Installer creation instructions ( as of 08/06/12).

Pre-requisites on the Machine


  • VisualStudio 2008+ Pro.
  • CMake 2.8.8
  • Swig 2.0.4
  • Netbeans 7.0.1 with JRE 1.6x
  • Resource Hacker (reshacker) used to change the icons in the Netbeans generated installer of the GUI.
  • Doxygen
  • MikTex
  • Ghostscript (
  • NSIS with fix to handle long path names


  • Build C++ (including simbody if needed) make sure to build release only or last if you build both debug and release otherwise VisualizerGUI will not work. Make sure to BUILD_JAVA_WRAPPING, point JRE_TO_PACKAGE to the jre to be distributed and turn on OPENSIM_INSTALL_PACKAGE_BUILD
  • Build JavaWrap, osimJavaJNI, and Doxygen (have swig 2.0.4) all tests should pass
  • Build GUI
  • Build zip distribution from Netbeans (builds into dist directory) then nzip into folder opensim
  • Run reshacker to change icon of opensim.exe (.ico file is in top level/Install) command is

ResHacker.exe -addoverwrite opensim.exe, opensim.exe, OpenSimApplicationIcon.ico, IconGroup, 100, 1033

  •  edit opensim.conf in /etc/opensim.conf to use jdkhome="jdk" and to add extra flags for directdraw also change settings directory to proper version


default_options=" ...-J-Dsun.java2d.ddoffscreen=false -J-Dsun.java2d.gdiblit=false -J-Dsun.java2d.noddraw=true -J-Duser.language=en"

  • run package target in VisualStudio.

//Copy SimmToOpenSim built with VC71 to distribution

  • make sure redistributable (vcredist_x86.exe)  is uptodate and lives in bin directory
  • Run nsis



 - SimmToOpenSim arm model.

- IK on arm model with setup file

- CMC on arm model

- RRA on gait2354

- Marker editor

- Compile plugin and laod it.