More familiarity with computers may be required to build Sage from
the source code.
If you do have all the *pre-requisite tools*,
the process should be completely
painless, basically consisting in extracting the source tarball and typing
`make`. It can take your computer a while to build Sage from the source code,
although the procedure is fully automated and should need no human
intervention.

Building Sage from the source code has the major advantage that your install will be optimised for your particular computer and should therefore offer better performance and compatibility than a binary install. Moreover, it offers you full development capabilities: you can change absolutely any part of Sage or the programs on which it depends, and recompile the modified parts.

Download the Sage source code. If you changed your mind, you can also download a binary distribution for some operating systems.

See http://wiki.sagemath.org/SupportedPlatforms for the full list of platforms on which Sage is supported and the level of support for these systems.

Sage is supported on a number of Linux, Mac OS X , Sun/Oracle Solaris releases, but not necessarily all versions of these operating systems. There is no native version of Sage which installs on Microsoft Windows, although Sage can be used on Windows with the aid of a virtual machine or the Cygwin Linux API layer.

On the list of supported platforms, you can find details about ports to other operating systems or processors which may be taking place.

This section details the technical prerequisites needed on all platforms. See also the System-specific requirements below.

Your computer comes with at least 6 GB of free disk space running one of the supported versions of an operating system listed at http://wiki.sagemath.org/SupportedPlatforms. It is recommended to have at least 2 GB of RAM, but you might get away with less (be sure to have some swap space in this case).

In addition to standard POSIX utilities and the bash shell, the following standard command-line development tools must be installed on your computer:

- A
**C/C++ compiler**: Since Sage builds its own GCC if needed, a wide variety of C/C++ compilers is supported. Many GCC versions work, from as old as version 3.4.3 to the most recent release. Clang also works. On Solaris systems, the Sun compiler should also work. See also Using alternative compilers. **make**: GNU make, version 3.80 or later. Version 3.82 or later is recommended.**m4**: GNU m4 1.4.2 or later (non-GNU or older versions might also work).**perl**: version 5.8.0 or later.**ar**and**ranlib**: can be obtained as part of GNU binutils.**tar**: GNU tar version 1.17 or later, or BSD tar.

Sage also needs a Fortran compiler. The only configuration currently supported is matching versions of the C, C++ and Fortran compilers from the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). Therefore, if you plan on using your own GCC compilers, then make sure that their versions match.

Alternatively, Sage includes a GCC package, so that C, C++ and Fortran compilers will be built when the build system detects that it is needed, e.g., non-GCC compilers, or versions of the GCC compilers known to miscompile some components of Sage, or simply a missing Fortran compiler. In any case, you always need at least a C/C++ compiler to build the GCC package and its prerequisites before the compilers it provides can be used.

Note that you can always override this behavior through the environment
variable `SAGE_INSTALL_GCC`, see *Using alternative compilers* and
*Environment variables*.

Although some of Sage is written in Python, you do not need Python pre-installed on your computer, since the Sage installation includes virtually everything you need.

After extracting the Sage tarball, the subdirectory `upstream`
contains the source distributions for everything on which Sage depends.
We emphasize that all of this software is included with Sage, so you do not
have to worry about trying to download and install any one of these packages
(such as Python, for example) yourself.

When the Sage installation program is run, it will check that you have each of the above-listed prerequisites, and inform you of any that are missing, or have unsuitable versions.

On Mac OS X, there are various developer tools needed which may require
some registration on Apple’s developer site; see *Mac OS X prerequisite installation*.

On recent Debian or Ubuntu systems, the **dpkg-dev** package is needed for
multiarch support.

On Cygwin, the **lapack** and **liblapack-devel** packages are required to
provide ATLAS support as the Sage package for ATLAS is not built by default.

To check if you have the above prerequisites installed, for example `perl`,
type:

```
command -v perl
```

or:

```
which perl
```

on the command line. If it gives an error (or returns nothing), then
either `perl` is not installed, or it is installed but not in your
PATH.

On Linux systems (e.g., Ubuntu, Redhat, etc), `ar` and `ranlib` are in the
binutils package.
The other programs are usually located in packages with their respective names.
Assuming you have sufficient privileges, you can install the `binutils` and
other necessary components.
If you do not have the privileges to do this, ask your system administrator to
do this, or build the components from source code.
The method of installing additional software varies from distribution to
distribution, but on a Debian based system (e.g.
Ubuntu or Mint),
you would use
apt-get:

```
sudo apt-get install binutils gcc make m4 perl tar
```

to install all general requirements (this was tested on Ubuntu 12.04.2). On other Linux systems, you might use rpm, yum, or other package managers.

On OS X systems, you need a recent version of Command Line Tools. It provides all the above requirements.

If you have already installed Xcode (which at the time of writing is freely available in the Mac App Store, or through http://developer.apple.com/downloads/ provided you registered for an Apple Developer account), you can install the command line tools from there as well.

- With OS X Mavericks or Yosemite, run the command
`xcode-select --install`from a Terminal window and click “Install” in the pop-up dialog box. - Using OS X Mountain Lion or earlier, run Xcode, open its “Downloads” preference pane and install the command line tools from there.
- On pre-Lion OS X systems, the command line tools are not available as a separate download and you have to install the full-blown Xcode supporting your system version.

If you have not installed Xcode you can get these tools as a relatively small download, but it does require a registration.

- First, you will need to register as an Apple Developer at http://developer.apple.com/register/.
- Having done so, you should be able to download it for free at http://developer.apple.com/downloads/index.action?=command%20line%20tools
- Alternately, https://developer.apple.com/opensource/ should have a link to Command Line Tools.

