How to install and use "make" in Windows?
How to Install and Use "make" in Windows
So, you want to use the magical powers of the
make command on your Windows machine? 🧙♀️ Well, don't worry. I've got your back! In this guide, we'll walk through the steps to install and use
make in Windows, even without a GNU compiler or related packages. Let's get started!
Installing "make" on Windows
Download MinGW: Go to the MinGW website (https://mingw-w64.org/doku.php) and download the installer that matches your system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
Install MinGW: Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. During the installation, make sure to select the following components:
mingw32-base: This includes the essential files and tools needed for MinGW to work.
mingw32-make: This is the actual
makecommand that we need.
📝 Note: You can also choose to install additional packages depending on your needs.
Add MinGW to System Path: To use
makefrom any command prompt, you need to add the MinGW installation directory to your system's PATH environment variable. Here's how:
Open the Start menu and search for "Environment Variables".
Click on "Edit the system environment variables".
In the System Properties window, click on "Environment Variables".
Under "System variables", select the "Path" variable and click on "Edit".
Add the path to your MinGW installation, usually something like
C:\MinGW\bin, to the list of paths. Make sure to separate it from existing paths using a semicolon (
📝 Tip: If you've already installed MinGW but forgot to add it to the PATH, no worries! Just edit the variable and include the path as mentioned above.
Verify Installation: Open a new command prompt window and type
make. If you see output similar to the following, congratulations! You've successfully installed
makeon your Windows machine:
GNU Make x.x.x Built for i686-w64-mingw32 ...
Using "make" in Windows
Now that you have
make installed, let's learn how to use it:
Create a Makefile: To utilize the power of
make, you need a file called a "Makefile" that contains a set of instructions. Create a new text file and save it with the name "Makefile" (without any file extension).
Write Some Rules: Open the Makefile in a text editor and define your rules. Each rule consists of a target, prerequisites, and commands. For example:
target: prerequisite1 prerequisite2 command1 command2
📝 Note: Make sure to use tabs (not spaces!) before the commands, as
makeis quite strict about that.
Run "make": Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory where you saved the Makefile. Then, simply type
makeand hit Enter.
makewill read the Makefile, check for any changes, and execute the necessary commands to bring your target up to date. Voila!
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Congratulations on making it this far! 👏 Now that you know how to install and use
make on Windows, the possibilities are endless. Start automating your tasks, building projects efficiently, and level up your development game. Don't forget to check our blog for more exciting tech tips and tricks!
If you have any questions or want to share your experiences with using
make on Windows, drop a comment below. We would love to hear from you! Happy making! ✨🚀