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To build libpano13 we need some libraries and particularly their <code>dev</code> package:
To build libpano13 we need some libraries and particularly their <code>dev</code> package:
<pre>sudo apt-get install zlib1g zlib1g-dev libpng12-dev libjpeg62-dev libtiff4-dev</pre>
<pre>sudo apt-get install zlib1g zlib1g-dev libpng12-dev libjpeg62-dev libtiff4-dev cmake</pre>
On older distributions, zlib1g and zlib1g-dev may not be found. In that case, the same library may be available with the names lib64z1 and lib64z1-dev.
On older distributions, zlib1g and zlib1g-dev may not be found. In that case, the same library may be available with the names lib64z1 and lib64z1-dev.

Revision as of 23:49, 31 January 2010

These instructions are work in progress and updated when newer versions of Ubuntu are released or when Hugin introduces new dependencies. They have worked, at the time of release or soon thereafter, with the following Ubuntu/Kubuntu versions:

  • Ubuntu 9.10: on AMD64 computer
  • Ubuntu 9.04: on AMD64 computer
  • Ubuntu 8.10: on AMD64 computer
  • Ubuntu 8.04: on an Intel processor
  • Ubuntu 7.10: on AMD Athlon XP
  • Ubuntu 7.04: on AMD64 computer
  • Ubuntu 6.06: on AMD64 computer

They are likely to work only for the latest one, but you can check this page's history at the time that the older Ubuntu version was the most recent one to find the specifics for that version.

Apart from the odd change in package name, nothing should be substantially different (and if does not work, please leave a comment on the hugin-ptx mailing list). Don't worry if the same package appears twice in an apt-get install line - apt-get will update existing packages if there is a newer version, and ignore duplicates if the latest version is already installed. On the other hand, if apt-get says that it can't find a package, it might be the odd change in package name. You can find a replacement package by using apt-cache search with a substring of the package required, e.g.

apt-cache search wxW

The goal is to build hugin and the whole set of helper applications required.


Building environment

Since we are going to build hugin, libpano13 and enblend we need to download and install all the development packages. This is very easy with apt-get. In a terminal window (K menu -> System -> Konsole or Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal (in Kubuntu), Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal (in Ubuntu))

sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf automake1.9 libtool flex bison gdb

Unless you have an amd64 system prior to 7.10, add the following packages.

sudo apt-get install libc6-dev libgcc1

For older amd64 environments, the packages have a slightly different name:

sudo apt-get install libc6-dev-amd64 lib64gcc1

To get the bleeding edge we'll need access to the SVN and Mercurial repositories, and for this we need the correct tools:

sudo apt-get install subversion mercurial

Not necessary, but useful if you want to move to the next level and build packages for distribution (list is incomplete):

sudo apt-get install subversion-tools

Building Enblend

Get the dependencies. If you are working with large images (300 megapixels and up), you should have a libtiff-devel compiled with large file support and libstdc++6.

sudo apt-get install pkg-config libtiff4-dev libboost-graph-dev libboost-thread-dev \
  liblcms1-dev libglew1.5-dev libplot-dev libglut3-dev libopenexr-dev libxi-dev libxmu-dev \
  help2man texi2html texinfo fig2ps tidy gnuplot libxml-xpath-perl

For Ubuntu systems prior to 8.10, you will also need

sudo apt-get install libopenexr2ldbl

Once all dependencies are in place, get the code. The official repository has migrated from CVS to Mercurial:

hg clone enblend
cd enblend

If you already have checked out enblend, to update the code to the latest version you need to run:

hg pull
hg update

We are then ready to compile. The CXXFLAGS --param inline-unit-growth=60 is a workaround for x86_64 systems, Feb 2009, and apparently no longer needed (set by default). If you have an SMP machine and you're building a recent version, --disable-image-cache and --enable-openmp will speed up enblend/enfuse massively but may cause segmentation faults; in that case you will be better off with --enable-image-cache and --disable-openmp. -march=native is also beneficial and -O2 is better than -O3.

make --makefile=Makefile.scm
mkdir BUILD
CXXFLAGS="--param inline-unit-growth=60 -march=native -O2" ../configure --disable-image-cache --enable-openmp

The second make step can be very long and memory consuming. Make sure you have enough swap space, and go get a healthy snack while the computer is compiling.

If you encounter problems at any of these stages, please report back to the hugin-ptx mailing list. Report what command in the sequence you were executing, what machine/operating system, the revision checked out from CVS, and all other relevant information.