On Solaris, you would use `pkgadd` and on OpenSolaris `ipf` to install
the necessary software.

On Cygwin, you would use the `setup.exe` program.
As on Linux systems, `ar` and `ranlib` are provided by the `binutils` package.
As far as compilers are concerned, you should either install matching versions
of the `gcc4-core`, `gcc4-g++`, and `gcc4-gfortran` packages, or
the `gcc4-core` package alone if you plan on using Sage’s own GCC.

On other systems, check the documentation for your particular operating system.

On OS X, the system-wide BSD `tar` supplied will build Sage, so there is no
need to install the GNU `tar`.

On Solaris or OpenSolaris, the Sun/Oracle versions of `make` and `tar` are
unsuitable for building Sage.
Therefore, you must have the GNU versions of `make` and `tar` installed and
they must be the first `make` and `tar` in your `PATH`.

On Solaris 10, a version of GNU `make` may be found at
`/usr/sfw/bin/gmake`,
but you will need to copy it somewhere else and rename it to `make`.
The same is true for GNU `tar`; a version of GNU `tar` may be found at
`/usr/sfw/bin/gtar`,
but it will need to be copied somewhere else and renamed to `tar`.
It is recommended to create a directory `$HOME/bins-for-sage` and to put
the GNU versions of `tar` and `make` in that directory.
Then ensure that `$HOME/bins-for-sage` is first in your `PATH`.
That’s because Sage also needs `/usr/ccs/bin` in your `PATH` to
execute programs like `ar` and `ranlib`, but `/usr/ccs/bin` has the
Sun/Oracle versions of `make` and `tar` in it.

If you attempt to build Sage on AIX or HP-UX, you will need to install both
GNU `make` and GNU `tar`.

Sage developers tend to use fairly recent versions of GCC. Nonetheless, the Sage build process should succeed with any reasonable C/C++ compiler. This is because Sage will build GCC first (if needed) and then use that newly built GCC to compile Sage.

If you don’t want this and want to try building Sage with a different set of
compilers,
you need to set the environment variable `SAGE_INSTALL_GCC` to `no`.
Make sure you have C, C++, and Fortran compilers installed!

Building all of Sage with Clang is currently not supported, see trac ticket #12426.

If you are interested in working on support for commerical compilers from HP, IBM, Intel, Sun/Oracle, etc, please email the sage-devel mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/sage-devel.

The following programs are recommended. They are not strictly required at build time or at run time, but provide additional capablities:

**dvipng**.**ffmpeg**.**ImageMagick**.**latex**: highly recommended.

It is highly recommended that you have Latex installed, but it is not required.

On Linux systems, it is usually provided by packages derived from TeX Live and can be installed using:

```
sudo apt-get install texlive
```

or similar commands.

On other systems it might be necessary to install TeX Live from source code, which is quite easy, though a rather time-consuming process.

If you don’t have either ImageMagick or ffmpeg, you won’t be able to view animations. ffmpeg can produce animations in more different formats than ImageMagick, and seems to be faster than ImageMagick when creating animated GIFs. Either ImageMagick or dvipng is used for displaying some LaTeX output in the Sage notebook.

By default, the Sage notebook uses the
HTTP
protocol when you type the command `notebook()`.
To run the notebook in secure mode by typing `notebook(secure=True)` which
uses the HTTPS protocol,
or to use OpenID authentication,
you need to follow specific installation steps described in
*Building the notebook with SSL support*.

Although all necessary components are provided through Sage optional packages,
i.e. you can install a local version of OpenSSL
by using Sage’s **openssl** package and running `sage -i openssl` as suggested
in *Building the notebook with SSL support* (this requires an Internet connection),
you might prefer to install OpenSSL and the OpenSSL development headers
globally on your system.

On Linux systems, those are usually provided by the **libssl** and
**libssl-dev** packages and can be installed using:

```
sudo apt-get install libssl libssl-dev
```

or similar commands.

Finally, if you intend to distribute the notebook load onto several Sage servers, you will surely want to setup an SSH server and generate SSH keys. This can be achieved using OpenSSH.

On Linux systems, the OpenSSH server, client and utilities are usually provided
by the **openssh-server** and **openssh-client** packages and can be installed
using:

```
sudo apt-get install openssh-server openssh-client
```

or similar commands.

If you want to use Tcl/Tk libraries in Sage, you need to install the Tcl/Tk and its development headers before building Sage. Sage’s Python will then automatically recognize your system’s install of Tcl/Tk.

On Linux systems, these are usually provided by the **tk** and **tk-dev**
(or **tk-devel**) packages which can be installed using:

```
sudo apt-get install tk tk-dev
```

or similar commands.

If you installed Sage first, all is not lost. You just need to rebuild Sage’s Python and any part of Sage relying on it:

```
sage -f python # rebuild Python
make # rebuild components of Sage depending on Python
```

after installing the Tcl/Tk development libraries as above.

If

```
sage: import _tkinter
sage: import Tkinter
```

does not raise an `ImportError`, then it worked.

Installation from source is (potentially) very easy, because the distribution contains (essentially) everything on which Sage depends.

Make sure there are **no spaces** in the path name for the directory in which
you build:
several of Sage’s components will not build if there are spaces in the path.
Running Sage from a directory with spaces in its name will also fail.

