Building from Source

Unless you really need to build Seq for whatever reason, we strongly recommend using pre-built binaries.


We have a script scripts/ for downloading and building all of Seq’s dependencies:

./scripts/ 2

This will download all dependencies to a new deps_src folder and compile them to a new deps folder (both in the current directory) using 2 cores.

This script works on macOS and Ubuntu; it might need to be modified to work on other platforms.

Compiling all dependencies can take upwards of an hour on a single core, but it only needs to be done once.


The following can generally be used to build Seq once the dependencies are compiled:

mkdir build
(cd build && cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release \
                      -DSEQ_DEP=/path/to/deps \
                      -DCMAKE_C_COMPILER=clang \
cmake --build build --config Release

This should produce the seqc executable in the build directory, as well as seqtest which runs the test suite.