How to compile for Windows on Linux with gcc/g++?


Question

I have written some effects in C++ (g++) using freeglut on Linux, and I compile them with

g++ -Wall -lglut part8.cpp -o part8

So I was wondering if it is possible to have g++ make static compiled Windows executables that contains everything needed?

I don't have Windows, so it would be really cool, if I could do that on Linux :)

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9/26/2016 7:56:05 PM

Accepted Answer

mingw32 exists as a package for Linux. You can cross-compile and -link Windows applications with it. There's a tutorial here at the Code::Blocks forum. Mind that the command changes to x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc-win32, for example.

Ubuntu, for example, has MinGW in its repositories:

$ apt-cache search mingw
[...]
g++-mingw-w64 - GNU C++ compiler for MinGW-w64
gcc-mingw-w64 - GNU C compiler for MinGW-w64
mingw-w64 - Development environment targeting 32- and 64-bit Windows
[...]
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2/8/2019 8:43:21 PM

One option of compiling for Windows in Linux is via mingw. I found a very helpful tutorial here.

To install mingw32 on Debian based systems, run the following command:
sudo apt-get install mingw32 mingw32-binutils mingw32-runtime

To compile your code, you can use something like:
i586-mingw32msvc-g++ -o myApp.exe myApp.cpp

You'll sometimes want to test the new Windows application directly in Linux. You can use wine for that, although you should always keep in mind that wine could have bugs. This means that you might not be sure that a bug is in wine, your program, or both, so only use wine for general testing.

To install wine, run:
sudo apt-get install wine


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