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JALv2 & Jallib installation guide

Getting Jallib

The Jallib repository is maintained at It's safer to ignore the "Automated weekly build..." files in this download directory (these, as the prefix implies, are updates to the repository automatically compiled by the server and are probably untested). Look instead for the latest version of the release file which has the annotation "Don't know which to choose? Take this one!". These are the tested releases and, while we can't guarantee that there won't be any bugs at all, will provide a reasonably trouble-free installation.

The release files are all ZIP archives, which can be easily unpacked on most modern operating systems (Windows/Linux/MacOSX). Jallib releases also all come complete with a pre-compiled binary version of the JALv2 compiler for both Windows and Linux in the top-level compiler directory and a full set of documentation (including a copy of this tutorial) in the top-level doc directory, so there's nothing to stop you getting started straight away.

Windows Install:

  1. Download the latest stable Jallib release installer executable from, This will install JALv2 + JalEdit
  2. Update your installation (very important) - Download jallib-pack or jallib-pack-bee from, copy the .zip contents into your Jallib installation directory.
  3. Run the setup file
  4. Run JalEdit.exe from the "jaledit" directory
  5. (optional) Click Tools Menu -> Environment Options -> Programmer, Then Set the Programmer Executable Path

You should see something like this under Windows:

Linux Install

Note: All instances of filenames or paths within square brackets below (eg:- [filename.tar.gz]) are for illustration only. You will need to change these examples to suit your specific installation. Do not just copy and paste the examples!
Note: Two commands (tar/unzip) are shown below for unpacking the Jallib file. You only need to use one or the other, not both. Which one you use depends upon the suffix of the file. If the filename ends in ".tar.gz", use the tar command. If the filename ends in ".zip", use the unzip command.
  1. Go to and select the link for the latest, stable version of Jallib (see:- Getting Jallib, above)
  2. Change directory ("cd [/target/directory]") to the location where you intend to install JALv2
  3. Download the package with: $ wget [link location of the jallib-pack] or simply use your favorite browser to download the package and then move it into your chosen installation directory.
  4. Either untar the package with: $ tar xzf [filename.tar.gz]
  5. Or unzip the package with: $ unzip []

You should see something like this under Linux:

Note: Jaledit also runs under Wine on Linux