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# Welcome to Exiv2 Exiv2 is a C++ library and a command-line utility to read, write, delete and modify Exif, IPTC, XMP and ICC image metadata. | Exiv2 Resource | Location | |:---------- |:------ | | Releases and Documentation
Project Resources
License (GPLv2)
CMake Downloads | [](
[]( | | | User Manual. _This document_
Conan User Manual _[click here](
Sample Code Manual. _[click here]( | The file ReadMe.txt in a build bundle describes how to install the library on the platform. ReadMe.txt also documents how to compile and link code on the platform.
### TABLE OF CONTENTS ![Exiv2](exiv2.png) 1. [Welcome to Exiv2](#1) 2. [Building, Installing, Using and Uninstalling Exiv2](#2) 1. [Build, Install, Use and Uninstall Exiv2 on a UNIX-like system](#2-1) 2. [Build and Install Exiv2 with Visual Studio](#2-2) 3. [Build Options](#2-3) 4. [Dependencies](#2-4) 5. [Building and linking your code with Exiv2](#2-5) 6. [Consuming Exiv2 with CMake](#2-6) 7. [Using pkg-config to compile and link your code with Exiv2](#2-7) 8. [Localisation](#2-8) 9. [Building Exiv2 Documentation](#2-9) 10. [Building Exiv2 Packages](#2-10) 11. [Debugging Exiv2](#2-11) 12. [Building Exiv2 with Clang and other build chains](#2-12) 13. [Building Exiv2 with ccache](#2-13) 14. [Thread Safety](#2-14) 15. [Library Initialisation and Cleanup](#2-15) 16. [Cross Platform Build and Test on Linux for MinGW](#2-16) 17. [Building with C++11 and other compilers](#2-17) 18. [Static and Shared Libraries](#2-18) 3. [License and Support](#3) 1. [License](#3-1) 2. [Support](#3-2) 4. [Test Suit](#4) 1. [Running tests on a UNIX-like system](#4-1) 2. [Running tests on Visual Studio builds](#4-2) 3. [Unit tests](#4-3) 4. [Python tests](#4-4) 5. [Test Summary](#4-5) 5. [Platform Notes](#5) 1. [Linux](#5-1) 2. [macOS](#5-2) 3. [MinGW/msys2](#5-3) 4. [Cygwin](#5-4) 5. [Microsoft Visual C++](#5-5) 6. [Unix](#5-6) [TOC](#TOC)
## 2 Building, Installing, Using and Uninstalling Exiv2 You need [CMake]( to configure the Exiv2 project and the GCC or Clang compiler and associated tool chain.
### 2.1 Build, Install, Use Exiv2 on a UNIX-like system ?wzxhzdk:0? This will install the library into the "standard locations". The library will be installed in `/usr/local/lib`, executables (including the exiv2 command-line program) in `/usr/local/bin/` and header files in `/usr/local/include/exiv2` #### Using the exiv2 command-line program To execute the exiv2 command line program, you should update your path to search /usr/local/bin/ ?wzxhzdk:1? You will also need to locate libexiv2 at run time: ?wzxhzdk:2? [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.2 Build and Install Exiv2 with Visual Studio We recommend that you use conan to download the Exiv2 external dependencies on Windows. On other platforms (maxOS, Ubuntu and others), you should use the platform package manger. These are discussed: [Platform Notes](#5) The options to configure and compile the project using Visual Studio are similar to UNIX like systems. See [README-CONAN]( for more information about Conan. [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.3 Build options There are two groups of CMake options. There are many options defined by CMake. Here are some particularly useful options: | Options | Purpose (_default_) | |:------------- |:------------- | | CMAKE\_INSTALL\_PREFIX
BUILD\_SHARED\_LIBS | Where to install on your computer _**(/usr/local)**_
Type of build _**(Release)**_ See: [Debugging Exiv2](#2-11)
Build exiv2lib as shared or static _**(On)**_ | Options defined by <exiv2>/CMakeLists.txt include: ?wzxhzdk:3? Options are defined on the CMake command-line: ?wzxhzdk:4? [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.4 Dependencies The following Exiv2 features require external libraries: | Feature | Package | Default | To change default | Availability | |:-------------------------- |:-------- |:--------:| :---------------------------- |:----------- | | PNG image support | zlib | ON | -DEXIV2\_ENABLE\_PNG=Off | []( | | XMP support | expat | ON | -DEXIV2\_ENABLE\_XMP=Off | [](