Go to http://www.sagemath.org/download-source.html, select a mirror, and download the file

`sage-x.y.z.tar`.This tarfile contains the source code for Sage and the source for all programs on which Sage depends. Note that this file is not compressed; it’s just a plain tarball (which happens to be full of compressed files).

Download it into any directory you have write access to, preferably on a fast filesystem, avoiding NFS and the like. On personal computers, any subdirectory of your

`HOME`directory should do. The directory where you built Sage is**NOT**hardcoded. You should be able to safely move or rename that directory. (It’s a bug if this is not the case.)Extract the tarfile:

tar xvf sage-x.y.z.tar

This creates a directory

`sage-x.y.z`.Change into that directory:

cd sage-x.y.z

This is Sage’s home directory. It is also referred to as

`SAGE_ROOT`or the top level Sage directory.Optional, but highly recommended: Read the

`README.txt`file there.On OSX 10.4, OS 10.5, Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris, if you wish to build a 64-bit version of Sage, assuming your computer and operating system are 64-bit, type:

export SAGE64=yes

It should be noted that as of April 2011, 64-bit builds of Sage on both Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris are not very stable, so you are advised not to set

`SAGE64`to`yes`. This will then create stable 32-bit versions of Sage. See http://wiki.sagemath.org/solaris for the latest information.Start the build process:

`make`

or if your system is multithreaded and you want to use several threads to build Sage:

MAKE='make -jNUM' make

to tell the

`make`program to run`NUM`jobs in parallel when building Sage. This compiles Sage and all its dependencies.Note that you do not need to be logged in as root, since no files are changed outside of the

`sage-x.y.z`directory. In fact,**it is inadvisable to build Sage as root**, as the root account should only be used when absolutely necessary and mistyped commands can have serious consequences if you are logged in as root. There has been a bug reported (see trac ticket #9551) in Sage which would have overwritten a system file had the user been logged in as root.Typing

`make`performs the usual steps for each Sage’s dependency, but installs all the resulting files into the local build tree. Depending on the age and the architecture of your system, it can take from a few tens of minutes to several hours to build Sage from source. On really slow hardware, it can even take a few days to build Sage.Each component of Sage has its own build log, saved in

`SAGE_ROOT/logs/pkgs`. If the build of Sage fails, you will see a message mentioning which package(s) failed to build and the location of the log file for each failed package. If this happens, then paste the contents of these log file(s) to the Sage support newsgroup at http://groups.google.com/group/sage-support. If the log files are very large (and many are), then don’t paste the whole file, but make sure to include any error messages. It would also be helpful to include the type of operating system (Linux, OS X, Solaris, OpenSolaris, Cygwin, or any other system), the version and release date of that operating system and the version of the copy of Sage you are using. (There are no formal requirements for bug reports – just send them; we appreciate everything.)See

*Make targets*for some targets for the`make`command,*Environment variables*for additional informatio on useful environment variables used by Sage, and*Building the notebook with SSL support*for additional instruction on how to build the notebook with SSL support.To start Sage, you can now simply type from Sage’s home directory:

./sage

You should see the Sage prompt, which will look something like this:

$ sage ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | Sage Version 5.8, Release Date: 2013-03-15 | | Type "notebook()" for the browser-based notebook interface. | | Type "help()" for help. | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- sage:

Note that Sage should take well under a minute when it starts for the first time, but can take several minutes if the file system is slow or busy. Since Sage opens a lot of files, it is preferable to install Sage on a fast filesystem if possible.

Just starting successfully tests that many of the components built correctly. Note that this should have been already automatically tested during the build process. If the above is not displayed (e.g., if you get a massive traceback), please report the problem, e.g., at http://groups.google.com/group/sage-support.

After Sage has started, try a simple command:

sage: 2 + 2 4

Or something slightly more complicated:

sage: factor(2005) 5 * 401

Optional, but highly recommended: Test the install by typing

`./sage --testall`. This runs most examples in the source code and makes sure that they run exactly as claimed. To test all examples, use`./sage --testall --optional=all --long`; this will run examples that take a long time, and those that depend on optional packages and software, e.g., Mathematica or Magma. Some (optional) examples will therefore likely fail.Alternatively, from within

`$SAGE_ROOT`, you can type`make test`(respectively`make ptest`) to run all the standard test code serially (respectively in parallel).Testing the Sage library can take from half an hour to several hours, depending on your hardware. On slow hardware building and testing Sage can even take several days!

Optional: Check the interfaces to any other software that you have available. Note that each interface calls its corresponding program by a particular name: Mathematica is invoked by calling

`math`, Maple by calling`maple`, etc. The easiest way to change this name or perform other customizations is to create a redirection script in`$SAGE_ROOT/local/bin`. Sage inserts this directory at the front of your`PATH`, so your script may need to use an absolute path to avoid calling itself; also, your script should pass along all of its arguments. For example, a`maple`script might look like:#!/bin/sh exec /etc/maple10.2/maple.tty "$@"

Optional: There are different possibilities to make using Sage a little easier:

Make a symbolic link from

`/usr/local/bin/sage`(or another directory in your`PATH`) to`$SAGE_ROOT/sage`:ln -s /path/to/sage-x.y.z/sage /usr/local/bin/sage

Now simply typing

`sage`from any directory should be sufficient to run Sage.Copy

`$SAGE_ROOT/sage`to a location in your`PATH`. If you do this, make sure you edit the line:`#SAGE_ROOT=/path/to/sage-version`

at the beginning of the copied

`sage`script according to the direction given there to something like:SAGE_ROOT=<SAGE_ROOT>

(note that you have to change

`<SAGE_ROOT>`above!). It is best to edit only the copy, not the original.For KDE users, create a bash script called

`sage`containing the lines (note that you have to change`<SAGE_ROOT>`below!):#!/bin/bash konsole -T "sage" -e <SAGE_ROOT>/sage

make it executable:

chmod a+x sage

and put it somewhere in your

`PATH`.You can also make a KDE desktop icon with this line as the command (under the Application tab of the Properties of the icon, which you get my right clicking the mouse on the icon).

