include/Qt3Support/ Qt3Support//

it worked perfectly for me using opensuse 11.0_x86, kde 3.5.10_release55

Ubuntu 9.04 or higher

If soundmanger hangs on Ubuntu 9.04 or higher replace PortAudio with an older version.

  • Download »pa_stable_v19_20071207.tar.gz« from
  • Deflate and change into PortAudio directory
  • Run »./configure« maybe try »./configure –prefix=/usr«
  • Run »make«
  • Run »sudo make install«

This overwrites files installed by portaudio2 and portaudio19-dev package from ubuntu. Thus don't reinstall them.

Debian Squeeze on AMD64 jack/portaudio issues

So in Ubuntu the issue is solved for Lucid and later Releases (see Bug #360590)
In debian we still hafta wait for that. Portaudio is still compiled without jack support
on AMD64. So mixxx won't detect jack :/

Solution: build your own portaudio deb: ( reference)

# apt-get source portaudio19  
# apt-get build-dep portaudio19

# cd /portaudio19-*/debian

####  ENABLE_JACK must be explicitely set to "yes" in debian/rules (line 48)
# nano debian/rules

# dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -b

# cd ../
# dpkg -i *.deb

Now restart jack & mixxx.

Now World domination :)

Moving your working copy from one system to an other

If you happen to reinstall your system, or move your checkout to an other development system, scons temp files may cause trouble in compilation, and giving false missing dependency information. To avoid this clean out the scons temporary files with the next commands:

rm -r .sconf_temp/
rm .sconsign.*                                               

Further Reading

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