Use _**Expat 2.2.6**_ and later | | Natural language system | gettext | OFF | -DEXIV2\_ENABLE\_NLS=On | []( | On UNIX systems, you may install the dependencies using the distribution's package management system. Install the development package of a dependency to install the header files and libraries required to build Exiv2. The script `ci/` is used to setup CI images on which we build and test Exiv2 on many platforms when we modify code. You may find that helpful in setting up your platform dependencies. Natural language system is discussed in more detail here: [Localisation](#2-8) Notes about different platforms are included here: [Platform Notes](#5) You may choose to install dependences with conan. This is supported on all platforms and is especially useful for users of Visual Studio. See [README-CONAN]( for more information. [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.5 Building and linking your code with Exiv2 There are detailed platform notes about compiling and linking in `releasenotes/{platform}/ReadMe.txt` where `platform: { CYGWIN | Darwin | Linux | MinGW | msvc | Unix }` In general you need to do the following: 1) Application code should be written in C++98 and include exiv2 headers: ?wzxhzdk:5? 2) Compile your C++ code with the directive: **`-I/usr/local/include`** 3) Link your code with libexiv2 using the linker options: **`-lexiv2`** and **`-L/usr/local/lib`** The following is a typical command to build and link with libexiv2: ?wzxhzdk:6? [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.6 Consuming Exiv2 with CMake When exiv2 is installed, the files required to consume Exiv2 are installed in `${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX}/lib/cmake/exiv2` You can build samples/exifprint.cpp as follows: ?wzxhzdk:7? [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.7 Using pkg-config to compile and link your code with Exiv2 When exiv2 is installed, the file exiv2.pc used by pkg-config is installed in `${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX}/lib/pkgconfig` You will need to set the following in your environment: ?wzxhzdk:8? To compile and link using exiv2.pc, you usually add the following to your Makefile. ?wzxhzdk:9? If you are not using make, you can use pkg-config as follows: ?wzxhzdk:10? [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.8 Localisation Localisation is supported on a UNIX-like platform: Linux, macOS, Cygwin and MinGW/msys2. Localisation is not supported for Visual Studio builds. To build localisation support, use the CMake option `-DEXIV2_ENABLE_NLS=On`. You must install the `gettext` package with your package manager or from source. The `gettext` package is available from []( and includes the library `libintl` and utilities to build localisation files. If CMake produces error messages which mention libintl or gettext, you should verify that the package `gettext` has been correctly built and installed. You must install the build to test localisation. This ensures that the localisation message files can be found at run-time. You cannot test localisation in the directory `build\bin`. 1) Running exiv2 in another language ?wzxhzdk:11? 2) Adding additional languages to exiv2 To support a new language which we'll designate 'xy' for this discussion: 2.1) Generate a po file from the po template: ?wzxhzdk:12? 2.2) Edit/Translate the strings in po/xy.po I edited the following: ?wzxhzdk:13? to: ?wzxhzdk:14? 2.3) Generate the messages file: ?wzxhzdk:15? 2.4) Install and test your messages: You have to install your messages to test them. It's not possible to test a messages file by executing build/bin/exiv2. ?wzxhzdk:16? 2.5) Submitting your new language file for inclusion in future versions of Exiv2: You may submit a PR which contains po/xy.po AND a modification to po/CMakeLists.txt Or, open a new issue on and attach the file which can be created as follows: ?wzxhzdk:17? [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.9 Building Exiv2 Documentation Building documentation requires installing special tools. You will probably prefer to read the documentation on-line from the project website: To build documentation, use the CMake option **`-DEXIV2_BUILD_DOC=On`**. Additionally, you will require an additional build step to actually build the documentation. ?wzxhzdk:18? To build the documentation, you must install the following products: | Product | Availability | |:------------ |:------------ | | doxygen
