Installing Spot

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Installing from a tarball

The latest release of Spot is version 2.3.5:

Past releases can be found in the same directory. If you are interested in future releases, you can always peek at the last successful development build.


Spot requires a C++11-compliant compiler. g++ 4.8 or later, as well as clang++ 3.5 or later should work.

Spot expects a complete installation of Python (version 3.3 or later). Especially, Python's headers files should be installed. If you don't have Python installed, and do NOT want to install it, you should run ./configure with the --disable-python option.


The installation follows the usual ./configure, make, make install steps.

Please do install Spot somewhere: while skipping make install and running the command-line tools directly from the build directory should work, it will be slower than if you run make install and run the installed binaries.

By default, make install will install everything under /usr/local/, so unless you have write access to this directory you will either have to run sudo make install, or choose another installation prefix.

For instance to install Spot in ~/usr (i.e., in your home directory), use

./configure --prefix ~/usr
make install

Files INSTALL and README included in the tarball contains more explanations about the various options you can use during this process.

Installing the Debian packages

We build Debian packages for amd64 and i386, for both releases and the development versions. Packages for releases are built for Debian Stretch (a.k.a. Debian stable) while packages for development are built for Sid (a.k.a. Debian unstable).

Here is how to install the stable packages:

echo 'deb http://www.lrde.epita.fr/repo/debian/ stable/' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update
apt-get install spot libspot-dev spot-doc python3-spot # Or a subset of those

Here is how to install the unstable packages:

echo 'deb http://www.lrde.epita.fr/repo/debian/ unstable/' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update
apt-get install spot libspot-dev spot-doc python3-spot # Or a subset of those

The package spot contains the command-line tools. libspot-dev contains the header files if you plan to use Spot in a C++11 program. spot-doc contains some html (including these pages) and pdf documentation. Finally python3-spot contains some Python bindings (this package also installs some ipython notebooks that you can use as examples). The packages containing the libraries (libspot0, libbddx0, libspotltsmin0) are automatically installed as dependencies of the previous packages.


Installing from git

The master branch of the git repository contains the code for the latest released version, possibly with a few yet-to-be-released bugfixes. The next branch is the main development branch, and contains the (working) code that should be part of the next major release.

To clone the git repository, use

git clone https://gitlab.lrde.epita.fr/spot/spot.git

This should put you on the next branch by default. From there, read the HACKING file that should be at the top of your cloned repository: it lists all the tools you should install before attempting to compile the source tree.