In order to successfully build Multi Theft Auto from source, it is necessary to perform a number of steps, which we will explain below.
Before you can build Multi Theft Auto, make sure you have the following software and SDKs installed:
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (SP1 required)
- Microsoft DirectX SDK (only the Direct3D related components are required)
- Microsoft Platform SDK (not required on Windows 7, only the DirectShow components are required)
If you haven't already done so, install a client such as TortoiseSVN which can be used to download and manage the code.
Getting the latest source code
To get the latest code, you will have to Checkout our SVN repository with your SVN Client (i.e. TortoiseSVN) by using Checkout function, with the URL of http://mtasa-blue.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/.
Before building the software
To ensure the target directories have the correct permissions it is vital to install the latest unstable nightly into this exact directory:
C:\Program Files\MTA San Andreas x.x\
Where x.x is the version you are compiling for. If you have 64 bit windows, be sure to remove (x86) from the path.
Building the software
In order to build the source, you will need Microsoft Visual Studio. Open the project file in Shared/Core 2008.sln and build using one of the project configurations Debug or Release. Note that everything will run significantly slower in Debug mode.
Target directory and permissions
By default, the current version compiles the binaries into 'C:\Program Files\MTA San Andreas 1.2\'. To ensure the correct permissions, registry entries and support files are present, you should install the latest unstable nightly and the latest data files into that directory.
Getting the latest network module
Since the netc.dll/net.dll network modules for the client are covered by a different license, you will have to use the binary files that get installed with the latest nightly. If you want to run a debug version of MTA, MTA expects a debug version of the net dll. As we don't provide this, you can append '_d' to the filename of a release dll.
Running the software
You are almost ready to run your build of the Multi Theft Auto software.
Running the game client
Running the dedicated server
If you want to run the Multi Theft Auto dedicated server, you will have to install the required resources. These are required because they implement the most basic functionality (e.g. spawning players) in order to play.
Our official resources repository is hosted on Google Code: . It's recommended that you check out the latest resources from here or download a zipped revision from the Downloads tab on the resources project. Make sure that you are not using any of our resources from any previous versions of Multi Theft Auto, as this will cause issues.
If you have any problems with missing DLL files (e.g. libcurl.dll), simply copy these over from the client's data archive described above.
Please see our Coding guidelines for information on coding practice.