Compiling MakeHuman from source (Linux/Ubuntu Gutsy)

Note! You can find .deb-files for older version from here:

Lets's start with installing development environment:

sudo apt-get install build-essential

Install dependencies

You need (at least) following packages:

sudo apt-get install freeglut3-dev

sudo apt-get install xorg-dev

sudo apt-get install libpng12-dev

Get source code

Download following files (or newer ones):

  • animorph-0.3.tar.gz
  • makehuman-0.9.1-rc1a.tar.gz
  • mhgui-0.2.tar.gz

and extract them:

tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz


cd animorph-0.3


If there are no errors then continue:


sudo make install

Now we have compiled and installed Animorph -library.

Then we must compile and install mhgui-0.2



sudo make install

And finally we can compile and install makehuman itself.



sudo make install


In first time we must run ldconfig so that MakeHuman can find animorph and mhgui libraries::

sudo ldconfig

No we can start MakeHuman:


Hope you find this tutorial useful!