md5sum | [](
[]( | [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.10 Building Exiv2 Packages To enable the building of Exiv2 packages, use the CMake option `-DEXIV2_TEAM_PACKAGING=On`. You should not build Exiv2 Packages. This feature is intended for use by Team Exiv2 to create Platform and Source Packages on the buildserver. There are two types of Exiv2 packages which are generated by cpack from the cmake command-line. 1) Platform Package (header files, binary library and samples. Some documentation and release notes) Create and build exiv2 for your platform. ?wzxhzdk:19? 2) Source Package ?wzxhzdk:20? You may prefer to run `$ cmake --build . --config Release --target package_source` [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.11 Debugging Exiv2 1) Generating and installing a debug library In general to generate a debug library, you should use the option *cmake* option `-DCMAKE_RELEASE_TYPE=Debug` and build in the usual way. ?wzxhzdk:21? You must install the library to ensure that your code is linked to the debug library. You can check that you have generated a debug build with the command: ?wzxhzdk:22? [TOC](#TOC) 2) About preprocessor symbols `NDEBUG` and `EXIV2_DEBUG_MESSAGES` Exiv2 respects the symbol `NDEBUG` which is set only for Release builds. There are sequences of code which are defined within: ?wzxhzdk:23? Those blocks of code are not compiled unless you define `EXIV2_DEBUG_MESSAGES`. They are provided for additional debugging information. For example, if you are interested in additional output from webpimage.cpp, you can update your build as follows: ?wzxhzdk:24? If you are debugging library code, it is recommended that you use the exiv2 command-line program as your test harness as Team Exiv2 is very familiar with this tool and able to give support. [TOC](#TOC) 3) Starting the debugger This is platform specific. On Linux: ?wzxhzdk:25? [TOC](#TOC) 4) Using Debugger IDEs such as Xcode, CLion, Visual Studio, Eclipse or QtCreator I have used all those IDEs to debug the Exiv2 library and applications. All of them work. You may find it takes initial effort, however I assure you that they all work well. I personally use CLion which has excellent integration with CMake. It will automatically add **`-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug`** to the cmake command. It keeps build types in separate directories such as **`<exiv2dir>/cmake-build-debug`**. [TOC](#TOC) 5) cmake --build . options **`--config Release|Debug`** and **`--target install`** Visual Studio and Xcode can build debug or release builds without using the option **`-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE`** because the generated project files can build multiple types. The option **`--config Debug`** can be specified on the cmake command-line to specify the build type. Alternatively, if you prefer to build in the IDE, the UI provides options to select the configuration and target. With the Unix Makefile generator, the targets can be listed: ?wzxhzdk:26? [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.12 Building Exiv2 with **clang** and other build chains 1) On Linux ?wzxhzdk:27? **_OR_** ?wzxhzdk:28? 2) On macOS Apple provide clang with Xcode. GCC has not been supported by Apple since 2013. The _"normal unix build"_ uses Clang. 3) On Cygwin, MinGW/msys2, Windows (using clang-cl) and Visual Studio. I have been unable to get clang to work on any of those platforms. [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.13 Building Exiv2 with ccache To speed up compilation, the utility ccache can be installed to cache the output of the compiler. This greatly speeds up the build when you frequently built code that has not been modified. Installing and using ccache (and other similar utilities), is platform dependent. On Ubuntu: ?wzxhzdk:29? To build with ccache, use the cmake option **-DBUILD\_WITH\_CCACHE=On** ?wzxhzdk:30? Due to the way in which ccache is installed in Fedora (and other Linux distros), ccache effectively replaces the compiler. A default build or **-DBUILD\_WITH\_CCACHE=Off** is not effective and the environment variable CCACHE_DISABLE is required to