On Linux and OS X systems, you can make an alias to

`$SAGE_ROOT/sage`. For example, put something similar to the following line in your`.bashrc`file:alias sage=<SAGE_ROOT>/sage

(Note that you have to change

`<SAGE_ROOT>`above!) Having done so, quit your terminal emulator and restart it. Now typing`sage`within your terminal emulator should start Sage.

Optional: Install optional Sage packages and databases. Type

`sage --optional`to see a list of them (this requires an Internet connection), or visit http://www.sagemath.org/packages/optional/. Then type`sage -i <package-name>`to automatically download and install a given package.Optional: Run the

`install_scripts`command from within Sage to create GAP, GP, Maxima, Singular, etc., scripts in your`PATH`. Type`install_scripts?`in Sage for details.Have fun! Discover some amazing conjectures!

Read this section if you are intending to run a Sage notebook server for multiple users.

For security, you may wish users to access the server using the HTTPS protocol
(i.e., to run `notebook(secure=True)`).
You also may want to use OpenID for user authentication.
The first of these requires you to install
pyOpenSSL,
and they both require OpenSSL.

If you have OpenSSL and the OpenSSL development headers installed on your system, you can install pyOpenSSL by building Sage and then typing:

```
./sage -i pyopenssl
```

Alternatively, `make ssl` builds Sage and installs pyOpenSSL at once.
Note that these commands require Internet access.

If you are missing either OpenSSL or OpenSSL’s development headers, you can install a local copy of both into your Sage installation first. Ideally, this should be done before installing Sage; otherwise, you should at least rebuild Sage’s Python, and ideally any part of Sage relying on it. The procedure is as follows (again, with a computer connected to the Internet). Starting from a fresh Sage tarball:

```
./sage -i openssl
make ssl
```

And if you’ve already built Sage:

```
./sage -i openssl
./sage -f python
make ssl
```

The third line will rebuild all parts of Sage that depend on Python; this can take a while.

Building on Cygwin will occasionally require “rebasing” `dll` files.
Sage provides some scripts, located in `$SAGE_LOCAL/bin`, to do so:

`sage-rebaseall.sh`, a shell script which calls Cygwin’s`rebaseall`program. It must be run within a`dash`shell from the`SAGE_ROOT`directory after all other Cygwin processes have been shut down and needs write-access to the system-wide rebase database located at`/etc/rebase.db.i386`, which usually means administrator privileges. It updates the system-wide database and adds Sage dlls to it, so that subsequent calls to`rebaseall`will take them into account.`sage-rebase.sh`, a shell script which calls Cygwin’s`rebase`program together with the`-O/--oblivious`option. It must be run within a shell from`SAGE_ROOT`directory. Contrary to the`sage-rebaseall.sh`script, it neither updates the system-wide database, nor adds Sage dlls to it. Therefore, subsequent calls to`rebaseall`will not take them into account.`sage-rebaseall.bat`(respectively`sage-rebase.bat`), an MS-DOS batch file which calls the`sage-rebaseall.sh`(respectively`sage-rebase.sh`) script. It must be run from a Windows command prompt, after adjusting`SAGE_ROOT`to the Windows location of Sage’s home directory, and, if Cygwin is installed in a non-standard location, adjusting`CYGWIN_ROOT`as well.

Some systems may encounter this problem frequently enough to make building or
testing difficult.
If executing the above scripts or directly calling `rebaseall` does not solve
rebasing issues, deleting the system-wide database and then regenerating it
from scratch, e.g., by executing `sage-rebaseall.sh`, might help.

Finally, on Cygwin, one should also avoid the following:

- building in home directories of Windows domain users;
- building in paths with capital letters (see trac ticket #13343, although there has been some success doing so).

To build Sage from scratch, you would typically execute `make` in Sage’s home
directory to build Sage and its HTML
documentation.
The `make` command is pretty smart, so if your build of Sage is interrupted,
then running `make` again should cause it to pick up where it left off.
The `make` command can also be given options, which control what is built and
how it is built:

`make build`builds Sage: it compiles all of the Sage packages. It does not build the documentation.`make doc`builds Sage’s documentation in HTML format. Note that this requires that Sage be built first, so it will automatically run`make build`first. Thus, running`make doc`is equivalent to running`make`.`make doc-pdf`builds Sage’s documentation in PDF format. This also requires that Sage be built first, so it will automatically run`make build`.`make build-serial`builds the components of Sage serially, rather than in parallel (parallel building is the default). Running`make build-serial`is equivalent to setting the environment variable`SAGE_PARALLEL_SPKG_BUILD`to “no” – see below for information about this variable.`make ptest`and`make ptestlong`: these run Sage’s test suite. The first version skips tests that need more than a few seconds to complete and those which depend on optional packages or additional software. The second version includes the former, and so it takes longer. The “p” in`ptest`stands for “parallel”: tests are run in parallel. If you want to run tests serially, you can use`make test`or`make testlong`instead. If you want to run tests depending on optional packages and additional software, you can use`make testall`,`make ptestall`,`make testalllong`, or`make ptestalllong`.`make distclean`restores the Sage directory to its state before doing any building: it is almost equivalent to deleting Sage’s entire home directory and unpacking the source tarfile again, the only difference being that the`.git`directory is preserved, so git branches are not deleted.

