Development environments

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The purpose of this page is to help developers set up the tools they need to get work done; basically, research into different tools has been done here for you.

Git Front-ends

The official Git project maintains a list of of front-ends.

Some tools offer varying levels of git integration, as well:

  • Xcode 4
  • QtCreator


Wikipedia has a comprehensive comparison of C/C++ IDEs, though certain IDEs are better suited for Unvanquished than others. Specifically, the following are used or have successfully been used by members of the team:

Name Supported OSes Difficulty in setup
XCode 4
  • Mac OS X 10.6+ 32/64-bit1
  • Mac OS X 10.7+ 64-bit
  • Mac OS X2
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Mac OS X: Easy
  • Windows: Difficult
  • Linux: Easy
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Mac OS X: Easy
  • Windows: Difficult
  • Linux: Easy
Microsoft Visual Studio Windows


  1. The 32-bit version of XCode 4 for Mac OS X 10.6 and up was only very briefly available for Mac OS X some time in early 2011 for a small price; following the release of 10.7 (Lion), XCode became freely available once more, but only for 64-bit Lion systems.
  2. Builds for older versions of Mac OS X are only available from, the non-commercial Qt project.

File Comparison Tools

See Wikipedia's article on the subject for a comparison.

Installing Meld on Windows

Meld is not officially supported for Windows, but can be made to work.

  1. Download and install Python 2.7.4, released 6 April 2013. (Newer versions may work as well. A listing of all available downloads is available).
  2. Download and install PyGtk for Windows (version 2.24.2, released, 9 February 2012).
  3. Download the latest version of Meld, at time of writing version 1.5.4, released 2 April 2012. You will need a file decompression tool like 7-Zip to extract the archive. Once extracted, for ease of use, you may want to place it in your program files directory.
  4. Set the PATH variable to get Python to work:
    1. Click Start.
    2. Right click on "Computer" and select "Properties".
    3. Click "Advanced System Settings" in the sidebar.
    4. Click "Environment Variables".
    5. Edit the PATH variable and append ";C:\Python27" The semicolon acts as a delimiter.

To run Meld, you can use the following:

> cd "path\to\Meld\bin"
> python meld

If you would like to create a shortcut, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to wherever you extracted your copy of Meld, then to the bin/ subdirectory.
  2. Right click on meld and select "Send to" → "Desktop (create shortcut)"
  3. On your desktop, right-click on the newly created icon and select "Properties".
  4. Prepend the "Target" field with python, and click "OK".

Using vim

Mac OS X

The easiest (and arguably best) way of getting Vim on Mac OS X is to use MacVim, which provides a native Mac OS X interface that supports most common Mac OS X shortcuts:

Shortcut Action
Command-S Save the current file.
Command-W Close the current tab or window.
Command-O Opens a file in a new window.
Command-Z Undoes the last action.
Shift-Command-Z Redoes the last action.
Command-Shift-T Opens a file in a new tab.
Shift-Command-[ Move to the tab left of the current tab, looping around to the rightmost tab if currently at the leftmost.
Shift-Command-] Move to the tab right of the current tab, looping around to the leftmost tab if currently at the rightmost.

Installing GLSL syntax files

Download the latest version of the syntax file (glsl.vim) from the official Vim scripts page.

Linux and Mac OS X users, place the file in ~/.vim/syntax. Windows users, place the file in %HOMEPATH%\vimfiles\syntax\.

At this point, users of all systems may edit GLSL files with syntax highlighting by explicitly setting the filetype to GLSL of the open file:

:set syntax=glsl

For automatic filetype detection, create creating a file with the following text:

au BufNewFile,BufRead *.frag,*.vert,*.fp,*.vp,*.glsl setf glsl

and save it as ~/.vim/ftdetect/glsl.vim for Mac OS X and Linux users or %HOMEPATH%\vimfiles\ftdetect\glsl.vim for Windows users.

Linux and Mac OS X users may do everything on the command line easily:

$ mkdir -p ~/.vim/{syntax,ftdetect}
$ mv glsl.vim ~/.vim/syntax
$ cat > ~/.vim/ftdetect/glsl.vim
au BufNewFile,BufRead *.frag,*.vert,*.fp,*.vp,*.glsl setf glsl

Note that ^d indicates pressing Control-D on the keyboard.