Compiling SeisComP from source code

To build from source you will need to clone from one or more repositories. Here we describe the simplest case only.


For production systems only use the official releases from SeisComP 1, gempa GmbH 2 or compile from the corresponding release tags in this repository.

Before building, install all the dependencies, as described below in Dependencies.

The easiest way to compile SeisComP is to use the Makefile.cvs file provide, which creates a build directory inside the source tree.

$ make -f Makefile.cvs
$ cd build
$ make
$ make install

By default all files are installed under $HOME/seiscomp. This location can be changed with cmake or with its front end ccmake.

Basically the build directory can live anywhere. The following steps create a build directory, configure the build and start it:

$ mkdir sc-build
$ cd sc-build
$ ccmake /path/to/sc-src
# Configure with ccmake
$ make
$ make install

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Check out SeisComP source code from Github

    sysop@host:~$ git clone sc-src  # FIXME
    sysop@host:~$ cd sc-src
  2. Change into the desired branch (if not master) or check out tag

    sysop@host:~/sc-src$ git checkout 4.0.0
  3. Configure the build.

    SeisComP uses cmake as build environment. For users that are not experienced with cmake it is recommended to use ccmake, an ncurses frontend which is launched by the default Makefile.cvs.

    sysop@host:~/sc-src$ make -f Makefile.cvs

    This will bring up the cmake frontend. Press c to configure the build initially. If cmake is being used, the variables can be passed as command line options:

    sysop@host:~/sc-src/build$ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/path/to/install/dir ..

    With ccmake some components can be activated and deactivated such as database backends you want to compile support for. The default just enables MySQL. Once done with options, press c again to apply the changes. If everything runs without errors, press g to generate the Makefiles. ccmake will quit if the Makefiles have been generated:

    *** To build the sources change into the 'build' directory and enter make[ install] ***
    sysop@host:~/sc-src$ cd build
    sysop@host:~/sc-src/build$ make

    If make finished without errors, install SeisComP with

    sysop@host:~/sc-src/build$ make install

    All files are then installed under ~/seiscomp or under the directory you have specified with `CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX`.


To compile the sources the following development packages are required (Redhat/CentOS package names):

  • flex

  • libxml2-devel

  • boost-devel

  • openssl-devel

  • ncurses-devel

  • mysql-devel

  • postgresql-devel (optional)

  • python-devel

  • m2crypto-devel

  • qt4-devel