GNUstep Downloads

We recommend that you check the software versions currently installed on your system. The GNUstep Startup package will do this for you automatically. Then consult the following tables to determine which items need installing or updating. To download the recommended version of any item of software, click on the version number in the appropriate column.

For further information on any particular package, click on its name.


Please ensure you have at least the Minimum version req'd of each of the following (where needed) on you system, before you install GNUstep. If you need to obtain the software, we suggest that you download the Recommended version.

Sources Required? Minimum
make Required 3.75 current GNU make
binutils Depends on OS 2.9.6 current GNU binutils
iconv If no glibc 1.7 current Convert file encoding
gcc Required 2.95.3 current GNU C & Objective-C Compiler
ffcall Required 1.8 1.10 Message forwarding
libffi Optional gcc 3.3.1
Alternative to ffcall (part of gcc)
gmp Optional 3.1.1 current Arbitrary precision arithmetic
guile For guile scripting 1.4 current Scheme language interpreter
openssl Recommended 0.9.6b current SSL and TSL support
libtiff Required 3.4036 current TIFF image support
libpng Recommended - - PNG image support
libjpg Recommended - - JPEG image support
libxml Required 2.3.0 current For XML property lists and docs
audiofile Recommended 0.2.3 current Program interface to digital audio formats
WindowMaker Recommended 0.92.0
Window manager & desktop
libobjc ONLY MinGW/Cygwin or gcc2 ">1.4.0
Updated libobjc for some systems.

GNUstep Core

All GNUstep users should install the following items. Choose either the GNUstep Startup package, which combines all four core packages (plus ffcall) or download and install the four core packages separately. (see Building GNUstep in Build Guide)

Sources Required? Stable Unstable Notes
GNUstep Startup Required ">0.16.0 - Easy Install Core Packages
GNUstep Make Required ">1.13.0 - Makefile Package
GNUstep Base Required ">1.13.1 - Foundation
GNUstep GUI Required ">0.11.0 - Graphical user interface class library
GNUstep Backend Required ">0.11.0 - Generic back-end

Extra Libraries/Tools

These libraries and tools offer additional capabilities. Some packages and applications may require you to install these libraries (see Building Extensions in Build Guide)

Sources Required? Stable Unstable Notes
Renaissance Optional
0.7.0 Multi-platform UI layout
GNUstep Guile Optional ">1.1.4
Interactive development system
StepTalk Optional ">0.10.0
Scripting language support
JIGS Optional 1.5.5
Java bridge
RIGS Optional ">0.2.2
Ruby bridge
gdl2 Optional
">0.10.1 Database Support Library
SQLClient Optional ">1.3.0
Simple OO Interface to SQL databases
WebServer Optional ">1.1.1
Simple web server for applications
Performance Optional ">0.2.4
Performance measuring classes
Pantomime Optional 1.1.0 - GNUMail framework - see also description
PPDs Optional ">1.0.0 - Printer PPDs formerly in gnustep-gui

GNUstep Development Tools

If you intend to develop software for GNUstep, or to port software to GNUstep from another environment, you should install the development tools that are relevant to you from the following list:

Sources Required? Stable Unstable Notes
Gorm Recommended ">1.1.0
Graphical interface builder
Project Center Recommended ">0.4.3
Project developer
nib2gmodel Obsolete ">0.11.0
Converts older (pre-10.2 nibs)
OpenStep 2GNU Converter Obsolete ">20000717
Older PB Project converter
Examples Optional ">1.1.0
GUI examples

GNUstep User Environment

If you intend to use GNUstep to manage files, run applications and so on, please install the items you require from the following list:(see GNUstep environment in Build Guide)

Sources Required? Stable Unstable Notes
GWorkspace Recommended - 0.8.3 File manager for GNUstep
RPM Inspector Optional RPM Viewer
GWorkspace inspector for RPM packages
Localization Optional Various
Language translations for GWorkspace
App Wrappers Optional Wrappers
Additional GWorkspace wrappers
GNUMail Optional - GNU Mail - see also description
GNUstep Apps Optional ">Various
Other User Applications