disable ccache. []( [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.14 Thread Safety Exiv2 heavily relies on standard C++ containers. Static or global variables are used read-only, with the exception of the XMP namespace registration function (see below). Thus Exiv2 is thread safe in the same sense as C++ containers: Different instances of the same class can safely be used concurrently in multiple threads. In order to use the same instance of a class concurrently in multiple threads the application must serialize all write access to the object. The level of thread safety within Exiv2 varies depending on the type of metadata: The Exif and IPTC code is reentrant. The XMP code uses the Adobe XMP toolkit (XMP SDK), which according to its documentation is thread-safe. It actually uses mutexes to serialize critical sections. However, the XMP SDK initialisation function is not mutex protected, thus Exiv2::XmpParser::initialize is not thread-safe. In addition, Exiv2::XmpProperties::registerNs writes to a static class variable, and is also not thread-safe. Therefore, multi-threaded applications need to ensure that these two XMP functions are serialized, e.g., by calling them from an initialization section which is run before any threads are started. All exiv2 sample applications begin with: ?wzxhzdk:31? [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.15 Library Initialisation and Cleanup As discussed in the section on Thread Safety, Exiv2 classes for Exif and IPTC metadata are fully reentrant and require no initialisation or cleanup. Adobe's XMPsdk is generally thread-safe, however it has to be initialized and terminated before and after starting any threads to access XMP metadata. The Exiv2 library will initialize this if necessary, however it does not terminate the XMPsdk. The exiv2 command-line program and sample applications call the following at the outset: ?wzxhzdk:32? [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.16 Cross Platform Build and Test on Linux for MinGW You can cross compile Exiv2 on Linux for MinGW. We have used the following method on **Fedora** and believe this is also possible on Ubuntu and other distros. Detailed instructions are provided here for **Fedora**. ### Cross Build and Test On Fedora ####1 Install the cross platform build tools ?wzxhzdk:33? ####2 Install Dependancies You will need to install x86_64 libraries to support the options you wish to use. By default, you will need libz and expat. Your `dnf` command above has installed them for you. If you wish to use features such as `webready` you should install openssl and libcurl as follows: ?wzxhzdk:34? ####3 Get the code and build ?wzxhzdk:35? Note, you may wish to choose to build with optional features and/or build static libraries. To do this, request appropriately on the mingw64-cmake command: ?wzxhzdk:36? The options available for cross-compiling are the same as provided for all builds. See: [Build Options](#2-3) ####4 Copy "system dlls" in the bin directory These DLLs are required to execute the cross-platform build in the bin from Windows ?wzxhzdk:37? ####5 Executing exiv2 in wine You may wish to use wine to execute exiv2 from the command prompt. To do this: ?wzxhzdk:38? If you have not installed wine, Fedora will offer to install it for you. ####6 Running the test suite On a default wine installation, you are in the MSDOS/cmd.exe prompt. You cannot execute the exiv2 test suite in this environment as you require python3 and MSYS/bash to run the suite. You should mount the your Fedora exiv2/ directory on a Windows machine on which you have installed MinGW/msys2. You will need python3 and make. My build machines is a MacMini with VMs for Windows, Fedora and other platforms. On Fedora, I build in a Mac directory which is shared to all VMs. ?wzxhzdk:39? On MinGW/msys2, I can directly access the share: ?wzxhzdk:40? You will find that 3 tests fail at the end of the test suite. It is safe to ignore those minor exceptions. [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.17 Building with C++11 and other compilers Exiv2 uses the default compiler for your system. Exiv2 v0.27 was written to the C++ 1998 standard and uses auto\_ptr. The C++11 and C++14 compilers will issue deprecation