Compiling FileZilla 3 under Open Solaris

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This documentation explains how to setup a build environment for FileZilla 3 and how to compile it under Open Solaris. These directions have been tested under Open Solaris 2008.11 Intel 64-bit. Other versions may or may not work.

Setting up the build environment[edit]

This includes the compiler and the required tools to build FileZilla 3 and its dependencies.

Required Packages[edit]

The majority of FileZilla requirements can be installed from the Open Solaris repository. You will need gcc, the GTK+ libraries, The X Window headers, GNU libidn, and GNU make. Although Open Solaris has packages for GNU gettext and wxWidgets, they are too outdated to be usable (as of Apr 26, 2009). Solaris make doesn't seem to work for building wxWidgets, so GNU make is also required.

From the package manager, install the following Open Solaris packages. SUNWgnome-common-devel, SUNWgcc, SUNWxwinc, SUNWxorg-headers, SUNWgnu-idn, and SUNWgmake. Allow the package manager to pull in any required dependencies.

Building the Dependencies[edit]

In addition to what we installed from the Open Solaris repository, we also need to build wxWidgets and GNU gettext. The current versions as of this writing (Apr 26, 2009) are wxWidgets 2.8.10 and GNU gettext 0.17. Other versions may or may not work.

If you have a multi-core machine, changing 'nice gmake' to 'nice gmake -jX' will take advantage of it. Rule of thumb says to replace X with the number of cores plus 1 (e.g. nice gmake -j3 for a Dual Core).


Download wxWidgets. GTK+ is the preferred UNIX edition.

Open a terminal to build wxGTK.

mkdir fztemp
cd fztemp
gzip -cd ~/Desktop/wxGTK-2.8.10.tar.gz | tar x
mkdir build-wx
cd build-wx
../wxGTK-2.8.10/configure --with-gtk --disable-shared --disable-compat26 \
--enable-unicode --prefix "$HOME"/filezilla
nice gmake
gmake install

GNU gettext[edit]

Download GNU gettext.

Start a terminal and enter the following commands:

cd ~/fztemp
gzip -cd ~/Desktop/gettext-0.17.tar.gz | tar x
cd gettext-0.17
./configure LDFLAGS="-lsec" --prefix "$HOME"/filezilla
nice gmake
gmake install

Building FileZilla 3[edit]

Download the FileZilla source.

Start a terminal and enter the following commands:

cd ~/fztemp
bzip2 -cd ~/Desktop/FileZilla_3.2.4_src.tar.bz2 | tar x
cd filezilla-3.2.4
export PATH="$HOME"/filezilla/bin:$PATH
./configure CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/include/idn" --disable-shared --prefix "$HOME"/filezilla
nice gmake
gmake install


You can delete the entire ~/fztemp directory after FileZilla is built. You will not need it again. Everything necessary to build new FileZilla revisions is in ~/filezilla.


If you run into problems, please make sure you've followed each step exactly how it is explained and that you haven't missed any steps along the way. Feel free to ask questions on the FileZilla forums.