Dowloading pre-compiled OpenZen

The pre-compiled binaries for OpenZen on Windows are available to download here:

OpenZen Releases

The folder example in this download contains a full example how to use OpenZen together with VisualStudio 2017 on Windows 64-bit.

Building OpenZen from Source

OpenZen uses CMake (3.11 or higher) as build system, and has been built and tested on Windows (MSVC) and Ubuntu (gcc7). As OpenZen is written in C++17, an up-to-date compiler is required. The following steps guide you through building OpenZen for Windows and Linux.


  • Install MSVC build tools, or the Visual Studio IDE (requires C++17 support)

  • Install CMake, or a GUI (e.g. Visual Studio) that incorporates CMake

  • Install Qt (5.11.2 or higher)

  • Clone the external repositories:

git submodule update --init
  • Configure CMake with the environment variable CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH pointing towards your Qt bin directory

You can do that by inserting this line (with the correct Qt installation path on your system)

set(CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH "C://Qt//5.12.3//msvc2017_64//")

in the topmost CMakeLists.txt Now you can run the OpenZenExample using MSVC.


  • Install gcc7 (requires C++17 support): sudo apt-get install gcc-7

  • Install CMake (instructions)

  • Install Qt (5.11.2 or higher): sudo apt-get install qtbase5-dev qtconnectivity5-dev

  • Clone the external repositories:

git submodule update --init
  • Create a build folder and run cmake:

mkdir build && cd build
cmake ..

Now you can run the OpenZenExample:

make -j4