Sage uses several environment variables to control its build process.
Most users won’t need to set any of these: the build process just works on many
platforms.
(Note though that setting `MAKE`, as described below, can significantly
speed up the process.)
Building Sage involves building about 100 packages, each of which has its own
compilation instructions.

Here are some of the more commonly used variables affecting the build process:

`MAKE`- one useful setting for this variable when building Sage is`MAKE='make -jNUM'`to tell the`make`program to run`NUM`jobs in parallel when building. Note that not all Sage packages (e.g. ATLAS) support this variable.Some people advise using more jobs than there are CPU cores, at least if the system is not heavily loaded and has plenty of RAM; for example, a good setting for

`NUM`might be between 1 and 1.5 times the number of cores. In addition, the`-l`option sets a load limit:`MAKE='make -j4 -l5.5`, for example, tells`make`to try to use four jobs, but to not start more than one job if the system load average is above 5.5. See the manual page for GNU`make`: Command-line options and Parallel building.Warning

Some users on single-core OS X machines have reported problems when building Sage with

`MAKE='make -jNUM'`with`NUM`greater than one.`SAGE_NUM_THREADS`- if set to a number, then when building the documentation, parallel doctesting, or running`sage -b`, use this many threads. If this is not set, then determine the number of threads using the value of the`MAKE`(see above) or`MAKEFLAGS`environment variables. If none of these specifies a number of jobs, use one thread (except for parallel testing: there we use a default of the number of CPU cores, with a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 2).`SAGE_PARALLEL_SPKG_BUILD`- if set to`no`, then build spkgs serially rather than in parallel. If this is set to`no`, then each spkg may still take advantage of the setting of`MAKE`to build using multiple jobs, but the spkgs will be built one at a time. Alternatively, run`make build-serial`which sets this environment variable for you.`SAGE_CHECK`- if set to`yes`, then during the build process, and when running`sage -i <package-name>`or`sage -f <package-name>`, run the test suite for each package which has one. See also`SAGE_CHECK_PACKAGES`.`SAGE_CHECK_PACKAGES`- if`SAGE_CHECK`is set to`yes`, then the default behavior is to run test suites for all spkgs which contain them. If`SAGE_CHECK_PACKAGES`is set, it should be a comma-separated list of strings of the form`package-name`or`!package-name`. An entry`package-name`means to run the test suite for the named package regardless of the setting of`SAGE_CHECK`. An entry`!package-name`means to skip its test suite. So if this is set to`mpir,!python`, then always run the test suite for MPIR, but always skip the test suite for Python.Note

As of this writing (April 2013, Sage 5.8), the test suite for the Python spkg fails on most platforms. So when this variable is empty or unset, Sage uses a default of

`!python`.`SAGE64`- if set to`yes`, then build a 64-bit binary on platforms which default to 32-bit, even though they can build 64-bit binaries. It adds the compiler flag`-m64`when compiling programs. The`SAGE64`variable is mainly of use on OS X (pre 10.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, though it will add the`-m64`flag on any operating system. If you are running Linux or version 10.6 or later of OS X on a 64-bit machine, then Sage will automatically build a 64-bit binary, so this variable does not need to be set.`CFLAG64`- default value`-m64`. If Sage detects that it should build a 64-bit binary, then it uses this flag when compiling C code. Modify it if necessary for your system and C compiler. This should not be necessary on most systems – this flag will typically be set automatically, based on the setting of`SAGE64`, for example.`SAGE_INSTALL_GCC`- by default, Sage will automatically detect whether to install the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) package or not (depending on whether C, C++, and Fortran compilers are present and the versions of those compilers). Setting`SAGE_INSTALL_GCC=yes`will force Sage to install GCC. Setting`SAGE_INSTALL_GCC=no`will prevent Sage from installing GCC.`SAGE_INSTALL_CCACHE`- by default Sage doesn’t install ccache, however by setting`SAGE_INSTALL_CCACHE=yes`Sage will install ccache. Because the Sage distribution is quite large, the maximum cache is set to 4G. This can be changed by running`sage -sh -c "ccache --max-size=SIZE"`, where`SIZE`is specified in gigabytes, megabytes, or kilobytes by appending a “G”, “M”, or “K”.Sage does not include the sources for ccache since it is an optional package. Because of this, it is necessary to have an Internet connection while building ccache for Sage, so that Sage can pull down the necessary sources.

`SAGE_DEBUG`- controls debugging support. There are three different possible values:- Not set (or set to anything else than “yes” or “no”): build binaries with debugging symbols, but no special debug builds. This is the default. There is no performance impact, only additional disk space is used.
`SAGE_DEBUG=no`:`no`means no debugging symbols (that is, no`gcc -g`), which saves some disk space.`SAGE_DEBUG=yes`: build debug versions if possible (in particular, Python is built with additional debugging turned on and Singular is built with a different memory manager). These will be notably slower but, for example, make it much easier to pinpoint memory allocation problems.

