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Building from source

Building from source

For downloading Tarantool source and building it, the platforms can differ and the preferences can differ. But the steps are always the same. Here in the manual we’ll explain what the steps are, and after that you can look at some example scripts on the Internet.

  1. Get tools and libraries that will be necessary for building and testing.

    The absolutely necessary ones are:

    • A program for downloading source repositories.
      For all platforms, this is git. It allows to download the latest complete set of source files from the Tarantool repository at GitHub.
    • A C/C++ compiler.
      Ordinarily, this is gcc and g++ version 4.6 or later. On Mac OS X, this is Clang version 3.2 or later.
    • A program for managing the build process.
      For all platforms, this is CMake. The CMake version should be 2.8 or later.
    • Command-line interpreter for Python-based code (namely, for Tarantool test suite).
      For all platforms, this is python. The Python version should be greater than 2.6 – preferably 2.7 – and less than 3.0.

    Here are names of tools and libraries which may have to be installed in advance, using sudo apt-get (for Ubuntu), sudo yum install (for CentOS), or the equivalent on other platforms. Different platforms may use slightly different names. Ignore the ones marked optional, only in Mac OS scripts unless the platform is Mac OS.

    • gcc and g++, or clang # see above
    • git # see above
    • cmake # see above
    • python # see above; for test suite
    • libreadline-dev or libreadline6-dev or readline-devel # for interactive mode
    • libssl-dev # for digest module
    • autoconf # optional, only in Mac OS scripts
    • zlib1g or zlib # optional, only in Mac OS scripts
  2. Set up Python modules for running the test suite.

    This step is optional. Python modules are not necessary for building Tarantool itself, unless you intend to use the «Run the test suite» option in step 7.

    You need the following Python modules:

    On Ubuntu, you can get the modules from the repository:

    sudo apt-get install python-pip python-dev python-yaml <...>

    On CentOS 6, you can likewise get the modules from the repository:

    sudo yum install python26 python26-PyYAML <...>

    If some modules are not available on a repository, it is best to set up the modules by getting a tarball and doing the setup with python, thus:

    # On some machines, this initial command may be necessary:
    # wget -O - | sudo python
    # Python module for parsing YAML (pyYAML), for test suite:
    # (If wget fails, check at
    # what the current version is.)
    cd ~
    tar -xzf PyYAML-3.10.tar.gz
    cd PyYAML-3.10
    sudo python install

    Finally, use Python pip to bring in Python packages that may not be up-to-date in the distro repositories. (On CentOS 7, it will be necessary to install pip first, with sudo yum install epel-release followed by sudo yum install python-pip.)

    pip install tarantool\>0.4 --user
  3. Use git to download the latest Tarantool source code from the GitHub repository tarantool/tarantool, branch 1.6. For example, to a local directory named ~/tarantool:

    git clone ~/tarantool
  4. Use git again so that third-party contributions will be seen as well.

    The build depends on the following external libraries:

    • Readline development files (libreadline-dev/readline-devel package).
    • OpenSSL development files (libssl-dev/openssl-devel package).
    • libyaml (libyaml-dev/libyaml-devel package).
    • liblz4 (liblz4-dev/lz4-devel package).
    • GNU bfd which is the part of GNU binutils (binutils-dev/binutils-devel package).

    This step is only necessary once, the first time you do a download.

    cd ~/tarantool
    git submodule init
    git submodule update --recursive
    cd ../

    On rare occasions, the submodules will need to be updated again with the command:

    git submodule update --init --recursive

    Note: There is an alternative – to say git clone --recursive earlier in step 3, – but we prefer the method above because it works with older versions of git.

  5. Use CMake to initiate the build.

    cd ~/tarantool
    make clean         # unnecessary, added for good luck
    rm CMakeCache.txt  # unnecessary, added for good luck
    cmake .            # start initiating with build type=Debug

    On some platforms, it may be necessary to specify the C and C++ versions, for example:

    CC=gcc-4.8 CXX=g++-4.8 cmake .

    The CMake option for specifying build type is -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=type, where type can be:

    • Debug – used by project maintainers
    • Release – used only if the highest performance is required
    • RelWithDebInfo – used for production, also provides debugging capabilities

    The CMake option for hinting that the result will be distributed is -DENABLE_DIST=ON. If this option is on, then later make install will install tarantoolctl files in addition to tarantool files.

  6. Use make to complete the build.


    This creates the „tarantool“ executable in the directory src/

    Next, it’s highly recommended to say make install to install Tarantool to the /usr/local directory and keep your system clean. However, it is possible to run the Tarantool executable without installation.

  7. Run the test suite.

    This step is optional. Tarantool’s developers always run the test suite before they publish new versions. You should run the test suite too, if you make any changes in the code. Assuming you downloaded to ~/tarantool, the principal steps are:

    # make a subdirectory named `bin`
    mkdir ~/tarantool/bin
    # link python to bin (this may require superuser privilege)
    ln /usr/bin/python ~/tarantool/bin/python
    # get on the test subdirectory
    cd ~/tarantool/test
    # run tests using python
    PATH=~/tarantool/bin:$PATH ./

    The output should contain reassuring reports, for example:

    TEST                                            RESULT
    box/                         [ pass ]
    box/                                [ pass ]
    box/                              [ pass ]
    box/                                [ pass ]
    box/admin.test.lua                              [ pass ]
    box/auth_access.test.lua                        [ pass ]
    ... etc.

    To prevent later confusion, clean up what’s in the bin subdirectory:

    rm ~/tarantool/bin/python
    rmdir ~/tarantool/bin
  8. Make an rpm package.

    This step is optional. It’s only for people who want to redistribute Tarantool. Package maintainers who want to build with rpmbuild should consult the rpm-build instructions for the appropriate platform.

  9. Verify your Tarantool installation.

    tarantool $ ./src/tarantool

    This will start Tarantool in the interactive mode.

For your added convenience, we provide OS-specific README files with example scripts at GitHub:

These example scripts assume that the intent is to download from the 1.6 branch, build the server and run tests after build.

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