Setup On Linux

Software setup

In order to run Basilisk, the following software will be necessary. This document outline how to install this support software.

  • Cmake 3.14 or higher

  • Python 3.7.x. The following python package dependencies are automatically checked and installed in the steps below.

    • pandas numpy matplotlib pytest Pillow conan>=1.29.2

  • SWIG (version 3 or 4)

  • GCC



Depending on your system setup, administrative permissions (sudo or su) may be required to install these dependencies. Some distributions of Linux will use other package management commands such as yum, dnf, of pgk.

  1. On a new Linux system various developer packages and support libraries are requried:

    # Update current software
    $ apt-get update
    # Get GIT for source code version control
    # apt-get install git
    # Helpful for Debian systems -  all packages need to compile such as gcc and g++ compilers and other utils.
    $ apt-get install build-essential
    # Install Python 3
    $ apt-get install python3
    # Package development process library to facilitate packaging Python packages
    $ apt-get install python3-setuptools
    # Tkinter
    $ apt-get install python3-tk
    # Python PIP
    $ apt-get install python3-pip
  2. SWIG: Available using:

    $ apt-get install swig
  3. A C/C++ Compiler: This is included by default with most Linux systems (gcc), but is necessary to build Basilisk.

  4. A Git compatible version control tool like SourceTree should be used to pull/clone the Basilisk repository.

  5. Install Conan using pip, an example is below:

    $ pip3 install --user conan

    The conan repositories information is automatically setup by


    If you are upgrading from a version of Basilisk prior to 1.8.0, be sure to delete the .conan folder in your home directory to create a clean copy compatible with the current build system.

  6. CMake: You can install cmake using pip3. This makes it easy to overcome limitations of which version of cmake the apt-get command provides:

    $ pip3 install --user cmake
  7. Note, if you choose to install python packages local in your user directory .local folder, be sure to add ~/.local/bin to your PATH variable.

  8. Optional Packages: The above directions install the Basilisk base software. There are a series of optional packages that enhance this capability.

Build Process via Terminal

  1. The will setup and configure the Basilisk build. For a basic installation, from the root Basilisk folder use:


    For other configure and build options, see Building the Software Framework. This process will verify that the minimum required Basilisk python packages are installed, and that the version is correct. If not, the user is prompted to install the package with pip3 in the system or user folder.

  2. Next, move to the distribution folder to build using a makefile:

    cd dist3
  3. Can do a multi core make by running make -j<number of cores +1> such as make -j5.

  4. To test your setup you can run one of the Example Scripts:

    • For example, in the terminal window, switch /src/examples/ to the current directory.

    • Run one of the example scripts, such as:

      $ python3