Intalling RGBDS on Windows

  1. First, pick the version you want to install. If you want to use master instead of a release, go here.
  2. Follow the “release page” link below “GitHub links”, and grab either of the win32 (for 32-bit Windows) or win64 (for 64-bit Windows) .zip files, near the bottom of the page.
  3. Unzip that file, you should get the .exe files alongside a couple of .dlls.
  4. Either:
    • Put all of the files in a directory, then add it to the PATH, using one of the following methods:
      • Graphically:
        1. Open Control Panel
        2. Click “User Accounts”
        3. Click “User Accounts” again
        4. Click “Change my environment variables”
        5. Select the “Path” line in the top panel
        6. Click “Edit…”
        7. Click “Browse…”, select the folder the files are in, and click OK
        8. Make sure that the new entry (which should be highlighted) is at the bottom of the list; if not, click on “Move Down” until it is
        9. Click “OK”
        10. Click “OK”
      • Using a command line:
        1. Use Explorer to go into the folder the files are in (you should see rgbasm.exe etc.), and click a blank part of the address bar near the top. Copy this path, and use this instead of <rgbds_path> in step 3!
        2. Open cmd or PowerShell
        3. Type setx PATH "%PATH%<rgbds_path>;" for cmd.exe, or setx PATH ${Env:PATH}<rgbds_path>; for PowerShell
        4. Close the window for the changes to take effect

        This will permanently allow you to use RGBDS. If you only want to modify the PATH temporarily, instead of the permanent setx command, you can use the temporary set one: set PATH="%PATH%<rgbds_path> for cmd.exe.

    • Put all of the files in your project’s directory
    • Put all of the files in a directory already in the PATH
  5. Profit! RGBDS can now be used from your favorite command line (cmd.exe or PowerShell, most likely). You can test it by running rgbasm --version.


Follow steps 1 to 3 of the instructions above; then, copy all of the .exe and .dll files to the /usr/local/bin directory of Cygwin’s installation. With the default settings, that should be C:\\cygwin64\\usr\\local\\bin. Do not put them in a subdirectory! (e.g. C:\\cygwin64\\usr\\local\\bin\\rgbds) This would not work.

After that, you should be able to use RGBDS from within the Cygwin terminal, which you can confirm by running rgbasm -V.

WSL, MSYS2, and other Linux-like environments

For these, you have to build from source. On WSL, you should install any prereqs using apt-get (example: sudo apt-get install libpng-dev). On MSYS2, use pacman (example: sudo pacman -S mingw-w64-libpng).