`SAGE_PROFILE`- controls profiling support. If this is set to`yes`, profiling support is enabled where possible. Note that Python-level profiling is always avaliable; This option enables profiling in Cython modules.`SAGE_SPKG_LIST_FILES`- if set to`yes`, then enable verbose extraction of tar files, i.e. Sage’s spkg files. Since some spkgs contain such a huge number of files that the log files get very large and harder to search (and listing the contained files is usually less valuable), we decided to turn this off by default. This variable affects builds of Sage with`make`(and`sage --upgrade`) as well as the manual installation of individual spkgs with e.g.`sage -i`or`sage -f`.`SAGE_SPKG_INSTALL_DOCS`- if set to`yes`, then install package-specific documentation to`$SAGE_ROOT/local/share/doc/PACKAGE_NAME/`when an spkg is installed. This option may not be supported by all spkgs. Some spkgs might also assume that certain programs are available on the system (for example,`latex`or`pdflatex`).`SAGE_DOC_MATHJAX`- by default, any LaTeX code in Sage’s documentation is processed by MathJax. If this variable is set to`no`, then MathJax is not used – instead, math is processed using LaTeX and converted by dvipng to image files, and then those files are included into the documentation. Typically, building the documentation using LaTeX and dvipng takes longer and uses more memory and disk space than using MathJax.`SAGE_BUILD_DIR`- the default behavior is to build each spkg in a subdirectory of`$SAGE_ROOT/local/var/tmp/sage/build/`; for example, build version 3.8.3.p12 of`atlas`in the directory`$SAGE_ROOT/local/var/tmp/sage/build/atlas-3.8.3.p12/`. If this variable is set, then build in`$SAGE_BUILD_DIR/atlas-3.8.3.p12/`instead. If the directory`$SAGE_BUILD_DIR`does not exist, it is created. As of this writing (Sage 4.8), when building the standard Sage packages, 1.5 gigabytes of free space are required in this directory (or more if`SAGE_KEEP_BUILT_SPKGS=yes`– see below); the exact amount of required space varies from platform to platform. For example, the block size of the file system will affect the amount of space used, since some spkgs contain many small files.Warning

The variable

`SAGE_BUILD_DIR`must be set to the full path name of either an existing directory for which the user has write permissions, or to the full path name of a nonexistent directory which the user has permission to create. The path name must contain**no spaces**.`SAGE_KEEP_BUILT_SPKGS`- the default behavior is to delete each build directory – the appropriate subdirectory of`$SAGE_ROOT/local/var/tmp/sage/build`or`$SAGE_BUILD_DIR`– after each spkg is successfully built, and to keep it if there were errors installing the spkg. Set this variable to`yes`to keep the subdirectory regardless. Furthermore, if you install an spkg for which there is already a corresponding subdirectory, for example left over from a previous build, then the default behavior is to delete that old subdirectory. If this variable is set to`yes`, then the old subdirectory is moved to`$SAGE_ROOT/local/var/tmp/sage/build/old/`(or`$SAGE_BUILD_DIR/old`), overwriting any already existing file or directory with the same name.Note

After a full build of Sage (as of version 4.8), these subdirectories can take up to 6 gigabytes of storage, in total, depending on the platform and the block size of the file system. If you always set this variable to

`yes`, it can take even more space: rebuilding every spkg would use double the amount of space, and any upgrades to spkgs would create still more directories, using still more space.Note

In an existing Sage installation, running

`sage -i -s <package-name>`or`sage -f -s <package-name>`installs the spkg`<package-name>`and keeps the corresponding build directory; thus setting`SAGE_KEEP_BUILT_SPKGS`to`yes`mimics this behavior when building Sage from scratch or when installing individual spkgs. So you can set this variable to`yes`instead of using the`-s`flag for`sage -i`and`sage -f`.`SAGE_FAT_BINARY`- to prepare a binary distribution that will run on the widest range of target machines, set this variable to`yes`before building Sage:export SAGE_FAT_BINARY="yes" make ./sage --bdist x.y.z-fat

The following `SAGE_APP_*` -variables are specific to building a binary distribution on OSX:

`SAGE_APP_BUNDLE`- OSX-specific; defaults to`no`. Set to`yes`if you want to build a Sage OSX application rather than a terminal version of Sage.`SAGE_APP_TARGET_ARCH`- OSX-specific; defaults to`uname -m`. Meaningful values, on Intel, are`i386`and`x86_64`. To prepare a 64-bit binary distribution on an older 64-bit OSX machine that boots into a 32-bit system, one would do:export SAGE_APP_TARGET_ARCH=x86_64 make ./sage --bdist

`SAGE_APP_DMG`- OSX-specific; defaults to`yes`, can be set to`no`to create a tar file instead instead of a`dmg`image.`SAGE_APP_GZ`- OSX-specific; defaults to`yes`, used for debugging of`sage -bdist`to save time on the compression step. E.g.:export SAGE_APP_GZ=no export SAGE_APP_DMG=no ./sage --bdist

Variables to set if you’re trying to build Sage with an unusual setup, e.g., an unsupported machine or an unusual compiler:

`SAGE_PORT`- if you try to build Sage on a platform which is recognized as being unsupported (e.g. AIX, or HP-UX), or with a compiler which is unsupported (anything except GCC), you will see a message saying something like:You are attempting to build Sage on IBM's AIX operating system, which is not a supported platform for Sage yet. Things may or may not work. If you would like to help port Sage to AIX, please join the sage-devel discussion list -- see http://groups.google.com/group/sage-devel The Sage community would also appreciate any patches you submit. To get past this message and try building Sage anyway, export the variable SAGE_PORT to something non-empty.