warnings about auto\_ptr. As _auto\_ptr support has been removed from C++17, you cannot build Exiv2 v0.27 with C++17 or later compilers._ Exiv2 v0.28 and later do not use auto\_ptr and will build with all modern C++ Standard Compilers. To build with C++11: ?wzxhzdk:41? The option -DCMAKE\_CXX\_STANDARD=11 specifies the C++ Language Standard. Possible values are 98, 11 or 14. The option -DCMAKE\_CXX\_FLAGS=-Wno-deprecated suppresses warnings from C++11 concerning auto\_ptr. The compiler will issue deprecation warnings about video, eps and ssh code in Exiv2 v0.27. This is intentional. These features of Exiv2 will not be available in Exiv2 v0.28. **Caution:** Visual Studio users should not use -DCMAKE\_CXX\_FLAGS=-Wno-deprecated. [TOC](#TOC)
### 2.18 Static and Shared Libraries You can build either static or shared libraries. Both can be linked with either static or shared run-time libraries. You specify the shared/static with the option `-BUILD_SHARED_LIBS=On|Off` You specify the run-time with the option `-DEXIV2_ENABLE_DYNAMIC_RUNTIME=On|Off`. The default for both options default is On. So you build shared and use the shared libraries which are `.dll` on Windows (msvc, Cygwin and MinGW/msys), `.dylib` on macOS and `.so` on Linux and UNIX. CMake creates your build artefacts in the directories `bin` and `lib`. The `bin` directory contains your executables and .dlls. The `lib` directory contains your static libraries. When you install exiv2, the build artefacts are copied to your system's prefix directory which by default is `/usr/local/`. If you wish to test and use your build without installing, you will have to set you PATH appropriately. Linux/Unix users should also set `LD_LIBRARY_PATH` and macOS users should set `DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH`. The default build is SHARED/DYNAMIC and this arrangement treats all executables and shared libraries in a uniform manner. **Caution:** _The following discussion only applies if you are linking to a static version of the exiv2 library._ You may get the following error from CMake: ?wzxhzdk:42? Be aware that the warning concerning `src/CMakeLists.txt:30 (add_library)` refers to your file src/CMakeLists.txt. Although exiv2 has statically linked `Iconv()`, your code also needs to link. You achieve that in your src/CMakeLists.txt with the code: ?wzxhzdk:43? This is discussed: []( [TOC](#TOC)
## 3 License and Support All project resources are accessible from the project website.
### 3.1 License Copyright (C) 2004-2019 Exiv2 authors. You should have received a copy of the file [COPYING](COPYING) which details the GPLv2 license. Exiv2 is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. Exiv2 program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA. [TOC](#TOC)
### 3.2 Support For new bug reports and feature requests, please open an issue in Github. [TOC](#TOC)
## 4 Running the test suite #### Different kinds of tests: | Description | Language | Location | Command
_(in build or test directory)_ | CMake Option to Build | |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- | | Run all tests | | | $ make tests | | | Bash scripts | bash | \<exiv2dir\>/test | $ make bash_tests | -DEXIV2\_BUILD\_SAMPLES=On | | Python scripts | python | \<exiv2dir\>/tests | $ make python_tests | -DEXIV2\_BUILD\_SAMPLES=On | | Unit tests | C++ | \<exiv2dir\>/unitTests | $ make unit_test | -DEXIV2\_BUILD\_UNIT\_TESTS=On | | Version test | C++ | \<exiv2dir\>/src/version.cpp | $ make version_test | Always in library | _**Caution: Visual Studio Users using cmd.exe**_
_You may use MinGW/msys2 `make` to to execute tests in the test directory. To execute tests from the build directory, use `cmake`. This is discussed in detail below: [Running tests on Visual Studio builds](#4-2)_ #### Environment Variables used by the test suite: If you build the code in the directory \<exiv2dir\>build, tests will run using the default values of Environment Variables. | Variable | Default | Platforms | Purpose | |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- | | EXIV2_BINDIR | **\<exiv2dir\>/build/bin** | All Platforms | Path of built binaries (exiv2.exe) | | EXIV2_PORT | **12762**
