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Building from Source

The latest sources of Visual D are available from the github repository at


You need the following tools to build Visual D:

Visual D consists of a number of components that need to be built separately:

Building Visual D

Short version:

Longer version:

There is an AppVeyor project that verifies recent changes to the development branch of Visual D. This can also be used as a reference for the build process.

The Visual D source code is usually updated to work with the latest release version of DMD (2.077 as of now), so you should use this release of the compiler when using the latest svn/git checkout.

If you want to start developing or debugging, you should load visuald_vs10.sln in Visual Studio with Visual D installed. Build the "build" project at least once to build the necessary prerequisites and tools, e.g. D translations from the Windows and Visual Studio SDK.

The standard build procedure for the release version is to execute "nmake install_vs" in the trunk directory. Please check the variable settings at the top of the Makefile and adjust them to the installation directories on your system.


You should debug Visual D within Visual Studio using a different branch in the registry, so it does not interfere with your working environment.

Good luck!