2. Installing Zint
The easiest way to configure compilation is to take advantage of the CMake utilities. You will need to install CMake and libpng-dev first. For instance on apt systems:
sudo apt install git cmake build-essential libpng-dev
If you want to take advantage of Zint Barcode Studio you will also need to have Qt and its component "Desktop gcc 64-bit" installed, as well as mesa. For details see "README.linux" in the project root directory.
Once you have fulfilled these requirements unzip the source code tarball or clone the latest source
git clone https://git.code.sf.net/p/zint/code zint
and follow these steps in the top directory:
mkdir build cd build cmake .. make sudo make install
The CLI command line program can be accessed by typing
The GUI can be accessed by typing
To test that the installation has been successful a shell script is included in the "frontend" sub-directory. To run the test type
This should create numerous files in the sub-directory "frontend/test_sh_out" showing the many modes of operation which are available from Zint.
2.2 Microsoft Windows
For Microsoft Windows, Zint is distributed as a binary executable. Simply download the ZIP file, then right-click on the ZIP file and "Extract All". A new folder will be created within which are two binary files:
- qtZint.exe - Zint Barcode Studio
- zint.exe - Command Line Interface
For fresh releases you will get a warning message from Microsoft Defender SmartScreen that this is an ‘unrecognised app’. This happens because Zint is a free and open-source software project with no advertising and hence no income, meaning we are not able to afford the $664 per year to have the application digitally signed by Microsoft.
To build Zint on Windows from source, see "win32/README".
2.3 Apple macOS
The latest Zint CLI and libzint can be installed using Homebrew.1 To install Homebrew input the following line into the macOS terminal
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL \ https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"
Once Homebrew is installed use the following command to install the Zint.
brew install zint
To build from source see "README.macos" in the project root directory.
2.4 Zint Tcl Backend
The Tcl backend in the "backend_tcl" sub-directory may be built using the provided TEA (Tcl Extension Architecture) build on Linux, Windows, macOS and Android. For Windows, an MSVC6 makefile is also available.