We offer binaries for Windows (32 and 64 bit) and GNU/Linux (32 and 64 bit). You can download the latest version for your operating system from Github:

Once downloaded, simply unpack the archive in the desired directory. The executables will be in the bin folder. For easier access to the programs, consider adding the bin folder to your PATH environment variable.

Tesseroids is permanently archived in Zenodo. Each release is stored (source code and binaries) and given a DOI. The DOIs, source code, and compiled binaries for previous versions can be found on the Releases page.

If we don’t provide the binaries for your operating system, you can compile the source code (download a source distribution from Github) by following the instructions below.

Compiling from source

If you want to build Tesseroids from source, you’ll need:

  • A C compiler (preferably GCC)
  • The build tool SCons

Setting up SCons

Tesseroids uses the build tool SCons. A SConstruct file (Makefile equivalent) is used to define the compilation rules. The advantage of SCons over Make is that it automatically detects your system settings. You will have to download and install SCons in order to easily compile Tesseroids. SCons is available for both GNU/Linux and Windows so compiling should work the same on both platforms.

SCons requires that you have Python installed. Follow the instructions in the SCons website to install it. Python is usually installed by default on most GNU/Linux systems.

Under Windows you will have to put SCons on your PATH environment variable in order to use it from the command line. It is usually located in the Scripts directory of your Python installation.

On GNU/Linux, SCons will generally use the GCC compiler to compile sources. On Windows it will search for an existing compiler. We recommend that you install GCC on Windows using MinGW.


Download a source distribution and unpack the archive anywhere you want (e.g., ~/tesseroids or C:\tesseroids or whatever). To compile, open a terminal (or cmd.exe on Windows) and go to the directory where you unpacked (use the cd command). Then, type the following and hit Enter:


If everything goes well, the compiled executables will be placed on a bin folder.

To clean up the build (delete all generated files), run:

scons -c

If you get any strange errors or the code doesn’t compile for some reason, please submit a bug report. Don’t forget to copy the output of running scons.

Testing the build

After the compilation, a program called tesstest will be placed in the directory where you unpacked the source. This program runs the unit tests for Tesseroids (sources in the test directory).

To run the test suite, simply execute tesstest with no arguments:


or on GNU/Linux:


A summary of all tests (pass or fail) will be printed on the screen. If all tests pass, the compilation probably went well. If any test fail, please submit a bug report with the output of running tesstest.