Building Renode from source

This document provides detailed information on how to prepare the build environment, and then build and test Renode itself.


Core prerequisites

The following instructions have been tested on Ubuntu 16.04, however there should not be any major issues preventing you from using other (especially Debian-based) distributions as well.

First, install the mono-complete package as per the installation instructions for various Linux distributions which can be found on the Mono project website.

To install the remaining dependencies, use:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install git automake autoconf libtool g++ realpath policykit-1 \
             libgtk2.0-dev screen uml-utilities gtk-sharp2 python2.7

On macOS, the Mono package can be obtained by using a download link on the Mono project website.

To install the remaining prerequisites, use:

brew install binutils gnu-sed coreutils homebrew/versions/gcc49 dialog


This requires homebrew to be installed in your system.

Building Renode on Windows is based on Cygwin and requires you to properly set up the system environment.


  1. Download Cygwin installer.
  2. Install it with an additional module: openssh.
  3. You need to have git installed, either as a Cygwin package, or natively. If you use it as a native Windows application, you have to add the installation directory to the system PATH variable.


Prior to cloning the repository on Windows, git has to be configured appropriately:

git config --global core.autocrlf false
git config --global core.symlinks true

Python 2.7

  1. Download and install native Windows Python framework from the Python website.


Do not use the module provided by Cygwin. If you have Cygwin’s version of Python already installed, make sure that the native’s version location is included at the beginning of Cygwin’s PATH variable.

  1. Add location of the binaries (C:\Python27 by default) to the system PATH variable.

C build tools

  1. Download the MinGW-w64 installer.
  2. Install the latest version with the x86_64 architecture and win32 threads.
  3. Add the location of the binaries (it depends on the MinGW version and installation settings e.g. C:\Program Files\mingw-w64\x86_64-8.1.0-win32-sjlj-rt_v6-rev0\mingw64\bin) to the system PATH variable.

C# build tools

  1. Download VS Build Tools 2017.
  2. Run the installer, select the Visual Studio Build Tools 2017 product and click Install or Modify.
  3. Switch to the Individual components pane and select:
    • .NET Framework 4.5 targeting pack in section .NET,
    • NuGet targets and build tasks in section Code tools.
  4. Add the location of the binaries (C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\BuildTools\MSBuild\15.0\Bin\amd64 by default) to the system PATH variable.

Additional prerequisites (for Robot framework testing)

If you followed the instructions above, Python should be installed in your system. Install the pip package manager and some additional modules to enable writing and running test cases with the Robot framework:

python -m pip install robotframework netifaces requests psutil

Downloading the source code

Renode’s source code is available on GitHub:

git clone

Submodules will be automatically initialised and downloaded during the build process, so you do not need to do it at this point.

Building Renode


On Windows, the building process described in this section can only be executed in a Cygwin shell.

To build Renode, run:


There are some optional flags you can use:

-c          clean instead of building
-d          build in debug configuration
-v          verbose mode
-p          build binary packages (requires some additional dependencies)

You can also build Renode.sln from your IDE (like MonoDevelop or Visual Studio), but the script has to be run at least once.

Creating packages

The build script can create native packages only, i.e., you must run it on Windows to create an .msi installer package, on Linux for .deb, .rpm and .pkg.tar.xz packages or on macOS for the .dmg image.

After completing successfully, the script will print the location of the files created.