Installation Instructions


The project uses meson, so the steps are

meson build
ninja -C build

To see all available options, type the following after the build directory is initialized, or look inside meson_options.txt.

meson configure build

To clean the build directory while keeping the current configuration

meson compile --clean -C build


The default build type is debugoptmized, which is equivalent to -Ddebug=true -Doptimization=2 (-O2 -g). This works well in most cases. For extremely optimized builds, we suggest building with

meson build -Ddebug=true -Doptimization=3 -Dextra_optimizations=true

We suggest always keeping -Ddebug=true to assist with meaningful stack traces and bug reports.





Once the program is built, it will need to be installed the first time before it can run (to install the GSettings among other things).

ninja -C build install

If you don't want to install anything permanent on your system, you can install it somewhere temporary by configuring with meson build --prefix=/tmp/zrythm for example, and then you can run it with GSETTINGS_SCHEMA_DIR=/tmp/zrythm/share/glib-2.0/schemas ./build/src/zrythm. The built program will be at build/src/zrythm by default.


When running Zrythm from the command line, it is recommended to use zrythm_launch instead of running the zrythm binary directly. This takes care of using the correct GSettings schemas and other resources in the installed prefix.

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