If this is case and you want to try to build Sage anyway, follow the directions: set

`SAGE_PORT`to something non-empty (and expect to run into problems).`SAGE_USE_OLD_GCC`- the Sage build process requires GCC with a version number of at least 4.0.1. If the most recent version of GCC on your system is the older 3.4.x series and you want to build with`SAGE_INSTALL_GCC=no`, then set`SAGE_USE_OLD_GCC`to something non-empty. Expect the build to fail in this case.

Environment variables dealing with specific Sage packages:

`SAGE_ATLAS_ARCH`- if you are compiling ATLAS (in particular, if`SAGE_ATLAS_LIB`is not set), you can use this environment variable to set a particular architecture and instruction set extension, to control the maximum number of threads ATLAS can use, and to trigger the installation of a static library (which is disabled by default unless building our custom shared libraries fails). The syntax is`SAGE_ATLAS_ARCH=[threads:n,][static,]arch[,isaext1][,isaext2]...[,isaextN]`.While ATLAS comes with precomputed timings for a variety of CPUs, it only uses them if it finds an exact match. Otherwise, ATLAS runs through a lengthy automated tuning process in order to optimize performance for your particular system, which can take several days on slow and unusual systems. You drastically reduce the total Sage compile time if you manually select a suitable architecture. It is recommended to specify a suitable architecture on laptops or other systems with CPU throttling or if you want to distribute the binaries. Available architectures are

`POWER3`,`POWER4`,`POWER5`,`PPCG4`,`PPCG5`,`POWER6`,`POWER7`,`IBMz9`,`IBMz10`,`IBMz196`,`x86x87`,`x86SSE1`,`x86SSE2`,`x86SSE3`,`P5`,`P5MMX`,`PPRO`,`PII`,`PIII`,`PM`,`CoreSolo`,`CoreDuo`,`Core2Solo`,`Core2`,`Corei1`,`Corei2`,`Atom`,`P4`,`P4E`,`Efficeon`,`K7`,`HAMMER`,`AMD64K10h`,`AMDDOZER`,`UNKNOWNx86`,`IA64Itan`,`IA64Itan2`,`USI`,`USII`,`USIII`,`USIV`,`UST2`,`UnknownUS`,`MIPSR1xK`,`MIPSICE9`,`ARMv7`.and instruction set extensions are

`VSX`,`AltiVec`,`AVXMAC`,`AVXFMA4`,`AVX`,`SSE3`,`SSE2`,`SSE1`,`3DNow`,`NEON`.In addition, you can also set

`SAGE_ATLAS_ARCH=fast`which picks defaults for a modern (2-3 year old) CPU of your processor line, and`SAGE_ATLAS_ARCH=base`which picks defaults that should work for a ~10 year old CPU.

For example,

`SAGE_ATLAS_ARCH=Corei2,AVX,SSE3,SSE2,SSE1`would be appropriate for a Core i7 CPU.

`SAGE_ATLAS_LIB`- if you have an installation of ATLAS on your system and you want Sage to use it instead of building and installing its own version of ATLAS, set this variable to be the directory containing your ATLAS installation. It should contain the files`libatlas`,`liblapack`,`libcblas`,`libf77blas`(and optionally`libptcblas`and`libptf77blas`for multi-threaded computations), with extensions`.a`,`.so`, or`.dylib`. For backward compatibility, the libraries may also be in the subdirectory`SAGE_ATLAS_LIB/lib/`.`SAGE_MATPLOTLIB_GUI`- if set to anything non-empty except`no`, then Sage will attempt to build the graphical backend when it builds the matplotlib package.`INCLUDE_MPFR_PATCH`- this is used to add a patch to MPFR to bypass a bug in the memset function affecting sun4v machines with versions of Solaris earlier than Solaris 10 update 8 (10/09). Earlier versions of Solaris 10 can be patched by applying Sun patch 142542-01. Recognized values are:`INCLUDE_MPFR_PATCH=0`- never include the patch - useful if you know all sun4v machines Sage will be used are running Solaris 10 update 8 or later, or have been patched with Sun patch 142542-01.`INCLUDE_MPFR_PATCH=1`- always include the patch, so the binary will work on a sun4v machine, even if created on an older sun4u machine.- If this variable is unset, include the patch on sun4v machines only.

Some standard environment variables which are used by Sage:

`CC`- while some programs allow you to use this to specify your C compiler,**not every Sage package recognizes this**. If GCC is installed within Sage,`CC`is ignored and Sage’s`gcc`is used instead.`CPP`- similarly, this will set the C preprocessor for some Sage packages, and similarly, using it is likely quite risky. If GCC is installed within Sage,`CPP`is ignored and Sage’s`cpp`is used instead.`CXX`- similarly, this will set the C++ compiler for some Sage packages, and similarly, using it is likely quite risky. If GCC is installed within Sage,`CXX`is ignored and Sage’s`g++`is used instead.`FC`- similarly, this will set the Fortran compiler. This is supported by all Sage packages which have Fortran code. However, for historical reasons, the value is hardcoded during the initial`make`and subsequent changes to`$FC`might be ignored (in which case, the original value will be used instead). If GCC is installed within Sage,`FC`is ignored and Sage’s`gfortran`is used instead.`CFLAGS`,`CXXFLAGS`and`FCFLAGS`- the flags for the C compiler, the C++ compiler and the Fortran compiler, respectively. The same comments apply to these: setting them may cause problems, because they are not universally respected among the Sage packages.