You are then ready to install with

sudo make install

Building Libpano13

libpano13 is the new version of the PanoTools libraries. This is a necessary component for hugin, and we need to build it first. To build libpano13 we need some libraries and particularly their dev package:

sudo apt-get install zlib1g zlib1g-dev libpng12-dev libjpeg62-dev libtiff4-dev cmake

On older distributions, zlib1g and zlib1g-dev may not be found. In that case, the same library may be available with the names lib64z1 and lib64z1-dev.

We then need to download the source code from SVN:

svn co libpano13
cd libpano13

In the future there is no need to get the whole source again. Just issue the following commands to bring your source up to date:

cd libpano13
svn up

Now start the building process.

cd ..
mkdir build.libpano
cd build.libpano
make package
sudo dpkg -i libpano13-*-Linux.deb


The above described building process uses CMake to build libpano which has many advantages. Amongst others it creates a clean package to install / deinstall and decreases the likelihood of wrecking the system. However CMake support is relatively new in libpano. The old autotools way is documented below for completness. You should not need it. However if you do, make sure to run either the CMake build or the autotools build on fresh SVN checkouts to avoid interferences.


If any libraries are missing, the script will complain (or at least, let you know that some library hasn't been found). In that case you probably need to install the library. To find in what package is that library, a general rule is to run the command apt-cache search missingfile, find the relevant library and install both the library and the related -dev package. Run the ./configure script and repeat this process until you have met all the dependencies.

Then we are ready to launch the make process with


If the library successfully compiles, you have to install it with

sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

The last part is for the OS to be aware of the new library (that has been installed in /usr/local/lib). We can now go back up one folder level and get ready for hugin.

cd ..

Building Hugin


First we need to activate the universe repository (in adept package manager, or by editing the /etc/apt/sources.lst file for example) and get the dependencies:

sudo apt-get install cmake libopenexr-dev libboost-dev boost-build libboost-thread-dev libboost-graph-dev \
  gettext libwxgtk2.8-dev libexiv2-dev libimage-exiftool-perl libglew-dev liblapack-dev

Fetch the Source Code from SVN

Next we download Hugin from SVN. But which Hugin? There are many branches in SVN. Also SVN keeps track of every single change (revision) in time, so we can download a branch in its state at a specific point in time. For example -r 4008 will download the trunk branch at the point in time when revision 4008 was committed, which happens to be Tue Jul 7 22:07:54 2009 UTC. It also happens to be the same as the 0.8.0 release. For a list of branches and revisions that build well, refer to these lists. There is no guarantee that a particular branch and/or revision builds and/or performs as expected.

svn co -r 4061 hugin

If you know what you are doing, you can replace /hugin-2009.07.1/ with another branch; and you can omit the -r and get the last revision of that branch.

In the future there is no need to get the whole source again. Just issue the following commands to bring your source up to date:

cd hugin
svn up

Set the Build Environment

Next we set up the build environment using cmake.

If you compiled and installed libpano to a non standard location set the variables CMAKE_INCLUDE_PATH and CMAKE_LIBRARY_PATH to point to your install location's include and lib directories.

If you are building for distribution, you want to set CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr

mkdir hugin-build
cd hugin-build

Build and Install

Finally, we use make to build the code and package it, and dpkg to install it. Look for the version number in the .deb file created and edit the lines below accordingly:

make package
sudo dpkg -i hugin-*-Linux.deb
sudo ldconfig

Important: the package does not track dependencies yet, so it likely to fail on machines others than yours.

Reference: [1]



sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev

To build

(Note January 2010: Currently the autopano-sift-C SVN trunk is unstable, use the 2.5.1 release tarball instead)

svn co autopano-sift-C
make package
sudo dpkg -i autopano-sift-C-*-Linux.deb


Match-n-shift is yet an other Autopano-SIFT replacement. It comes in a bundle with pto file manipulation perl libraries and a rich selection of other tools that use nona, enblend, ImageMagick among other things. To use match-n-shift, you need to install at least the Panotools::Script library and some other perl modules. It requires:

  • Image::Size 2.9
  • Storable 2.0
  • Image::ExifTool 6

Chances are that you do not need to update Storable which is a standard perl module. To check the version of installed versions of these modules, write these lines to the command prompt:

 perl -MStorable -le 'print Storable->VERSION;'
 perl -MImage::Size -le 'print Image::Size->VERSION;'
 perl -MImage::ExifTool -le 'print Image::ExifTool->VERSION;'

There are various ways to install or upgrade these modules. Ubuntu has binary packages for many perl modules, you can skip the CPAN installation below and type:

 sudo apt-get install libimage-size-perl libimage-exiftool-perl

Alternatively, perl is an interpreted language and these modules are pure perl, so installing from source is an easy thing.

