This guide is intended to help developers to get our programs running.
xtb source code is hosted at GitHub.
xtb program source comes with a meson build-system
(see mesonbuild.com for details).
Despite being a rather young build-system, we decided to commit to the
idea of using it for
xtb due to its simplicity and speed compared
to competing build-systems like Scons or Make.
xtb from the source the meson build system can be used.
For a decent Fortran support verson 0.51 of meson or newer is required,
additionally the default backend ninja is required with version 1.7 or newer.
To install the meson build system first check your package manager for an up-to-date meson version,
usually this will also install ninja as dependency.
Alternatively you can install the latest version of meson and ninja with
pip3 depending on your system):
pip install meson ninja [--user]
If you prefer
conda as a package manage you can install meson and ninja from the conda-forge channel.
Make sure to select the conda-forge channel for searching packages.
conda config --add channels conda-forge conda install meson ninja
The recommended build for
xtb is with Intel Parallel Studio using the Intel Fortran compiler and the Math Kernel Library as default backend.
Precompiled, statically linked
xtb binaries for Linux are provided at the release page.
The setup for the linear algebra backend defaults to MKL, therefore, only the compilers have to exported before configuring the build:
After the configuration step the build can be performed with ninja:
Note, ninja will by default use all the threads available on your system.
If you share the build machine with others it might be helpful to reduce the number of concurrent jobs using the
By default the binary will be linked statically, other supported backends are:
|mkl-static||static MKL (default)|
|mkl-rt||MKL real time library|
|openblas||OpenBLAS and if required LAPACK|
|netlib||BLAS and LAPACK|
If you are using the MKL provided by conda-forge you have to link against the netlib backend
xtb can also be compiled with GCC version 8 or later.
For this example we additonally choose to change the linear algebra backend to OpenBLAS, if you have Intel Parallel Studio installed, you can leave out the last argument to get the MKL backend.
The build system will check if the OpenBLAS library provides LAPACK features as well, if this is not the case it will additionally search for LAPACK.
If you are compiling
xtb on Darwin platforms, ensure that GCC is the actual GCC and not clang.
The build can be performed just like before:
After successfully building the xtb program ensure that it is working as expected. Run the testsuite with
All tests should pass, otherwise open an issue.
xtb in production or to pack a release with precompiled binaries the project should be installed with ninja.
The installation prefix defaults to
/usr/local on Linux systems, you might want to adjust this first by configuring your build with
meson configure build --prefix=$HOME/.local
To perform the actual installation run
ninja -C build install
Depending on the installation prefix and your user rights ninja might ask for the
root access to perform the installation.