Installation instructions for Frama-C Helium release

Assuming OCaml (and the LablGtk2 bindings for the GUI) are installed, the following commands should be enough to compile Frama-C:

  tar zxvf frama-c-Helium-20080701.tar.gz
  cd frama-c-Helium-20080701
  make install

The binaries frama-c (and frama-c-gui if you have LablGtk2) are installed in /usr/local/bin. See below for more detailed instructions.


The following environments have been verified to compile Frama-C as soon as proper OCaml and LablGTK version are installed:

Other distributions may also be able to compile Frama-C provided they have the following tools:

You may use Godi to install Frama-C and the appropriate Ocaml and LablGtk versions.

Ocamlgraph and the Why platform are included in this distribution. Note that the Why platform is installed together with Frama-C (if the jessie plug-in is enabled), and might overwrite an existing why installation. The Why version prior to 2.13 included are not compatible with Frama-C.


Frama-C is configured by ./configure [options]

The configure file is generated by autoconf, so that the standard options for setting installation directories are available, in particular --prefix=/path. A plugin can be enabled by --enable-plugin and disabled by --disable-plugin. By default, all distributed plugins are enabled. See ./configure --help for the current list of plugins. Those who defaults to 'no' are not part of the Frama-C distribution (usually because they are currently too experimental to be released).

If you have a compatible Why platform version (> 2.13) installed, using ./configure --with-why-dir=no will not overwrite your Why platform installation.



Interesting Makefile targets are:


make install

Depending on the installation directory, this may require superuser privileges. This installs the following binary files:

Shared files are installed into the directory share/frama-c. It contains some .h files used as prelude by Frama-C.

As stated above, the Why platform is installed if you have enabled the jessie plug-in.