ADMB Quick Start Windows from Zip

Released March 7, 2021

Describe downloading, installing and using ADMB from binary zip release for Windows.

Debugging — To use admb with a debugger for testing, read BuildingSourceVisualStudio to build with debug symbols. Since using the debug libraries will result in slower runs, it is only recommended for troubleshooting and debugging code.

Prerequisite — Installed a supported C++ compiler: Rtools 3.5, Rtools 4.0, Msys2 or Microsoft Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Quick Start

  1. Download


  2. Install

    Double click downloaded zip file and extract admb-12.3 folder to C:\.

  3. Use ADMB

    Change to simple example directory.

    C:\> cd \admb-12.3\examples\admb\simple

    Build simple example.

    C:\admb-12.3\examples\admb\simple> C:\admb-12.3\admb simple.tpl

    Debug — Use the admb debug option -g for debugging.

    Run simple example.

    C:\admb-12.3\examples\admb\simple> simple.exe

    Read manuals for more information.

  4. OptionalConfigure PATH

    Add the ADMB directories C:\admb-12.3\bin and C:\admb-12.3\utilities to the system enviroment PATH variable. This will allow admb to be used in every Windows Command Prompt.

AD Studio

Alternatively, install AD Studio, a dedicated environment for developing ADMB and TMB models. It uses the C++ compiler from Rtools and has especially good support for R, LaTeX, Markdown, GDB, and Git.

AD Studio 1.0 comes with ADMB 12.0, which is one version older than 12.1.


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