This is a quick guide to get Code::Blocks up and running on your Ubuntu based Linux distribution. It is also going to make sure you can develop wxWidgets applications on your box as well. Look at the bottom of this guide for a complete command line that will install all the packages in one operation.
First be sure you have the necessary software to compile and debug programs.
1. Install the compiler.
sudo apt-get install build-essential
2. Install the debugger.
sudo apt-get install gdb
You'll need to install wxWidgets to use Codeblocks. Revisions prior to revision 4051 use wxWidgets 2.6 and revisions from 4051 and after use wxWidgets 2.8.4. If you want to install a revision prior to revision 4051, make sure you have your universe and multiverse repositories enabled and install the following packages.
3. Install wxWidgets library. (This package is all that is needed to run any application that uses wxWidgets. ie. Code::Blocks)
sudo apt-get install libwxgtk2.6-0
4. Install the wxWidgets developement packages. (This is used to develop wxWidgets applications of your own.)
sudo apt-get install libwxgtk2.6-dev wx2.6-headers wx-common
5. (OPTIONAL) Install the wxWidgets documentation.
sudo apt-get install wx2.6-doc
To install wxWidgets 2.8.4 you need to be using Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) or Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) and you need to add the wxWidget repository to your sources.list. You can install wxWidgets 2.8.4 on Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake), but the nightly builds are not made to run on Dapper.
1. Backup your current sources.list first for precaution.
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.bak
2. Open your sources.list in a text editor to edit it.
gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
3. Add the correct repository for the Ubuntu version you are running to the end of the file. The repository listed below is referenced on the wxWidgets.org download page and appears to be for the stable version.
4. Save and close the file.
5. Add the key for tt-solutions.com.
sudo apt-key add key.asc
Alternate wxWidgets repository. Some users of Code::Blocks have received critical errors related to libwxgtk when using the above repository packages. They were able to solve their problems by installing newer packages available from an alternate repository from wxWidgets.org. To use these packages make the following changes to the above directions:
Add deb http://apt.wxwidgets.org/
edgy-wx main or deb http://apt.wxwidgets.org/
feisty-wx main to your sources.list.
Download the gpg key using wget http://apt.wxwidgets.org/key.asc
and install the same as above.
6. Update your sources.list and run upgrade to make sure everything is up-to-date.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
7. Now you're finally ready to install wxWidgets 2.8.4.
sudo apt-get install libwxgtk2.8-0 libwxgtk2.8-dev wx2.8-headers wx-common
8. Set wxWidgets 2.8 as default version for your machine. Select number for the wxgtk2.8 version.
sudo update-alternatives --config wx-config
Now go get the nightly build and install it. All dependencies should now be met.
1. Get the latest nigtly build of Code::Blocks from the nightly builds forum.
2. Install Code::Blocks.
sudo dpkg -i <Name_Of_Daily_Build.deb>
NOTE: Since revision 4281 and after, the nightly builds are made differently. Codeblocks is now packaged into separate Debian packages and the packages are archived together in a tar.gz file.
1. Download the tar.gz file to your computer and extract the files to an empty directory, such as one called temp for example.
tar xvf CB_date-of-build_revision-number_Ubuntu6.10+7.04_wx2.8.4.tar.gz
2. Install all the packages at the same time.
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
The packages can be installed individually, if you prefer not to install everything. The first package to install is libcodeblocks0 followed by the codeblocks package. All the other packages are optional. If you want to install the wxsmith and/or contrib packages, you must install the libwxsmithlib0 package first.
NOTE: Here is a complete command line for the above steps. Watch for word wrap. Replace wx2.6 with wx2.8 when needed.
sudo apt-get install build-essential gdb libwxgtk2.6-0 libwxgtk2.6-dev wx2.6-headers wx2.6-doc wx-common
Without optional steps:
sudo apt-get install build-essential gdb libwxgtk2.6-0 libwxgtk2.6-dev wx2.6-headers wx-common