CSE 457 Introduction to Computer Graphics
Autumn Quarter 2010

Installing FLTK...

In the lab

FLTK is already installed and configured in the Graphics Lab.  The files are located in the directory "C:\Program Files\fltk-1.1.10".

At home on Windows

These directions are intended for advanced users. The course staff supports the graphics lab development environment, but if you would like to work elsewhere these directions may help. Your mileage may vary.

1. Install FLTK files

You should not have to complete Steps 2 or 3 to get the project to work. They are here to try only if Step 1 fails.

2. Configure MSVC (Microsoft Visual C++)

3. Verify that your project is linking with the correct library

That's it!

Installation on Linux

Note: FLTK is already installed on instructional Linux systems (attu and the workstations in the Allen Center labs) in /usr, and on your own Linux system, before attempting to follow these instructions you should look for prepackaged binaries for your own distribution.

1. Install Mesa
As the first step, you must install MesaGL. You can get the source of MesaGL from here. To install it,
> gunzip MesaLib-3_0_tar.gz
> tar -xvf MesaLib-3_0_tar
> cd Mesa-3.0
> make linux-386
Serveral minutes later, you will have libMesaGL.a and LibMesaGLU.a in Mesa-3.0/lib and a directory called GL in Mesa-3.0/include. I usually prefer to copy all these files into ~/local/lib and ~/local/include such that I can access all the libraries without remembering tons of paths.

2. Install Fltk
Now, we try to make fltk. You can get the source from here.
> unzip fltk-1.1.10-source.tar.gz
> tar -xvf fltk-1.1.10-source.tar
> ./configure 
> make

Create a local directory in you home dir
Open makeinclude file and change the prefix variable to the your local

> make install
> cp fltk-1.1.10/fluid/fluid ~/local/bin
> cp fltk-1.1.10/
That's it. You will have
'fluid' in ~/local/bin,
two directories, FL and Fl, in include
and libfltk.a in lib.

Now everyting is in ~/local, you need to change the value of the variable, $(LOCAL), in Makefile to ~/local.


If you have a Mac, an unsupported variant of Windows, or some yet rarer variety of environment you may still be able to use FLTK on your machine. Download the FLTK source and follow the directions provided to compile FLTK for your own system.

design by Ian Li,
Autumn 2010 maintenance by Donnie Larson (contact info on personnel page)
CSE 457 Introduction to Computer Graphics
Autumn Quarter 2010
  Last modified: Wednesday, 22-Sep-2010 01:00:11 PDT