If you reached this page that means that you are interested in building Cutter from its source code. By building the latest development version of Cutter you will enjoy the most recent additions and bug fixes that are not on the release version.

Getting Started

First you must get the source of Cutter by cloning the repository:

git clone --recurse-submodules https://github.com/radareorg/cutter

The “official” way to build Cutter is by using qmake, but there are two alternatives – cmake and meson.

In any case, there are obviously some requirements:

  • Radare2 installed from submodule
  • Qt 5.9 or above
  • Python3.6
  • Breakpad installed using script (optional, disabled by default)

Building options

Note that there are three major building options available:

  • CUTTER_ENABLE_PYTHON compile with Python support
  • CUTTER_ENABLE_PYTHON_BINDINGS automatically generate Python Bindings with Shiboken2, required for Python plugins!
  • CUTTER_ENABLE_CRASH_REPORTS is used to compile Cutter with crash handling system enabled (Breakpad)

Preparing Breakpad

If you want to build Cutter with crash handling system, you want prepare Breakpad before. For this simply run one of the scripts (according to your OS) from root Cutter directory:

source scripts/prepare_breakpad_linux.sh # Linux
source scripts/prepare_breakpad_macos.sh # MacOS
scripts/prepare_breakpad.bat # Windows

Then if you are building on Linux you want to change PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable so it contains $CUSTOM_BREAKPAD_PREFIX/lib/pkgconfig. For this simply run


Building with Qmake

Compiling on Linux / macOS

The easy way is to simply run ./build.sh from the root directory, and let the magic happen. The script will use qmake to build Cutter.

If you want to manually use qmake, follow this steps:

mkdir build; cd build
qmake ../src/Cutter.pro
cd ..

Additional steps for macOS

On macOS you will also have to copy the launcher bash script:

mv Cutter.app/Contents/MacOS/Cutter Cutter.app/Contents/MacOS/Cutter.bin
cp ../src/macos/Cutter Cutter.app/Contents/MacOS/Cutter && chmod +x Cutter.app/Contents/MacOS/Cutter

Building with Cmake


  • CMake >= 3.1

Building on Linux

The root for CMake is in src/. In-source builds are not allowed, so you must run CMake from a separate directory:

cd src
mkdir build
cd build
cmake .. # Don't forget to provide build options

If all went well, you should now have a working Makefile in your build directory:


Building on Windows

Alternatively, on Windows you can run something like this (depending on your Cmake installation)

set CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=c:\Qt\qt-5.6.2-msvc2013-x86\5.6\msvc2013\lib\cmake
cd src
mkdir build
cd build
cmake-gui ..

Click Configure and select Visual Studio 14 2015 from the list. After configuration is done, click Generate and you can open Cutter.sln to compile the code as usual.


Cmake: qt development package not found

Depending on how Qt installed (Distribution packages or using the Qt installer application), CMake may not be able to find it by itself if it is not in a common place. If that is the case, double check that the correct Qt version is installed. Locate its prefix (a directory containing bin/, lib/, include/, etc.) and specify it to CMake using CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH in the above process, e.g.:

rm CMakeCache.txt # the cache may be polluted with unwanted libraries found before
cmake -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=/opt/Qt/5.9.1/gcc_64 ..

Building with Meson (Windows)

Additional requirements:

  • Visual Studio 2015 or Visual Studio 2017
  • Ninja build system
  • Meson build system

Download and unpack Ninja to the Cutter source root directory.

Environment settings (example for x64 version):

:: Export MSVC variables
CALL "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\VC\vcvarsall.bat" x64
:: Add qmake to PATH
SET "PATH=C:\Qt\5.10.1\msvc2015_64\bin;%PATH%"
:: Add Python to PATH
SET "PATH=C:\Program Files\Python36;%PATH%"

Install Meson:

python -m pip install meson

To compile Cutter run:

CALL prepare_r2.bat
CALL build.bat