Building NSClient++#

NSClient++ is fairly simple to build and setup. It requires python and cmake for the build process as well as a number of external libraries. This document is split between “Linux” and “Windows” since there is a substantial difference in how to build them. For people wanting a Apple osx version it can be built similarly to the Linux machines on that platform as well.


The dependencies are different on different Linux systems so we will start with a section on installing dependencies on various platforms.

Dependencies on Ubuntu#

First we need to install a set of packages:

sudo apt-get install -y git
sudo apt-get install -y build-essential
sudo apt-get install -y cmake
sudo apt-get install -y python python-dev
sudo apt-get install -y libssl-dev
sudo apt-get install -y libboost-all-dev
sudo apt-get install -y protobuf-compiler python-protobuf libprotobuf-dev
sudo apt-get install -y python-sphinx
sudo apt-get install -y libcrypto++-dev libcrypto++
sudo apt-get install -y liblua5.1-0-dev
sudo apt-get install -y libgtest-dev

Getting the code from github#

Next up we download the source code from github: git clone --recursive

Building NSClient++#

Create a folder in which we will build the code:

mkdir build
cd build

Run cmake to create the build files:

cmake ../nscp

Build the actual code:


Run the built-in test to make sure everything is working:

make test

## Windows ##

Dependencies is a bit of a bother to manage on Windows since there is no general package mechanism for libraries.
To help with the there is a script called which will help download and build all dependencies required.

### Tools ###

All tools have to be installed manually by hand (fetchdeps only manages libraries):

- CMake 2.6
- Python 2.7 (Make sure the right python platform is in your path)
- Visual Studio (I use 2012 and 2015)
- WiX 3.9 (or later)
- Perl 5.12 (required by openssl)
- A git client (if you want to fetch the git sources)

Validate all tools are in your path:

cmake –version python -V perl -v cl /?

Get the source code using git:

git clone –recursive

Create a build folder:

mkdir build cd build

Build all dependencies and required libraries (pick the right platform Win32 or x64):

nscp\build\python\ --target <platform> --dyn --source <source path> --msver 2012

Validate that we have all dependencies:

cmake -D TARGET=dist -D SOURCE=nscp -P nscp\check_deps.cmake

Build NSClient++ (If you don’t know you your visual studio version name you can run cmake –help to list all available profiles):

cd dist
msbuild /p:Configuration=RelWithDebInfo NSCP.sln


We provide a number of vagrant profiles which will built NSClient++ as well:

git clone --recursive
cd vagrant
cd precise32 # Replace this with precise64 or oracle-linux-6.4_64
vagrant up -- provision

The resultiung packages will be found under packages