Sage uses the following environment variables when it runs:

`DOT_SAGE`- this is the directory, to which the user has read and write access, where Sage stores a number of files. The default location is`$HOME/.sage/`.`SAGE_STARTUP_FILE`- a file including commands to be executed every time Sage starts. The default value is`$DOT_SAGE/init.sage`.`SAGE_SERVER`- if you want to install a Sage package using`sage -i <package-name>`, Sage downloads the file from the web, using the address`http://www.sagemath.org/`by default, or the address given by`SAGE_SERVER`if it is set. If you wish to set up your own server, then note that Sage will search the directory`SAGE_SERVER/packages/upstream`

for clean upstream tarballs, and it searches the directories

`SAGE_SERVER/packages/standard/`,`SAGE_SERVER/packages/optional/`,`SAGE_SERVER/packages/experimental/`,- and
`SAGE_SERVER/packages/archive/`

for old-style Sage packages. See the script

`$SAGE_ROOT/src/bin/sage-spkg`for the implementation.`SAGE_PATH`- a colon-separated list of directories which Sage searches when trying to locate Python libraries.`SAGE_BROWSER`- on most platforms, Sage will detect the command to run a web browser, but if this doesn’t seem to work on your machine, set this variable to the appropriate command.`SAGE_ORIG_LD_LIBRARY_PATH_SET`- set this to something non-empty to force Sage to set the`LD_LIBRARY_PATH`variable before executing system commands.`SAGE_ORIG_DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH_SET`- similar, but only used on OS X to set the`DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH`variable.`SAGE_CBLAS`- used in the file`SAGE_ROOT/src/sage/misc/cython.py`. Set this to the base name of the BLAS library file on your system if you want to override the default setting. That is, if the relevant file is called`libcblas_new.so`or`libcblas_new.dylib`, then set this to`cblas_new`.

Sage overrides the user’s settings of the following variables:

`MPLCONFIGDIR`- ordinarily, this variable lets the user set their matplotlib config directory. Due to incompatibilies in the contents of this directory among different versions of matplotlib, Sage overrides the user’s setting, defining it instead to be`$DOT_SAGE/matplotlib-VER`, with`VER`replaced by the current matplotlib version number.

Variables dealing with doctesting:

`SAGE_TIMEOUT`- used for Sage’s doctesting: the number of seconds to allow a doctest before timing it out. If this isn’t set, the default is 360 seconds (6 minutes).`SAGE_TIMEOUT_LONG`- used for Sage’s doctesting: the number of seconds to allow a doctest before timing it out, if tests are run using`sage -t --long`. If this isn’t set, the default is 1800 seconds (30 minutes).`SAGE_PICKLE_JAR`- if you want to update the the standard pickle jar, set this to something non-empty and run the doctest suite. See the documentation for the functions`picklejar()`and`unpickle_all()`in`$SAGE_ROOT/src/sage/structure/sage_object.pyx`, online here (picklejar) and here (unpickle_all).

This section addresses the question of how a system administrator can install a single copy of Sage in a multi-user computer network.

After building Sage, you may optionally copy or move the entire build tree to

`/usr/local`or another location. If you do this, then you must run`./sage`once so that various hardcoded locations get updated. For this reason, it might be easier to simply build Sage in its final location.Make a symbolic link to the

`sage`script in`/usr/local/bin`:ln -s /path/to/sage-x.y.z/sage /usr/local/bin/sage

Alternatively, copy the Sage script:

cp /path/to/sage-x.y.z/sage /usr/local/bin/sage

If you do this, make sure you edit the line:

`#SAGE_ROOT=/path/to/sage-version`

at the beginning of the copied

`sage`script according to the direction given there to something like:SAGE_ROOT=<SAGE_ROOT>

(note that you have to change

`<SAGE_ROOT>`above!). It is recommended not to edit the original`sage`script, only the copy at`/usr/local/bin/sage`.Make sure that all files in the Sage tree are readable by all (note that you have to change

`<SAGE_ROOT>`below!):chmod a+rX -R <SAGE_ROOT>

Optionally, you can test Sage by running:

make testlong

or

`make ptestlong`which tests files in parallel using multiple processes. You can also omit`long`to skip tests which take a long time.

To make SageTeX available to your users, see the instructions for
*installation in a multiuser environment*
.

Usually Sage will build ATLAS with architectural defaults that are not tuned to your particular CPU. In particular, if your CPU has powersaving enabled then no accurate timings can be made to tune the ATLAS build for your hardware. If BLAS performance is critical for you, you must recompile ATLAS after installing Sage either with architecture settings that match your hardware, or run through ATLAS’ automatic tuning process where timings of different implementations are compared and the best choice used to build a custom ATLAS library. To do so, you have to

- Leave the computer idle while you are reinstalling ATLAS. Most of ATLAS will intentionally only compile/run on a single core. Accurate timings of cache edges require that the CPU is otherwise idle.
- Make sure that CPU powersaving mode (that is, anything but the
`performance`CPU scaling governor in Linux) is turned off when building ATLAS. This requires administrator privileges. - If your architecture is listed in
`SAGE_ATLAS_ARCH`, you should set it as it can help ATLAS in narrowing down the timing search.

To help you disable CPU power saving, Sage includes an `atlas-config` script
that will turn off CPU powersave and rebuild ATLAS.
The script will call `sudo` to gain the necessary rights, which may prompt
you for your password. For example:

```
atlas-config
```

will run through the full automated tuning, and:

```
SAGE_ATLAS_ARCH=Corei2,AVX,SSE3,SSE2,SSE1 atlas-config
```

would be appropriate if you have a Core i3/5/7 processor with AVX support.

**This page was last updated in October 2014 (Sage 6.4).**