Building the client from source

Get the source

You can download the source from the source archives or from GitHub

You must run the following command to download submodules if you have downloaded the source using Git:

git submodule update --init

GNU/Linux build steps

If you are running a Debian-based system (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc.) then run the following command to install Signet’s build dependencies

sudo apt-get install qt5-default libqt5websockets5-dev libqt5x11extras5-dev libgcrypt20-dev zlib1g-dev libx11-dev

If you are not on a Debian based system, build or install the equivalent libraries for Qt5 (with Websockets and x11extras), zlib, libX11, and libgcrypt.

To build simply run qmake and then make:

qmake client/

make will create a signet binary that you can move elsewhere.

You will need to install Signet’s udev rule before the client will work. You can find the udev rule in signet-base/signetdev/host/linux/50-signet.rules. Use sudo to copy it to /etc/udev/rules.d:

sudo cp signet-base/signetdev/host/linux/50-signet.rules /etc/udev/rules.d

Mac OS build steps

To install Signet’s build dependencies first install Brew

Once you have Brew, run:

brew install qt5 libgcrypt libgpg-error zlib

To build Signet run:

/usr/local/opt/qt5/bin/qmake client/

The build will create a folder that you can move or copy anywhere. For example:

cp -r ~/Desktop

Windows build steps

First install MSYS2. MSYS2 will provide a build environment and a package manager to download Signet’s dependencies. Once MSYS2 is installed, launch the MSYS2/MinGW-64 shell and run:

pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-gcc mingw-w64-x86_64-make mingw-w64-x86_64-qt5-static mingw-w64-x86_64-zlib mingw-w64-x86_64-libgcrypt mingw-w64-x86_64-jasper mingw-w64-x86_64-openssl mingw-w64-x86_64-dbus mingw-w64-x86_64-libwebp

Now you can build:

export PATH=/mingw64/qt5-static/bin:$PATH
qmake client/ CONFIG+=release

This will build Signet.exe in the release subdirectory. This executable should be self contained and you can copy it anywhere and run it.