Gimp Plugins in Win32
This page is a couple
years out of date – there’s now a GIMP wiki which, hopefully, will
become a good repository for this sort of info. If you compile
from source under windows as per this
page, you should be able to
compile your own plugins as well (I don’t know if gimp-tool is
currently working for win32 though – so you may still need to
custom build scripts as I did here.)
The following is my guide to compiling gimp plugins in MS windows:
(There are probably easier ways to do all this, but now that I've got
it all working, I don't have too much of an incentive to figure them
out. If you want up-to-date help and supplementary info, log yourself
onto the wingimp
Start by going to the WinGimp
Download all the release and development packages and install them as
Tor instructs (just the development packages by themselves, even if you
already have a copy of wingimp, are not enough).
(I used c:\gimplibs as my GIMPTOP directory; if you want my to avoid
editing my perlscript, you will need to do the same.)
One trivial detail that Tor doesn't mention is that in order to use
pkg-config, you need to go into your environment variable settings
(control panel/System/Advanced), and create a new variable:
PKG_CONFIG_PATH = C:\gimplibs\lib\pkgconfig.
Now you'll need to get your hands on the mingw compiler (gcc for
windows), as well as cygwin (a
shell environment which makes gnu-make happier).
When you install cygwin, install everything listed under the developer
packages. Then run setup again an uninstall gcc and gcc-mingw. This is
the only way that I have found to get mingw to link properly. I have no
idea why it works.
Once you've reached this point, you should have a setup that can build
You can test it out by downloading my simple
plugin source and running 'make' from the cygwin shell. Before
trying this you should extend your PATH environment variable to include
mingw's bin dir, as well as the GIMPTOP lib and bin subdirectories.
(Note that even though you are using cygwin to compile the plugins, the
plugins are not for a cygwin version of gimp.)
Take the compiled lumtoalpha.exe and put it in
GIMPTOP\lib\gimp\1.2\plugins, then start gimp by running the executable
in GIMPTOP\bin. Go to the image menu, and try the plugin in
Filters/Sven. If that works then congratulate yourself, you've just
compiled a fresh gimp plugin and successfully used it.
One of the bothersome things about the instillation setup at this point
is that `gimptool --build` and `gimptool --install` still don't work. I
don't know how to fix this. However, for my own convenience, I have put
together the following kludge: With a little messing around, gimptool's
output can be used to create makefiles that will correctly compile
plugins (assuming gcc is called from the cygwin shell).
So I've made a perl script that creates
such makefiles using a tweaked version of gimptool's output:
"perl plugin-make.pl plugin_name > Makefile && make"
gives you the effect that you should get from:
"gimp-tool --build plugin_name.c".