**12760** | Cygwin
Other Platforms | Test TCP/IP Port | | EXIV2_HTTP | **http://localhost** | All Platforms | Test http server | | EXIV2_EXT | **.exe** | msvc
MinGW/msys2 | Extension used by executable binaries | | EXIV2_EXT | _**not set**_ | Linux
Unix| | | EXIV2_ECHO | _**not set**_ | All Platforms | For debugging Bash scripts | | VALGRIND | _**not set**_ | All Platforms | For debugging Bash scripts | | VERBOSE | _**not set**_ | All Platforms | Causes make to report its actions | | PATH
LD\_LIBRARY\_PATH | $EXIV2\_BINDIR/../lib | Windows
Other platforms | Path of dynamic libraries | The Variable EXIV2\_PORT or EXIV2\_HTTP can be set to None to skip http tests. The http server is started with the command `python3 -m http.server $port`. On Windows, you will need to run this manually _**once**_ to authorise the firewall to permit python to use the port. [TOC](#TOC)
### 4.1 Running tests on a UNIX-like system You can run tests directly from the build: ?wzxhzdk:44? You can run individual tests in the `test` directory. **Caution:** If you build in a directory other than \<exiv2dir\>/build, you must set EXIV2\_BINDIR to run tests from the `test` directory. ?wzxhzdk:45? [TOC](#TOC)
### 4.2 Running tests on Visual Studio builds To run the bash scripts you will need to install MinGW/msys2 which provides you with the bash interpreter. You can run the test suite from bash, or from cmd.exe. ##### Running tests from MinGW/msys2 bash Use the bash interpreter for MinGW/msys2 to run the test suite. It's essential to have a DOS Python3 interpreter on your path called `python3.exe` ?wzxhzdk:46? **Caution:** _The python3 interpreter must be for DOS and called python3.exe. I copied the python.exe program:_ ?wzxhzdk:47? You can execute the test suite as described for UNIX-like systems: ?wzxhzdk:48? **Caution:** If you build in a directory other than \<exiv2dir\>/build, you must set EXIV2\_BINDIR to run tests from the `test` directory. ##### Running tests from cmd.exe You can build with Visual Studio using Conan. The is described in detail in []( As a summary, the procedure is: ?wzxhzdk:49? **Caution:** To run the python tests, _You will need a DOS python3 interpreter which must be called python3.exe. I copied the python.exe program:_ You may have to modify the PATH to ensure that the DOS python3 is used. You may have to modify the PATH to access MinGW/msys2 tools such as bash and make. Be careful to ensure the DOS python3.exe is found before the MinGW/msys2 python3. ?wzxhzdk:50? You can now run the tests from cmd.exe: ?wzxhzdk:51? You may prefer to run tests in the directory using MinGW/msys2 make. ?wzxhzdk:52? If you wish to use an environment variables, use env: ?wzxhzdk:53? When you are in the test directory, MinGW/msys2 make supports the following _(more convenient)_ syntax: ?wzxhzdk:54? [TOC](#TOC)
### 4.3 Unit tests The code for the unit tests is in `<exiv2dir>/unitTests`. To include unit tests in the build, use the *cmake* option `-DEXIV2_BUILD_UNIT_TESTS=On`. There is a discussion on the web about installing GTest: []( ?wzxhzdk:55? [TOC](#TOC)
### 4.4 Python tests You can run the python tests from the build or test directory: ?wzxhzdk:56? If you wish to run in verbose mode: ?wzxhzdk:57? The python tests are stored in the directory `tests` and you can run them all with the command: ?wzxhzdk:58? You can run them individually with the commands such as: ?wzxhzdk:59? You may wish to get a brief summary of failures with commands such as: ?wzxhzdk:60? [TOC](#TOC)
### 4.5 Test Summary | *Tests* | Unix Style Platforms _(bash)_ | Visual Studio _(cmd.exe)_ | |:-- |:--- |:-- | | | $ cd \<exiv2dir\>/build **or**
$ cd \<exiv2dir\>/test | \> cd \<exiv2dir\>/build | | tests | $ make tests | \> cmake --build . --config Release --target tests | | bash_tests | $ make bash_tests | \> cmake --build . --config Release --target bash_tests | | python_tests | $ make python_tests | \> cmake --build . --config Release --target python_tests | | unit_test | $ make unit_test | \> cmake --build . --config Release --target unit_test | | version_test | $ make version_test | \> cmake --build . --config Release --target version_test | [TOC](#TOC)
## 5 Platform Notes There are many ways to set up and configure your platform. The following notes are provided as a guide.