The best place to install perl modules is directly from a CPAN archive. CPAN is short for Comprehensive Perl Archive Network. The program to interact with CPAN comes with all perl installations. Start it by running:

 sudo cpan

If this is your first time running the program you will be asked a number of questions (you can safely accept the suggested values). Last question lets you select a number of CPAN mirrors nearest to you.

When all is done, you can enter the install commands after the 'cpan>' prompt:

 install Image::Size Storable Image::ExifTool

Answer 'y' to any question of dependencies and wait for install to complete. 'exit' leaves the cpan shell.

Next, you need to retrieve and install the Panotools-Script collection of perl libraries (Panotools::Script) and programs that use them - including match-n-shift:

 svn co  Panotools-Script
 cd Panotools-Script
 perl Makefile.PL
 make test
 sudo make install

Just to confuse you, you can also ignore everything above and just install Panotools::Script and all its dependencies from CPAN. From command line, type:

 sudo cpan Panotools::Script

You can run match-n-shift from command line using the same parameters as or you can modify hugin to run it for you:

  • start Hugin
  • navigate the menu File to Preferences
  • In the Preferences window, open the Autopano tab
  • Select Autopano -> Autopano-SIFT
  • tick the checkbox for Use alternative Autopano-SIFT program
  • enter the full path to match-n-shift (/usr/local/bin/match-n-shift) in the Autopano-SIFT field
  • enter the following string in the Arguments field:
-f %f -v %v -c -p %p -o %o %i


MatchPoint is a next generation CP generator. The result of a GSoC2007 project, it is still very experimental. Experience reports needed. Read more here

Matchpoint is now located inside the main hugin source tree, no need to checkout anymore. It is compiled together with hugin, but not installed by default.

  • copy the MatchPoint executable into /usr/local/bin manually
sudo cp src/matchpoint/matchpoint /usr/local/bin/
  • edit /usr/local/bin/ (do it with sudo to have the necessary permission)
    • line 79: replace the .key.gz extension with .key (not sure if matchpoint supports compression)
    • lines 83 and 88: replace generatekeys "$arg" $FILENAME $SIZE with matchpoint "$arg" $FILENAME (not sure if the size option or any other options of the original generatekeys are applicable)


Yet another control point generator Home Page

sudo apt-get install libboost-dev

Download Panomatic 0.9.4 bz2 and if you're on Ubuntu 9.10 or newer also the patch for the gcc4.4 compiler.

tar xvfj panomatic-0.9.4-src.tar.bz2
cd panomatic-0.9.4
patch -p 1 < ../panomatic_gcc44.patch
sudo make install

To use Pano-o-matic, open Hugin

  • In File > Preferences > Autopano :
  • Select Autopano-SIFT
  • Check "Use alternative autopaon-SIFT program"
  • Choose the path to the binary ( /usr/local/bin )
  • In Arguments, put : -o %o %i

Pablo's variation

Around the end of the year 2009, Pablo integrated a new experimental descriptor based on the geometric blur and DAISY papers. To build that version of panomatic instead, follow these instructions:

sudo aptitude install libboost-python-dev bzr cmake libvigraimpex-dev
bzr branch lp:~pablo.dangelo/hugin/panomatic-lib
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../panomatic-lib
make install

To use the new descriptor the arguments for Hugin are: --grad --sieve1size 100 --sieve2size 2 -o %o %i


ExifTool is a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in image, audio and video files.

sudo apt-get purge libimage-exiftool-perl
tar -xzf Image-ExifTool-7.94.tar.gz
cd Image-ExifTool-7.94
perl Makefile.PL
make test
sudo make install


PanoGLView is an OpenGL hardware accelerated interactive immersive viewer for equirectangular images.


sudo apt-get install wx-common

To build

svn co panoglview
cd panoglview
sudo make install



sudo apt-get install cmake make pkg-config g++ mozilla-dev freeglut-dev zlib1g-dev libjpeg-dev libxext-dev libxmu-dev \
x11proto-xf86vidmode-dev libxxf86vm-dev libnspr4-dev libxml2-dev libpng12-dev

To build

svn co freepv
cd freepv
cmake .
sudo make install

Notes for Packagers

  • before releasing a tarball, upgrade the Changelog with svn2cl
$ svn up
$ svn2cl
$ svn ci
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