Installing Make

Written by PChan on 2017-04-06


  • On Ubuntu/Debian/Mint

    $ sudo apt-get install build-essential
  • On Fedora 21

    // minimalist approach
    $ sudo yum install make automake gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel
    // full-blown approach, so that you do not have to bother with this again (takes up more space)
    $ sudo yum groupinstall "DevelopmentTools" "Development Libraries"
  • On Fedora 23

    // try
    $ sudo dnf install @development-tools
    // otherwise
    $ sudo dnf group install "C Development Tools and Libraries"


Generally, Mac OSX comes with make preinstalled. To check to see if this is the case, run the following command in the terminal:

$ make --version

If you do not get an error, you are good to go. Otherwise, run the following command:

$ xcode-select --install


  • Download the MinGW installation app

  • Run the executable

  • Read and accept the license agreement

  • Select Current Package

  • When choosing the components to install, you’ll need:

    • MinGW base tools
    • g++ compiler
    • MinGW Make
  • Read the Modifying Windows Path guide and add C:\MinGW\bin to your path

  • Run the following command in a command prompt with administrative privileges:

    C:\Users\Username> copy C:\MinGW\bin\mingw32-make.exe C:\MinGW\bin\make.exe