Apertium on Windows

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It is possible to compile Apertium for use on windows using Cygwin, which provides a UNIX-like environment in windows.

Before you begin you should install the cygwin with the following additional packages, if you find this list incomplete please update it.

  • autoconf (Devel)
  • automake (Devel)
  • flex (Devel)
  • libgcrypt (Libs)
  • libtool (Devel)
  • libxml2 (Devel)
  • libxml2-devel (Devel)
  • libxslt (Libs)
  • pkg-config (Devel)
  • subversion (Devel)


  1. Check out the repository as normal using svn.
  2. Patch the apertium source this patch (save it as no_unlocked.diff)
    1. $ patch -p1 < no_unlocked.diff
  3. and this one too (save as no_ansi.diff)
    1. $ patch -p1 < no_ansi.diff
  4. Make and install lttoolbox
    1. ./autogen.sh
    2. make
    3. make install
  5. Make and install apertium (required the patches from above)
    1. export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/
    2. ./autogen.sh
    3. make