### 5.1 Linux Update your system and install the build tools and dependencies (zlib, expat, gtest and others) ?wzxhzdk:61? For users of other platforms, the script <exiv2dir>/ci/ has code used to configure many platforms. The code in that file is a useful guide to configuring your platform. Get the code from GitHub and build ?wzxhzdk:62? [TOC](#TOC)
### 5.2 macOS You will need to install Xcode and the Xcode command-line tools to build on macOS. You should build and install libexpat and zlib. You may use brew, macports, build from source, or use conan. I recommend that you build and install CMake from source. [TOC](#TOC)
### 5.3 MinGW/msys2 Please note that the platform MinGW/msys2 32 is obsolete and superceded by MinGW/msys2 64. #### MinGW/msys2 64 bit Install: [\_64-20190524.exe]( I use the following batch file to start the MinGW/msys2 64 bit bash shell from the Dos Command Prompt (cmd.exe) ?wzxhzdk:63? #### Install MinGW Dependencies Install tools and dependencies: ?wzxhzdk:64? #### Download exiv2 from github and build ?wzxhzdk:65? #### MinGW and Regex The exiv2 command-line program provides an option **`--grep`** to filter output. The implementation requires the header file **`<regex.h>`** and supporting library to be available during the build. When not available, the option **`--grep`** degrades to a substring match. Because there are several versions of **`<regex.h>`** available on the MinGW platform, detection of regex is always disabled on this platform and uses substring match. The following command reveals if regex is included in your build: ?wzxhzdk:66? [TOC](#TOC)
### 5.4 Cygwin/64 Please note that the platform Cygwin/32 is obsolete and superceded by Cygwin/64. Download: []( and run setup-x86_64.exe. I install into c:\\cygwin64 You need: make, cmake, curl, gcc, gettext-devel pkg-config, dos2unix, tar, zlib-devel, libexpat1-devel, git, python3-interpreter, libiconv, libxml2-utils, libncurses. I use the following batch file "cygwin64.bat" to start the Cygwin/64 bash shell from the Dos Command Prompt (cmd.exe). ?wzxhzdk:67? [TOC](#TOC)
### 5.5 Microsoft Visual C++ We recommend that you use Conan to build Exiv2 using Microsoft Visual C++. Exiv2 v0.27 can be built with Visual Studio versions 2008 and later. We actively support and build with Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019. As well as Microsoft Visual Studio, you will need to install CMake, Python3, and Conan. 1) Binary installers for CMake on Windows are availably from [](
2) Binary installers for Python3 are available from [](
3) Conan can be installed using python/pip. Details in []( I use the following batch file `cmd64.bat` to start cmd.exe. I do this to reduce the complexity of the path which grows as various tools are installed on Windows. As well as providing a "stripped down path", it also ensures the DOS python3 and DOS bash are on the path. ?wzxhzdk:68? **Caution:** _The python3 interpreter must be for DOS and called python3.exe. I copied the python.exe program:_ ?wzxhzdk:69? [TOC](#TOC)
### 5.6 Unix Exiv2 can be built on many Unix and Linux distros. With v0.27.2, we are starting to actively support the Unix Distributions NetBSD and FreeBSD. For v0.27.3, I have added support for Solaris 11.4 We do not have CI support for these platforms on GitHub. However, I regularly build and test them on my MacMini Buildserver. The device is private and not on the internet. I have provided notes here based on my experience with these platforms. Feedback is welcome. I am willing to support Exiv2 on other commercial Unix distributions such as AIX, HP-UX and OSF/1 if you provide with an ssh account for your platform. I will require super-user privileges to install software. For all platforms you will need the following components to build: 1. gcc or clang 2. cmake 3. bash 4. sudo 5. gettext To run the test suite, you need: 1. python3 2. chksum 3. dos2unix 4. xmllint #### NetBSD You can build exiv2 from source using the methods described for linux. I built and installed exiv2 using "Pure CMake" and didn't require conan. You will want to use the package manager `pkgsrc` to build/install the build and test components listed above. I entered links into the file system ?wzxhzdk:70? It's important to ensure that `LD_LIBRARY_PATH` includes `/usr/local/lib` and `/usr/pkg/lib`. It's important to ensure that `PATH` includes `/usr/local/bin`, `/usr/pkg/bin` and `/usr/pkg/sbin`. #### FreeBSD Clang is pre-installed as ``/usr/bin/{cc|c++}` as well as libz and expat. FreeBSD uses pkg as the package manager which I used to install cmake and git. ?wzxhzdk:71? **Caution**: _The package manager *pkg* is no longer working on FreeBSD 12.0. I will move to 12.1 for future work. Others have reported this issue on 12.1. Broken package manager is very bad news. There are other package managers (such as ports), however installing and getting it to work is formidable._ ?wzxhzdk:72? #### Solaris Solaris uses the package manager pkg. To get a list of packages: ?wzxhzdk:73? To install a package: ?wzxhzdk:74? [TOC](#TOC) Written by Robin Mills
Updated: 2020-05-25