Building ADMB Source with Unix

Released March 7, 2021

Describe building ADMB from source for Unix.


The following tools should be installed on the local computer.

  • C++ compiler

    Supported C++ Compilers for Unix

    • GNU C++
    • Apple Clang
  • GNU make
  • GNU stream editor (sed)
  • GNU flex
  • Optional — Git client to download from version control.

Note — For MacOS, install XCode with command line tools which includes all the prerequisites.

Building Source

  1. Download

    Download ADMB source distribution

    Open a Terminal window

    Use the command below to extract contents of zip file to ~/admb-12.3/.

    [~]$ unzip

    Alternative — Use Git client (see command below) to get source from version control repository.

    [~]$ git clone

    This will download the latest source repository to ~/admb/.

  2. Build

    Change to admb directory.

    [~]$ cd admb-12.3

    To build ADMB, use the command below.

    [~/admb-12.3/]$ make

    To build ADMB for debugging, use the command below.

    [~/admb-12.3/]$ make DEBUG=yes

    Note — When the build is completed, ~/admb-12.3/build/admb/ is the binary distribution directory.

  3. Test

    In the Terminal window, use the steps below to build and run the ADMB examples.

    Build examples

    [~/admb-12.3/]$ make --directory=examples all
  4. OptionalMulti-User Installation

    Installs binary distribution folder to /usr/local/ as super-user.

    [~/admb-12.3/]$ sudo make install

    Build and run the simple example without the directory prefix.

    [~/admb-12.3/]$ cd examples/admb/simple
    [~/admb-12.3/examples/admb/simple/]$ admb simple.tpl
    [~/admb-12.3/examples/admb/simple/]$ ./simple

    If unable to the build simple example, then use the Manual Installation below.

    Alternative — Manual Installation

    Copy binary distribution folder to /usr/local/ as super-user.

    [~/admb-12.3/]$ sudo cp -Rvf build/admb /usr/local/admb-12.3

    Note — The dist folder can be copied to other computers with similar configurations.

    Create symlink to main admb script. Directory /usr/local/bin/ should already exist.

    [~/admb-12.3/]$ sudo ln -sf /usr/local/admb-12.3/admb /usr/local/bin/admb

    Read manuals for more information.


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